Abby has a wide range of experience in advising employers on matters of employee benefits and executive compensation, both on an ongoing basis and in connection with corporate transactions. She regularly advises on the employment, ERISA, tax and securities law implications of an employer’s compensatory arrangements and benefit programs. Her clients include colleges and universities, health care systems, public and private corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Abby advises employers in the academic and health care fields on the unique issues facing tax-exempt employers. Her corporate transactions practice focuses on strategic acquisitions.

Prior to joining the benefits consulting group in 2015, Abby was an associate at Ropes & Gray in the tax & benefits department from 2006-2015, with a focus on employee benefits and executive compensation matters.


Tax Exempt Deferred Compensation

Abby regularly advises her tax-exempt clients regarding the design, implementation, and compliance aspects of a wide range of programs, including supplemental executive retirement plans, 457(b) plans, executive severance plans, individual employment and separation agreements, split-dollar arrangements, and cash incentive opportunities. She also assists clients in developing and implementing tenured faculty early retirement incentives.

Governmental Plans

Abby assists her governmental clients in navigating issues and opportunities unique to governmental employers. In particular, she supports clients in maximizing retirement benefit opportunities available to employees of governmental employers. 

Strategic M&A

  • Represented Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading global biopharmaceutical company, in its $9.5 billion acquisition by Merck.
  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in the benefits aspects of its acquisitions and divestitures, including its $1 billion buyout of Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a discovery and development firm focused on drugs to treat hormonally-driven cancers.
  • Represented Entegris, Inc., a worldwide developer, manufacturer and supplier of products and materials used in processing and manufacturing in the microelectronics and other high-technology industries, in its $1.15 billion acquisition of ATMI, Inc.
  • Represented GT Advanced Technologies in a number of acquisitions including Thermal Technology LLC, Confluence Solar, Inc. and Crystal Systems, Inc.
  • Represented Keurig Green Mountain in a number of acquisitions and disposition transactions, including the acquisitions of Van Houtte, Inc., Diedrich Coffee, and Timothy’s Coffees of the World, Inc., and the sale of Filterfresh.
  • Represented Salient Surgical Technologies in its sale to Medtronic for $525 million.

Pro Bono

  • Abby has assisted pro bono clients in seeking tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and updating corporate bylaws. More recently, Abby represented a victim of human trafficking in obtaining legal immigration status and reuniting her with her young child.

Areas of Practice