Heather B. Abrigo

Counsel

Los Angeles

(310) 203-4054 phone
(310) 229-1285 fax

Heather B. Abrigo is counsel in the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on assisting public and private sector plan sponsors, third party administrators and other pension service providers in all aspects of employee benefit, including qualified retirement plan and health and welfare issues. Heather assists and counsels them in complying with their fiduciary duties under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and other federal laws. She also assists plan sponsors in connection with qualification of state domestic relations orders, Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service audits, complying with fiduciary responsibilities, reporting and disclosure matters, and drafting qualified, non-qualified and welfare benefit plan documents.

In General. Heather received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from California State University of Northridge in 2000. In 2008 and 2010-2013, Heather was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer-Rising Star in the area of employee benefits/ERISA.

Publications

6/19/2014
California HR Newsletter
Key Take-Aways from the "Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers" Presentation
1/6/2014
California HR Newsletter
Special Rules Apply To Documents With Employee Health Information
11/21/2013
Client Alert
Use It or Lose It: New IRS Guidance Permits Carryover for Health FSAs
7/1/2013
The 401(k) Handbook
What Plan Sponsors Need to Know To Prepare for DOL 'Limited Scope Review'
4/3/2013
April 2013 Edition
Plan Sponsor Newsletter
3/25/2013
Client Bulletin
Updated Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System: Impact on Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
10/1/2012
WiPN Newsletter
Why I Do What I Do
9/14/2012
Benefits Pro
DOL Investigations: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
9/4/2012
SHRM Online
Medical Loss Ratio Rebates: Who Gets the Cash?
9/21/2011
Employee Benefit & Executive Compensation Alert
Electronic Participant Disclosures: New DOL Guidance
4/7/2011
Health Plans: What’s Next? Drinker Biddle's Health Care Reform Update
New IRS Guidance on W-2 Reporting of Health Plan Coverage
2/1/2011
Healthcare Reform Update
Healthcare Reform Update: Recent Litigation and Legislation
2/1/2011
Healthcare Reform Update
Non-Discrimination Requirements Halted by the IRS
4/1/2010
The Report to Plan Sponsor
Are Your Policies and Procedures Just A Myth?
8/1/2009
ERISA Audit Report
The §6707A Penalty Nightmare: Is Relief on the Horizon?
7/1/2008
The Report to Plan Sponsor
File the Form 5500 or Else the DOL will Remind You
2/1/2008
The Report to Plan Sponsor
When a Distribution Upon Termination Must be Halted
12/1/2007
The Adviser Report
Are Stable Value Investments Stable Value Under the QDIA Regulation?
6/1/2007
The Report to Plan Sponsor
Domestic Partner Benefits

Speaking Engagements

4/29/2014
Drinker Biddle Audiocast
Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers
12/18/2013
Drinker Biddle Webinar
Surviving DOL Investigations of Plans: Part II
10/9/2013
Drinker Biddle Webinar
2013 Regulatory and Economic Outlook
10/1/2013
DOL Investigations of Plan Sponsors Webinar
In Harm’s Way: DOL Investigations of Plans
9/18/2013
CFO Alliance Roundtable
The Impact of Changing Regulations – Health Care Reform and More
9/9/2013
Drinker Biddle Webinar
Impact of DOMA and Proposition 8 on California Employers
7/8/2013
Drinker Biddle Webinar
Healthcare Reform: What you should be doing and what you need to do to get ready for 2014!
5/15/2013
Drinker Biddle Webinar
Lessons From Defendants: How Plan Committees Can Avoid Being Sued For Fiduciary Breach Under ERISA
4/16/2013
San Diego Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council
Affordable Care Act and Elder Care
9/25/2012
Drinker Biddle Event
Change Happens: Plan Sponsor Update
11/14/2011
2011 Plan Sponsor Bootcamp Webinar
9/20/2011
TBG Danco Inc.
Healthcare Reform Webinar Part 1: Current Impact on Plan Sponsors
7/14/2011
Employee Benefits Webinar
What’s Next for Health Plans: Open Enrollment for 2012 and Beyond
6/19/2014
California HR Newsletter
Key Take-Aways from the "Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers" Presentation
1/6/2014
California HR Newsletter
Special Rules Apply To Documents With Employee Health Information
11/21/2013
Client Alert
Use It or Lose It: New IRS Guidance Permits Carryover for Health FSAs
7/1/2013
The 401(k) Handbook
What Plan Sponsors Need to Know To Prepare for DOL 'Limited Scope Review'
4/3/2013
April 2013 Edition
Plan Sponsor Newsletter
3/25/2013
Client Bulletin
Updated Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System: Impact on Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
10/1/2012
WiPN Newsletter
Why I Do What I Do
9/14/2012
Benefits Pro
DOL Investigations: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
9/4/2012
SHRM Online
Medical Loss Ratio Rebates: Who Gets the Cash?
9/21/2011
Employee Benefit & Executive Compensation Alert
Electronic Participant Disclosures: New DOL Guidance
4/7/2011
Health Plans: What’s Next? Drinker Biddle's Health Care Reform Update
New IRS Guidance on W-2 Reporting of Health Plan Coverage
2/1/2011
Healthcare Reform Update
Healthcare Reform Update: Recent Litigation and Legislation
2/1/2011
Healthcare Reform Update
Non-Discrimination Requirements Halted by the IRS
4/1/2010
The Report to Plan Sponsor
Are Your Policies and Procedures Just A Myth?
8/1/2009
ERISA Audit Report
The §6707A Penalty Nightmare: Is Relief on the Horizon?
7/1/2008
The Report to Plan Sponsor
File the Form 5500 or Else the DOL will Remind You
2/1/2008
The Report to Plan Sponsor
When a Distribution Upon Termination Must be Halted
12/1/2007
The Adviser Report
Are Stable Value Investments Stable Value Under the QDIA Regulation?
6/1/2007
The Report to Plan Sponsor
Domestic Partner Benefits