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Mark A. Smith
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Lancaster, PA

Mark Smith concentrates his practice in counseling clients in all aspects of employee benefits and ERISA, including the design and implementation of retirement and welfare benefit plans, administration of retirement and welfare benefit plans, retirement planning and taxation of plan distributions and fiduciary law aspects of ERISA. He has considerable experience with a broad range of employee benefit programs, including qualified pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, welfare benefit plans (including health care arrangements, retiree health plans, cafeteria plans and VEBAS) and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. Before joining Barley Snyder, Mark was the manager of global employee benefits compliance at AMP, Inc., where he oversaw the design, financial management and legal compliance of benefit programs worldwide. Earlier, he was the benefits practice leader in Central Pennsylvania with an international accounting and consulting firm.

PRESENTATIONS
  • “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Employee Benefit Plan Lessons Learned and Unfinished Business”, 38th Annual Employment Law Seminar (May 2021)
  • “Employee Benefit Considerations Related to COVID-19”, 37th Annual Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (September 2020)
  • “Reducing Benefit Plan Litigation Risks”, Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • “Employee Wellness Programs and Navigating the Compliance Labyrinth” (September 2018)
  • “Opportunities & Hazards in Retirement Plan Design”, 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • “Top Payroll and Payroll Tax Issues Facing Human Resource Professionals (and Their Controllers, Too!)”, 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • “Effective Employee Wellness Programs and Navigating the Compliance Labyrinth”, 2017 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (April 2018)
  • “I’M A FIDUCIARY? WHAT NOW?!”, Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • “Employment Separation and Your Employee Benefits Plans”, Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2015)
  • “No Rest for Benefit Plan Sponsors”, Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform: What does the delay of the employer mandate mean for plan sponsors?”, ACC Seminar: What Keeps You up at Night? (September 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform: Countdown to January 1, 2014 & Pay or Play”, Barley Snyder Employment Seminar, (May 2013)
  • “Managing the Challenge of Health Care Reform – Should You Pay or Play?”, Barley Snyder Business Seminar (October 2012)
  • Provided expert testimony on behalf of the Corporate Health Care Coalition before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources concerning external review and ERISA remedies
  • “2012 ERISA Spotlight Will Shine on Retirement Plan Fees and Expenses”, Barley Snyder Employment Seminar, (May 2012)
  • Developed seminar on QDROs for The Dickinson School of Law Family Law Clinic
    Author of a series of employee benefit articles for the Association of Pennsylvania Contractors
  • Regional Bankruptcy Trustees Meeting – Impact of PPACA on Employers and Employer Plans
  • “Time for a Health & Welfare Benefit Plan Compliance Check-Up”, Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar
  • “Fringe Benefits Taxation, Wellness and Self-Insured Medical Plan Discrimination Testing”, Murray IHC Health Plan Consortium
  • PA Chamber of Business and Industry Healthcare Roundtable – Understanding Healthcare Regulations
  • “Federal Healthcare Reform and What it Means for Employers”, Lancaster Bar Association
  • “Welfare Benefit Plan Document Requirements and Non-Discrimination”, Murray Construction Consortium
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Mark serves as an adjunct professor of law at The Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, where he developed and teaches the Pension and Employee Benefits Law Course and is a recipient of the Edward C. First Adjunct Faculty Award.
Mark A. Smith
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, LL.M in Taxation
  • University of Georgia, BBA, general honors
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania

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