Washington University School of Law,
J.D., Order of the Coif, 1980
B.A., Highest Honors, 1977
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
American Bar Association
Business Section, Employee Benefits Subcommittee
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings), 2012-2023
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters), 2005-2013; 2015-2017
Thompson Coburn LLP
Senior Counsel, 2021-Present
Assistant General Counsel, 1998-2002
First Data Corporation
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, 1996-1998
Senior Corporate Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, 1995-1996
Associate Company Counsel, 1994-1995
Associate Corporate Counsel, 1990-1994
Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage
The Honorable Harold Satz, Missouri Court of Appeals
Law Clerk, 1980-1981
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 governmental entities.
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.
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.
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.
Financial Risks Common in Employee Benefit Programs
Hot Topics in Welfare Benefits
New relief for cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts due to COVID-19
Employee benefit changes under the CARES Act: What employers need to know
The COVID-19 Crisis: Questions and answers for employee welfare benefit plans
Are HR employees ‘investment advisors’ under the DOL’s fiduciary rule?
Supreme Court upholds ERISA plan’s statute of limitations
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA: What it means for plan sponsors
Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans
Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you (an ‘engagement letter’).
By clicking the ACCEPT button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and, further, even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you. Please click the ACCEPT button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.