Vanessa A.
Scott
Partner

202.383.0215

Benefits arrangements generally reflect a company's business philosophy, budget constraints and market influences. With this in mind, Vanessa Scott helps employers design competitive benefits packages that comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code and the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Drawing on more than 15 years of experience in employee benefits, Vanessa works with some of the nation’s leading companies, including global insurers, airlines and financial services organizations. She provides counsel on a broad range of issues, from comprehensive, company-wide benefit plans to the individual compensation arrangements that attract and retain key personnel. She also has significant experience advising large employers and insurance companies on ACA compliance issues.

Vanessa previously served as Legislative and Tax Counsel for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where she specialized in financial services policy and legislation. Prior to joining Sutherland, she was Legislative Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) in Washington, D.C., where she represented the benefits and compensation interests of Fortune 100 employers before Congress, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises a private college on key aspects of a nonqualified retirement plan.
Sutherland advised a private college on key aspects of a combination section 457(b) and section 457(f) nonqualified retirement plan.
Sutherland counsels Fortune 500 companies on health reform compliance.
Sutherland provides routine counseling to several Fortune 500 companies on employer compliance with the PPACA.
Sutherland advises several insurance clients on various compliance issues in the Affordable Care Act.
Sutherland advises insurance clients on compliance with the Affordable Care Act, including counsel on reporting and disclosure requirements and the application of medial loss ratio provisions to group health plan products.

Awards and Rankings

Nolan Fellow, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association (ABA)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2013)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax: employee benefits and executive compensation

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, ERISA and Employee Benefits, Howard University Law School
Former Chair, Tax Section, National Bar Association
Former Chair, Diversity Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Nominating Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Editorial Board, The Practical Tax Lawyer
Former Member, Board of Directors, Upper Montgomery County Assistance Network

Education
  • LL.M., with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • A.B., Duke University
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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