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Patricia A. Winchell

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In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reforms, Trish serves as an employee benefits advisor to public and privately-owned businesses and all types of city and governmental entities.

Plan administrators for governmental pension programs turn to Trish for guidance on the complex laws affecting their benefit plans. In her work for clients ranging from small municipalities across the country to the City of New York, she has successfully redesigned defined benefit and other pension plans in response to budget crises. In 2015, Trish's work on the highly-publicized St. Louis firefighter pension reform — including the drafting of city ordinances supporting the reform — was affirmed by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Trish has extensive experience with qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and executive compensation, including equity-based plans. She frequently counsels clients facing benefit claims, guiding them through the complex administrative process and developing the ERISA-required responses that protect employers from adverse litigation results down the road.

In recent years, Trish has developed special experience with the Affordable Care Act. She helps companies create strategies for complying with the law, weigh the cost-benefit of potential penalties, navigate federal reporting requirements, and determine the best way to offer coverage for employees.

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
Employee Benefits Association of St. Louis
The Miriam Foundation
Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Compensation Guidelines Task Force
Thomas Jefferson School
Board of Trustees
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (2012-2016)
Listed in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers" (2005-2014, 2016)
Top 50 Women in Missouri & Kansas (2005-2006, 2009-2011)
“Getting Fit for the Climb: Wellness Programs and HIPAA, the ADA, and the EEOC” Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2015)
“Pinch Hitters: Contract Workers: Beware of the Labor and Employee Benefit Pitfalls” Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2014)
"Detroit Bankruptcy: Are its Impacts More Than Local?" Thompson Coburn Seminar (November 2013)
"The DOMA Decision: What Plan Sponsors Need to Know" Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (July 2013)
"Pay or Play Penalties and Other Costs of Health Reform" Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 5, 2013)
"Pensions in Transition" American Public Transit Association, Austin, TX (February 2013)
"Fee Disclosure - What Plan Fiduciaries Should be Receiving and What They Should do With It" Thompson Coburn Seminar (February 2012)
"What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Compliance Issues with SPDs, Forms, Spousal Consents and Other Plan Documentation" Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2010)
"Traps for Plan Fiduciaries" Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (April 2009)
"ERISA Litigation Update" Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (September 2006)
"Securities Law Aspects of Employee Benefit Plans" Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (July 2004)
Patricia A. Winchell
Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
J.D., Order of the Coif (1980)
Valparaiso University
B.A., Highest Honors (1977)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Partner (2002-Present)
Solutia, Inc.
Assistant General Counsel (1998-2002)
First Data Corporation
Senior Vice President of Human Resources (1996-1998)
Senior Corporate Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary (1995-1996)
Monsanto Company
Associate Company Counsel (1994-1995)
Associate Corporate Counsel (1990-1994)
Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage
Partner (1988-1990)
Associate (1981-1988)
The Honorable Harold Satz, Missouri Court of Appeals
Law Clerk (1980-1981)
Missouri (1980)