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Susan Stafford Risinger

Phone: 410-321-9000
Fax: 410-321-6270

Susan Risinger’s practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation law, including all aspects of ERISA. She has experience in designing, drafting and providing advice concerning all types of employee benefit and executive compensation programs, including tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified deferred compensation and retirement plans (such as 403(b) plans), equity and other incentive compensation plans (such as employee stock purchase plans), and all types of welfare benefit programs.

Susan routinely advises employers and employee benefit plan service providers regarding ERISA’s fiduciary rules and other employee benefit compliance matters. She has extensive experience in the area of executive compensation for both taxable and tax-exempt employers. She also frequently advises employers regarding compliance with Code sections 409A, 451, and 457; the IRS’s intermediate sanctions rules; and new Code section 4960 excise taxes applicable to tax-exempt employers.

Susan has served on the Board of the Palmetto SHRM, a local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a frequent speaker on benefits-related topics.

Susan serves as Secretary for the Rotary Club of North Charleston.


  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with Honors)
  • Frostburg State University (B.S., summa cum laude)

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina