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    Scott J. Stitt Partner

    Scott Stitt’s national litigation practice focuses on three overlapping areas: ERISA and employee benefits disputes, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) matters, and business and employment litigation.

    Scott co-chairs both the Tucker Ellis ERISA Litigation and ESOP practices and is the Partner-in-Charge of the Columbus office.

    As lead trial counsel, Scott has represented corporations, ESOP and defined benefit plan trustees, physicians and medical practice groups, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in complex class-action litigation in Ohio, New York, Illinois, California, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, and other jurisdictions.

    Scott’s ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes ERISA criminal and civil disputes; DOL and IRS audits and investigations; benefit claim disputes; breach of fiduciary duty claims regarding issues such as defined benefit plan collections and calculations and the fees incurred in 401(k) plans; alleged prohibited transactions; and executive compensation issues, such as disputes regarding bonuses and deferred compensation.

    Scott’s extensive ESOP experience includes representing ESOP trustees, selling shareholders, ESOP companies and Boards of Directors, private equity firms that have purchased ESOP-owned companies, ESOP valuation firms, and other ESOP professionals as litigation counsel and sometimes special counsel in scenarios including ESOP purchases, ESOP sales, administrative disputes, litigation filed by the DOL, class-action litigation filed by participants, and special investigations, among others.

    Scott also litigates employment and business disputes in state and federal courts, including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, product liability claims, claims for accounting or legal malpractice, and disputes over the value of privately held businesses and other assets.

    Scott and his wife Aimee reside in Powell, Ohio, with their golden retriever Pippa.

    Ann M. Caresani Partner

    Ann Caresani, chair of the Tucker Ellis Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, is a trusted advisor to business owners, board members, executives, and in-house counsel.

    As a business attorney and certified public accountant with an M.B.A., Ann has the business perspective needed to assist clients with their strategic objectives such as business succession planning and mergers and acquisitions. She works closely with Tucker Ellis attorneys with various areas of expertise to ensure that clients’ needs are timely and efficiently met, regardless of the nature of the issues faced.

    Ann focuses her practice on employee benefits, ERISA, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and executive compensation. She counsels employers on the design, administration, and termination of their employee benefit programs, including tax-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements.

    Ann defends employers, plan administrators, trustees, banks, insurers, investment managers, and other fiduciaries and service providers in ERISA litigation matters, including class action pension claims, ESOPs, breach of fiduciary duty claims, multi-employer plan breach of fiduciary duty claims regarding investment management, bankruptcy trustee claims involving 403(b) plan assets, executive compensation top-hat benefit claims, and denial of medical and disability benefit claims.

    Ann helps plan fiduciaries resolve technical issues with actuaries, third-party administrators, and other service providers. She advises plan administrators, domestic relations attorneys, and financial advisors regarding qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). Ann also represents employers with respect to employee benefit matters before governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor, and she assists employers with government filings and reports, audits, investigations, voluntary compliance programs, determination letter requests, and private letter ruling requests. Ann counsels employers, third-party administrators, and multiple employer welfare arrangement sponsors and trustees to help ensure they comply with laws affecting employee benefits, such as the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, COBRA, HIPAA, and GINA. She helps them navigate through health care reform (Affordable Care Act), HIPAA privacy, and HIPAA data security breaches, and stay abreast of emerging guidance in these areas, such as regarding association health plans. She also advises financial institutions regarding prohibited transaction exemptions.

    Ann is Band 2-ranked in Chambers USA 2018 for her work in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio), where sources note that she is "adept at applying the law to unique circumstances and driving towards strategic goals." Clients describe her as "responsive and knowledgeable," and add: "Her communication skills are first-rate."

    Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, especially when traveling somewhere tropical. She is currently seeking partners to join her in ziplining, practicing air yoga, and riding roller coasters.

    William H. Berglund Counsel

    Bill Berglund achieves diverse solutions to complex legal problems for pharmaceutical, medical device, and other product manufacturers in federal and state court litigation nationwide.

    Bill also represents and counsels hospitals, individual health care providers, and other regulated businesses with respect to medical privacy and data security issues and federal and state law compliance.

    Bill is well-versed in defending a wide variety of class actions, including consumer and product liability claims. He also has extensive experience managing client matters through federal multidistrict litigation (MDL), including the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has led teams of lawyers and support staff drafting complex legal briefs, taking and defending depositions, and developing expert witnesses covering medicine, science, FDA/regulatory, product design, and manufacturing issues.

    Before becoming a lawyer, Bill was a Teach For America corps member and special education teacher at a high school near New Orleans, Louisiana, and remains passionate about helping children gain access to better education. Following law school, Bill was Law Clerk to the Honorable Carl J. Barbier, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

    Bill and his wife Ellen reside in Shaker Heights. In his spare time, Bill enjoys running, baseball, and chasing after his four sons.

    Corine R. Corpora Counsel

    Corine Corpora has been actively involved in the employee benefits community for over 25 years.

    Corine’s client service experience includes representing all sizes of privately and publicly held organizations in the manufacturing, healthcare, information, food and beverage, and education industries, among others. She counsels clients with respect to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare and fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation, as well as incentive and stock-based compensation and rewards programs. She also advises clients on the complex rules governing ESOPs, has successfully defended ESOPs on audit, and currently counsels several ESOP-owned clients. Corine often works directly with clients’ accountants, actuaries, third-party advisors, and other service providers to address administrative and compliance issues. She has also been engaged by service providers to assist with legal matters relating to their clients.

    Corine is proud to give back to the employee benefits community through her involvement in the Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB) Network, a national not-for-profit organization devoted to the development and education of employee benefits professionals. At both the local and national levels, Corine is devoted to providing meaningful educational and networking opportunities to employee benefits professionals at all experience levels.

    Christine M. Snyder Counsel

    Christine Snyder assists public and private employers in navigating complex employment laws and regulations.

    She offers employers practical, preventive advice to help them avoid employment law claims and ensure that their policies and practices comply with ever-changing federal and state labor and employment laws. She also defends employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

    Christine defends employers in litigation matters including wage and hour class actions and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, wrongful discharge, and ERISA disputes.

    Christine conducts investigations of employee complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and defends clients in employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters. She advises large and small public and private employers on employee and manager training, and prepares policies and procedures on topics including leave, separation and severance agreements, and releases of claims, as well as non-compete agreements, social media use, drug testing, and wage and hour matters. Christine defends private employers against employee charges filed with the EEOC and the OCRC and advises clients on compliance with FMLA and ADA rules and regulations. She also represents clients in ERISA disputes.

    Christine and her husband Bill live in Shaker Heights with their extremely spoiled silver Labradors Chelsea and Jingle. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and renovating her century-old home.

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