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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 serves 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-Breakfast.


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

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina

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Effective Immediately, “preventive care” for HDHPs and HSAs includes expanded care for “chronic conditions” Since 2003, individuals covered solely by a high deductible… Read More

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Fiduciary Training
Date: August 27, 2019
Barry Downey will be a panelist at the Fiduciary Training session for fiduciaries of governmental employer plans (non-ERISA governed) and tax exempt e… Read More
Adam Meehan will be featured as a speaker at a Worldwide Employee Benefits Network event hosted at the Loyola Graduate Center, Timonium Campus on Sept… Read More
Adam Meehan will be featured as a speaker at the SHRM 2019 Annual Legal and Legislative Conference hosted by Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown,… Read More

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