Lena Gionnette - Labor & Employment - Nixon Peabody LLP

Lena Gionnette

Lena focuses her practice on creating, reviewing, and implementing benefit and compensation programs designed to meet the needs of for-profit and nonprofit entities of all sizes.

What do you focus on?

In today’s competitive workforce, employee benefit plans are an efficient tool for attracting and retaining talent. I help employers navigate the complex and evolving legal landscape surrounding benefit plans to ensure that their offerings are well-designed and properly maintained.

I regularly advise employers, executives, and third-party administrators on a wide range of issues relating to health and welfare plans, defined contribution and defined benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, and fringe benefits.

I assist with day-to-day plan administration issues, and I’m heavily involved in drafting plan documents, amendments, required notices, and participant communications. I also help resolve plan errors under the IRS and DOL correction programs, and guide clients through governmental audits. In addition, I counsel clients on benefits issues in connection with their corporate transactions.

What do you see on the horizon?

Claims involving healthcare and retirement benefits continue to remain on the rise. Employers can limit their risk and exposure through proper plan governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and clear and accurate employee communications.

Stimulus legislation gives temporary relief under flexible spending arrangements

Journal of Compensation and Benefits | March 12, 2021

Washington, DC partner Damian Myers, Chicago partner Yelena Gray, and Rochester associate Lena Gionnette, all of the Corporate group and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team, contributed this article summarizing the temporary relief for flexible spending accounts in the December 2020 stimulus law, highlighting important takeaways for plan sponsors.

Number of 401(k) Funds Offered to Plan Participants Shrinks

HR News | December 01, 2020

This article on the shrinking number of funds offered to 401(k) plan participants quotes a recent Fall Employee Benefits Briefing blog post written by Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation leader and Corporate partner Eric Paley, Corporate partners Christian Hancey and Brian Kopp, and Corporate associates Lena Gionnette and Jenny Holmes, all in Rochester; and Washington, D.C. Corporate counsel Damian Myers.


Lena Gionnette



Phone: 585-263-1669

Fax: 844-864-7848

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Articles editor, University of Cincinnati Law Review

University of Michigan, B.A., English, History, and Modern Greek




  • Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Employee Benefits Committee, Oakland County Bar Association
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