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About

HBL offers employers comprehensive legal guidance on benefits in mergers and acquisitions, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, healthcare reform, and retirement plans. We counsel a wide spectrum of clients including small, mid-sized, and large companies, 401(k) investment advisors, health insurance brokers, accountants, attorneys, and HR consultants, just to name a few. HBL is passionate about advising clients, and we are dedicated to our mission: to provide comprehensive, personalized, and practical ERISA and benefits legal solutions that exceed client expectations.

Meet Our Team

Anne Tyler Hall – Owner and Principal Attorney

Prior to forming HBL, Anne Tyler practiced ERISA and Benefits law with Alston & Bird, LLP and King & Spalding, LLP, two of Atlanta’s largest law firms.

Anne Tyler Hall is named a 2017 and 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star, selected through peer nominations, professional achievement, evaluations, and independent research. Anne Tyler also maintains a Martindale Hubbell rating of Preeminent, representing the highest achievement of professional excellence based upon client and peer review.

When not counseling clients on fiduciary matters, healthcare reform, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plan legal issues, Anne Tyler enjoys running 5K races and cycling with her husband and spending quality time with her daughter.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law
  • Master of Science in International Development from the University of Bath
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, magna cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Led negotiation of a reduction of more than 80 percent of the original 401(k) retirement plan penalty assessment by the Department of Labor for a multinational telecommunication company.
  • Drafted and implemented comprehensive deferred compensation program for global architecture firm based in Atlanta.
  • Negotiated settlement with IRS to address six-figure health plan design legal compliance issue on behalf of national eyewear company.
  • Reviewed purchase agreement in stock transaction and advised parent company of its ERISA obligations with respect to providing long-term disability benefits to a legal employee of a recently-acquired subsidiary for multinational irrigation company.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Georgia, 2008
Alabama, 2006
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Deborah Andrews – Senior Compliance Counsel

Deborah’s practice encompasses a broad range of complex tax matters. She is a Certified Public Accountant certified to practice in North Carolina and regularly advises individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt entities on various issues related to transactional matters, tax planning, executive compensation, employee benefits, and tax reporting. In addition, Deborah represents clients in handling tax controversies with federal and state taxing authorities. She has lectured and written articles on several topics such as deferred compensation, choice of entity, and joint ventures. Prior to practicing law, she worked with an international company and a Big 5 accounting firm.

EDUCATION

  • L.L.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2003
  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., with honors, North Carolina State University, 1989

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Advised financial institutions on the rules related to nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, golden parachute payments, and performance based compensation.
  • Negotiated and drafted tax provisions for acquisition agreements.
  • Designed deferred compensation plans for hospitals.
  • Analyzed treaties and advised on tax withholding requirements.
  • Represented multistate corporation in negotiations with state taxing authority on nexus issue.
  • Advised multistate corporation on formation of a charitable organization and compliance issues.
  • Represented the purchaser in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning tax collections and the foreclosure of real property.
  • Advised university affiliate on governance, compensatory, and tax-exempt issues.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Taxation
  • Association Executives of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law (council member); Tax Law

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • North Carolina, 1997
  • Georgia, 1999
  • All state courts in Georgia
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court

Rhonda Thomas-Collier – Staff Attorney

Prior to finishing second in her class at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Rhonda Thomas-Collier earned a B.A. in Journalism and an M.S. in Leadership from the University of Memphis. In her role as Senior Pension Compliance Manager at the Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia, Rhonda provides leadership and management to the Member Services division. She oversees the collection, reconciliation, and disbursement of contributions for 130,000 members as well as 63,000 retirees and beneficiaries of multiple state pension plans, including Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans with assets under management of $13.5 billion. Rhonda is an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.

David Hall – Firm Manager

David was born and raised in Atlanta, he is an alumnus of Marist School, and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law as Firm Manager, David was the Southeastern District Sales Manager for School Outfitters, a role in which he consulted with school districts throughout the region. He served for five years as an account executive with Quench USA, traveling throughout the United States. David also enjoyed a nine-year career as a teacher at The Schenck School, a private school in Atlanta. He is an avid golfer and reader.

 

Debbie Kerr – Legal Administrative Assistant

Debbie Kerr serves as the administrative assistant for Hall Benefits Law. In this role, she supports the firm’s operational and administrative needs including:

  • PowerPoint presentation creation
  • Document management
  • Copy writing, proofing, and editing
  • Management of newsletters, blogs, and social media
  • Assistance with design and management of marketing materials

Debbie moved to South Africa with her parents when she was a teenager. For 29 years she called Johannesburg home, and she started her professional career there, becoming proficient in typesetting, proofreading, and graphic design for local printing companies.

Sherry Markopoulos – ERISA Paralegal

Sherry joined Hall Benefits Law in 2017 after more than 30 years’ experience in taxes, employee benefits, tax organizations, and accounting. She has worked with attorneys for over twenty years in the area of employee benefits and ERISA, and prior to that she worked for the IRS for ten years. Sherry is adept at gathering information and documentation for attorneys, and she has the experience and ability to prepare EPCRS submissions, to draft determination letters and ruling requests, and to draft plan documents ranging from cafeteria plans and SPDs to wrap plans and participant forms. Her depth of experience is a perfect fit with Hall Benefits Law’s core values, and Sherry is a valued member of our “A” Team.