Nixon Peabody grows employee benefits team

March 04, 2015

New counsel Sarah Ranni joins firm; brings health/welfare, retirement plan and executive compensation experience

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Buffalo, NY. Nixon Peabody is expanding its labor & employment practice with the arrival of Sarah K. Ranni. Sarah, who joins as counsel in the Buffalo office, will be a member of the firm’s national employee benefits team. Sarah’s addition brings the number of Nixon Peabody attorneys practicing exclusively in the area of employee benefits to 17.

“Employee benefits programs are important to every aspect of an employer’s business. As the rules governing these programs have become more complex, particularly in the area of health and welfare plans, our need for attorneys who can effectively counsel clients on the practical impact of those rules has grown significantly,” said Eric Paley, partner and co-leader of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice. “Sarah is a wonderful addition to our strong employee benefits team which includes former in-house human resources, legal, governmental, and CPA professionals.”

Sarah focuses her practice on the variety of legal issues affecting employee benefit plans. She counsels employers regarding the design, documentation and administration of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation plans, including the compliance of such plans with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and the unique tax rules that apply to non-profit organizations. She also advises clients regarding employee benefit matters that arise during mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

“We are confident that with her more than 10 years’ experience advising employers of varying sizes and sophistication levels with respect to plan design, administration and compliance, Sarah will be a great asset to our clients. We’re excited that Sarah is joining our team,” said Martha Anderson, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Buffalo office.

Sarah is a member of the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western Chapter. She is director of the Fordham Club of Buffalo. Sarah earned her J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School and her B.A. from Fordham University.

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