Amy Pocino Kelly

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Amy Pocino Kelly

Amy Pocino Kelly

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Biography

Amy Pocino Kelly is the deputy practice leader for the employee benefits and executive compensation practice. Amy’s practice focuses on providing strategic, day-to-day guidance on employee benefits plan matters to plan sponsors, including public and private companies, tax-exempt organizations, and governmental employers. She counsels these clients on the design, governance, operation, and compliance of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, equity and executive compensation arrangements, and welfare benefit plans. Amy also represents plan sponsors in audit and correction matters before the US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Amy provides critical benefits and executive compensation counseling to assist clients in integrating, changing, or terminating benefits plans. During and after mergers and acquisitions, she oversees due diligence reviews of benefit plans and handles executive compensation for key management. She also supervises the design and implementation of retention agreements and analysis of the application of Sections 280G and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Collaborating with management, in-house counsel, consultants, and board compensation committees, she helps develop equity compensation and executive plans and agreements. She also represents senior management teams in leveraged buyouts.

In addition, Amy counsels clients on plan governance and fiduciary obligations, including investment issues and prohibited transactions. To keep clients in compliance with US federal rules, she helps them identify and correct administration or document failures in accordance with the IRS Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System. She also guides them in analyzing and fixing fiduciary failures under the DOL’s voluntary correction program.

Often when other firms represent their clients in transactions, they call in Amy as a consultant on the employee benefits, employment, and labor issues that arise in those deals. Amy led the firm’s representation in a merger of two national landscape management companies. She and her team advised on employee benefits, labor and employment, immigration, and government contracts matters. That advice included diligence and negotiation of the merger agreement with respect to multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability issues. The deal closed, and the combined company has more than 20,000 employees, approximately $2 billion in annual revenues, and 140 years of industry experience.

Amy regularly speaks on employee benefits topics at external and co-hosted events and presentations, and in Morgan Lewis–hosted webinars, roundtables, and events. To help organizations committed to education, human rights, the arts, athletics, and low income and homeless people, Amy provides pro bono employee benefits advice and counseling. She also serves as vice chair of the board for Women Against Abuse.

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1950

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1999

Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the oldest of the three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which itself merged with Rutgers University, one of the most recognized public universities in the world, and the eighth oldest college in the country. The Law School celebrated its centennial on September 9, 2008. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association, a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. It submits annual ABA-required disclosures. According to its 2013 disclosure, 82.2% of the Class of 2013 had long-term employment nine months after graduation; 55.9% of that class were employed in full-time, long-term, J.D.-required positions at that time. The law school's alumni include two currently sitting United States Senators.

B.A.
Class of 1996

Boston University (most commonly referred to as BU) is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university has more than 4,000 faculty members and 29,000 students,and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, and medical and dental degrees through 18 schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU also operates 75 study abroad programs in over 33 cities in over 20 countries and has internship opportunities in 10 different countries (including the United States and abroad).

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to various industries. Their industry-focused practices include: antitrust, energy, life sciences, and securities. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE IS A LEADING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE PROVIDER AND ADVOCATE. THE MISSION OF WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE, AND NONJUDGMENTAL SERVICES IN A MANNER THAT FOSTERS SELF-RESPECT AND INDEPENDENCE IN PERSONS EXPERIENCING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND TO LEAD THE STRUGGLE TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THROUGH ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION. THE ORGANIZATION FULFILLS THIS MISSION THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2019, WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE SERVED 10,540 PEOPLE THROUGH ONE OR MORE OF ITS SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDE EMERGENCY SAFE HAVEN, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THE COMMUNITY-BASED SAFE AT HOME PROGRAM, LEGAL AID, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE, HOTLINE COUNSELING, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY. THESE SERVICES MAKE A TANGIBLE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY BY EMPOWERING THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS TO HEAL AND EMBRACE FUTURES OF SAFETY AND HOPE.

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2018

United Way of Southern Nevada provides health and human care services. It provides food, clothing, shelter and safety to the poor people. The firm helps to improve care and education for children, strengthening families to become financially stable and success. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.

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2018

WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE IS A LEADING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE PROVIDER AND ADVOCATE. THE MISSION OF WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE, AND NONJUDGMENTAL SERVICES IN A MANNER THAT FOSTERS SELF-RESPECT AND INDEPENDENCE IN PERSONS EXPERIENCING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND TO LEAD THE STRUGGLE TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THROUGH ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION. THE ORGANIZATION FULFILLS THIS MISSION THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2019, WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE SERVED 10,540 PEOPLE THROUGH ONE OR MORE OF ITS SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDE EMERGENCY SAFE HAVEN, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THE COMMUNITY-BASED SAFE AT HOME PROGRAM, LEGAL AID, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE, HOTLINE COUNSELING, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY. THESE SERVICES MAKE A TANGIBLE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY BY EMPOWERING THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS TO HEAL AND EMBRACE FUTURES OF SAFETY AND HOPE.

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Buckeye Partners LP, IFM Investors, IFM Investors Pty Ltd. (Private Equity) purchase Magellan Midstream Partners LP /3 Marine Terminals from Magellan Midstream Partners LP

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Aramark purchases AmeriPride Services, Inc.

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Cargurus, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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