Virginia E. McGarrity

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Virginia McGarrity is an attorney in the firm's Employee Benefits and Compensation Group whose practice addresses a broad array of issues relating to the design, drafting, and operation of qualified and nonqualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including 401(k), profit-sharing, employee stock ownership and Section 403(b), and Section 457(b) plans of tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities. Ms. McGarrity's practice also includes counseling clients on employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence analyses and dealing with post-closing matters related to the integration of benefit plans.

    Ms. McGarrity counsels clients on a wide range of health and welfare benefits matters, including issues related to health care reform, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, voluntary employee beneficiary associations, and other employee benefits arrangements. She also assists clients with compliance matters involving federal laws such as COBRA and HIPAA, as well as various state laws and regulations governing health and welfare plan design and administration, domestic partner coverage, continuation of coverage, and mandated benefits.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Provide HIPAA privacy and security training to employee benefits and human resources professionals for various tax-exempt and private employer-sponsors of self-funded and fully-insured group health plans.
      • Performed HIPAA analysis for plan sponsor's group health plans, including drafting of policies and procedures and negotiation of business associate agreements.
      • Advised plan sponsor regarding consolidation of sponsor's multiple welfare benefit plans and cafeteria plan into a single "wrap plan" and drafted document for new plan.
      • Represented Reflexite Corporation, an ESOP company and a leading global manufacturer of high-visibility, reflective products, as well as lighting optics, display optics, and instrumentation optics, in its merger with a wholly owned subsidiary of Orafol International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany-based Orafol Europe GmbH.
      • Represented Camuto Consulting Inc., owner of lifestyle brand Vince Camuto, in connection with the merger of a newly formed merger subsidiary and a corporation, owned by certain Chaus family members, with and into Bernard Chaus, Inc. designer and marketer of women's wear.
      • Represented EDAC Technologies Corporation, a diversified designer, manufacturer, and servicer of precision components for aerospace and industrial applications, in its acquisition of EBTEC Corporation.
      • Represented Alta Equity Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Truist, Inc., a leading software and service provider of corporate philanthropic solutions.
      • Represented Balance Point Capital Partners, L.P. and First New England Capital III, L.P. in connection with a stock purchase in, and mezzanine debt facility to, ePrize, LLC, a digital promotions agency.
      • Representation of a construction materials company concerning the sale of its asphalt paving and construction contracting business in Michigan and Indiana.
      • Representation of Connecticut municipalities concerning creation and administration of other postemployment benefits trusts.
      • Representation of Connecticut municipalities for consultation with public plan administrators on administration and plan interpretation issues, including 414(h) "pickup" provisions and constructive receipt issues in connection with length of service awards.
      • Representation of Connecticut municipalities concerning the prefunding of retiree medical benefits through the creation of a 401(h) account and the use of excess pension assets as allowed under Section 420 of the Internal Revenue Code.
      • Representation of a Rhode Island municipality concerning the provision of disability benefits for individuals who were not otherwise eligible to participate in the municipality's pension plan.
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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Section of Labor and Employment Law
      Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee

      Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, Hartford Chapter

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
      Board Member and Former President (2008 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Recognized in the special section "Lawyers of Color: High Achievers," Connecticut Law Tribune, 2011

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employee Benefits/ERISA since 2010 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      2012 Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Recognition Award

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Service Award Recipient, 2011

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
      Board of Trustees (2012 - present)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Appeals Court," published in ABA Health eSource, Volume 8, Number 12 (8/2012)

      "ERISA Health Plans: Changes and Challenges in the Fiduciary Arena," published in Payors Plans & Managed Care, co-authored with Jean E. Tomasco (11/2011)

      "The Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard in a State of Necessity: Violations of the United States – Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty in Sempra Energy International v. Argentine Republic," published in Yearbook of Arbitration and Mediation, vol. 1 (Summer 2009)

      "401(k) Plans in Challenging Economic Times: Reducing or Eliminating Employer Contributions Midyear," published in The Journal of Retirement Planning, co-authored with Bruce B. Barth, and Cynthia R. Christie (May/June 2009)

      The Connecticut Corporate Practice Series chapter of Doing Business in States Other Than the State of Incorporation, a publication of the Bureau of National Affairs, April 2009, coauthored with Eric J. Dale

      "Recent Development: American General Life and Accident Insurance Company v. Wood," published in The Journal of American Arbitration, vol. 6, no. 2 (Spring 2007)

      "Avoiding Evident Partiality in Borst v. Allstate Insurance Company," published in The Journal of American Arbitration, vol. 6, no. 1 (Fall 2006)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Benefits: What to Prepare for in 2015," at event sponsored by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, co-presented with Michelle Zettergren, senior vice president, chief sales, and marketing officer at ConnectiCare, Inc. (3/20/2014)

      "Most Important Issues Business Managers Need to Plan for Under Health Care Reform," at Business Manager's Meeting for the Connecticut Association for Independent Schools (10/10/2012)

      "Mentoring, Historical Lessons Still Applicable Today," at Our History, Our Future: Celebrating Attorneys of Color in Connecticut, Moderator (4/13/2012)

      "To Love, Honor, and Share Tax Deductions…?" presented at Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants' (CSCPA) Tax360º Conference in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, co-presented with Felicia S. Hoeniger, and Kelley Galica Peck (11/9/2011)

      "Health Care Reform: Preparing Employers and Health Plans for 2011 and Beyond," co-presented with Bruce B. Barth and Melanie J. Hancock webinar (10/12/2010)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 2, 2014

        Virginia McGarrity Speaks at CBIA Conference

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      • June 24, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Answer Health Care Reform Questions

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      • June 18, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Support The Stowe Center

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      • May 28, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford Annual Dinner

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      • May 9, 2013

        Virginia McGarrity Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • December 13, 2012

        Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Honors Virginia McGarrity

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      • November 2, 2012

        Virginia E. McGarrity Delivers Presentation to Connecticut Association for Independent Schools

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      • September 6, 2012

        Virginia McGarrity Writes Article on Defense of Marriage Act in American Bar Association Newsletter

      • June 1, 2012

        Virginia McGarrity Quoted in an Article About the Connecticut Bar Association’s Diversity Efforts

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      • May 10, 2012

        Virginia McGarrity Begins Serving as Past President of Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

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      • May 1, 2012

        Virginia McGarrity Moderates Panel Discussion at Attorneys of Color Symposium

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      • March 1, 2012

        Virginia McGarrity Weighs In on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Latest Diversity Initiative

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      • December 5, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Participate in the Connecticut Society of CPAs’ Annual Tax Conference

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      • November 11, 2011

        Employment and Benefits Attorneys Publish ERISA Health Plan Fiduciaries Article

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      • September 30, 2011

        Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Four Robinson & Cole Attorneys

      • September 12, 2011

        Virginia McGarrity Accepts Award on Behalf of Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

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      • May 31, 2011

        CHBA President Virginia McGarrity Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune Article

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      • April 18, 2011

        Virginia McGarrity Named President of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

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      • May 3, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected Secretary of Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

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      • May 12, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Coauthor Chapter in Bureau of National Affairs Publication

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      • April 30, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected to Board of Directors of Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

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      R+C News Releases

      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • February 26, 2013

        Virginia McGarrity Elected to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Board of Trustees

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • November 18, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Announces Pro Bono Award Recipients

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