Jennifer Kobayashi is a partner at Wang Kobayashi Austin, LLC and practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation.
Jennifer has experience in a broad range of benefits and compensation matters, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, and welfare benefit plans. Jennifer frequently advises employers on correcting qualified plan errors, and has prepared numerous submissions under the IRS plan correction program. She also advises employers on plan mergers and plan terminations, including the preparation of related plan amendments, resolutions, IRS filings, and employee communications.
Jennifer handles the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of a variety of corporate transactions, and advises on issues such as the assumption and integration of employee benefit plans and multiemployer and defined benefit pension plan obligations.
Jennifer has extensive experience with welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plans, wrap plan documents, and severance plans, and regularly advises on compliance with ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA requirements, including HIPAA privacy and security. She regularly counsels clients on the benefit claims and appeals process for both welfare and retirement benefits.
Prior to forming Wang Kobayashi Austin, Jennifer was an attorney in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department of Winston & Strawn LLP.
Jennifer has received an AV Preeminent Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 from Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Listing from 2014 to 2017, was named to the Super Lawyers list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois in 2016 and was named to the Super Lawyers list of Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois in 2017.
J.D., University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt), 2001
Senior Articles Editor, Asian Law Journal
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
Sociology, with distinction