Jessica S. Morrison

Jessica S. Morrison

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Associate

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    801 Cherry Street, Unit #1
    Burnett Plaza, Suite 1600
    Fort Worth, TX 76102-6881 USA
    817.347.1704
    214.999.9196
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Jessica Morrison focuses her practice on employee benefits, executive compensation, and taxation. She counsels employers and fiduciaries on tax and ERISA issues relating to the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation programs and welfare benefit plans. Her experience includes the preparation and review of retirement and health plan documents, assistance with plan implementation, and obtaining government approvals. Jessica also advises clients on employee benefits and executive compensation issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions.

Experience

  • Represent public and private employers and plan fiduciaries with regard to the design and administration of 401(k) plans and defined benefit pension plans
  • Represent nonprofit organizations with regard to the design and administration of 403(b) plan and defined benefit pension plans
  • Represent employers in correcting qualified retirement plan failures in accordance with the applicable Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor correction programs
  • Represent employers with regard to health and welfare benefit plans and cafeteria plans, including issues arising under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Represent public and private employers in the preparation of and implementation of long-term incentive, stock option, restricted stock, and other equity incentive plans
  • Represent employers with respect to nonqualified deferred compensation plans, including advising on compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and satisfaction of the performance-based compensation exception under Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m)
  • Represent employers with regard to employee benefit, executive compensation, and change of control severance matters involved in mergers and acquisitions

Prior Experience

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Laura Higley, Texas First Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, 2007

Distinctions/Honors

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Employee Benefits); 2017
  • “Top Attorneys” (Tax) by Fort Worth, Texas magazine; 2014, 2016-2017

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association; Tax Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association; Tax and Estate Planning Section; Women Attorneys Section
  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, WEB, Worldwide Employee Benefits Network
  • Member, Fort Worth City Council Community Development Council
  • Member, Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association
  • Board Governance Chair of the Board of Directors, The Parenting Center