Sarah E. Sanchez
Sarah Sanchez began her career in private practice in 2000 and has practiced employee benefits law exclusively during her career. She has extensive experience in matters relating to multiemployer welfare plans and pension plans under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Pension Protection Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and related laws and regulations. Ms. Sanchez also has experience representing public sector employee benefit plans. She assists clients with all aspects of employee benefits law, including tax qualification, plan design, contract review, funding issues and administrative compliance.
Ms. Sanchez has worked with both pension and welfare fund clients to effectuate plan mergers and spin-offs. She also has assisted clients in negotiating the agreements required in connection with complex alternative investment strategies, including private equity and hedge fund investments. Ms. Sanchez has assisted clients with responding to audits and investigations by the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. She is skilled in negotiating contracts with welfare plan providers as well, including HMOs, PPOs, pharmacy benefit managers, life insurance companies and benefits consultants.
While her practice primarily is transactional, Ms. Sanchez has assisted in briefing and litigating several ERISA cases, including federal appellate cases. Ms. Sanchez also has substantial experience in recovering overpaid benefits for plan clients through the litigation process.
Ms. Sanchez graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She also graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in history. Ms. Sanchez is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2000
University of Maryland, B.A., 1997