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Sarah Downie


Sarah Downie advises plan sponsors, employers, management and executives on all aspects of compensation and benefits. She has broad experience with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA and federal health care reform legislation. Ms. Downie has dealt extensively with the Employee Benefits Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor and she has particular strengths with respect to issues of retirement plan fiduciary governance.

Professional Activities

  • Member, New York City Bar Association’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Steering Committee of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, New York Chapter

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D. 1995​

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Highlighted Matters

  • Representation of Banc of America Securities LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in a $1.4 billion sale of notes by Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
  • Representation of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp in its $245 million initial public offering
  • Representation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in $470 million pilot securitization of failed-bank mortgages

Publications and Lectures

  • Speaker, “ERISA Retirement and Pension Plans:  Service Provider Agreements,”  Webinar, Strafford Publications, June 26, 2013
  • Speaker, “ERISA Basics,” ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics, Practising Law Institute, February 2013
  • Author, “Negotiating ERISA Service Provider Agreements,” PLC Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Supplement to Practical Law, The Journal, April 2012

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