- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D.
- Bowling Green State University, B.A., with honors
Bar & Court Admissions
- Indiana (inactive)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Jacquie Abbott is of counsel in the Vorys’ Houston office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits and related federal compensation tax matters. Jacquie is a frequent speaker on recent developments and is currently co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation Welfare Benefits Subcommittee. Jacquie has extensive experience in employee benefit vendor contracting. She also provides legal advice to human resource and corporate financial services leaders on employee benefits and employment tax laws including MHPAEA, CAA, ERISA, ADEA, ADA, GINA, FMLA, COBRA, ACA, HIPAA, and other applicable federal laws.
More recently, as supervising tax counsel at Exxon Mobil Corporation, she was responsible for legal compliance of medical, dental, life insurance and disability plans. In addition, she advised on payroll tax matters. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, she was in-house counsel at Lincoln Financial Group for more than two decades with similar responsibilities.
Career highlights include:
- Providing legal counsel related to the drafting and negotiating benefit plan vendor contracts (fully insured and administrative services only)
- Advising numerous stakeholders on compliance issues related to the Affordable Care Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Advising on the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on employer provided fringe benefits
- Served as chair of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) health policy committee
Jacquie is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, where she serves as the co-chair of the section’s Subcommittee on Welfare Plan and EEOC, FMLA and Leave Issues.
Jacquie has presented and has been published on a number of employee benefits related topics including: what should the ERISA qualifications of an annuity purchased by an employer in the face of the Executive Life insolvency; ERISA: Ten Years After, “Plan Asset Reversions;” and developments in the life insurance industry.
Jacquie received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. She received her B.A. with honors from Bowling Green State University.
Professional and Community Activities
- ERISA Industry Committee, Chair, Health Policy Committee, 2008-2012; Member, Retirement Committee and Health Policy Committee
- American Bar Association — Section of Taxation Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Welfare Plan and EEOC, FMLA and Leave Issues, 2020-present; Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, 2012-2019
- American Council of Life Insurance, Member, Risk Classification Committee, 1988-1990; Member, Task Force on Fiduciary Matters, 1980-1996; Member, Joint Committee with Health Insurance Association of America on Task Force on the Application of ERISA to Welfare Benefit Plans, 1994-1996; Member of Task Force working on DOL general account regulations, 1980-1999
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1991-1993; Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 1996-1997; House of Delegates Representative for the Fourth District, Member, 1993-1999; Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
- School District's Music Booster Organization, Treasurer
- Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Women's Committee, Board of Directors, Counsel
- Limberlost Girl Scout Council, Leader
- YWCA Woman of Achievement, Member
- Junior Achievement, Project Business Consultant
Honors & Awards
- Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Houston Volunteer lawyers Program, 2010
- 6/11/2021Vorys Advises Worthington Industries, Inc. in Acquisition from Affiliates of MiddleGround Capital, LLCVorys recently advised Worthington Industries, Inc. in connection with the acquisition by its Steel Processing business segment, along with its 55% consolidated joint venture TWB Company, LLC, of certain assets of the Shiloh Industries U.S. BlankLight® business, a provider of laser welded solutions.
- 1/29/2021Vorys Advises Worthington Industries, Inc. with Acquisition of Business Segment from General Tools & Instruments Company LLCVorys recently advised Worthington Industries, Inc. in connection with the acquisition by its Pressure Cylinders segment of General Tools & Instruments Company LLC (General Tools), a provider of feature-rich, specialized tools in various categories including environmental health & safety, precision measurement & layout, home repair & remodel, lawn & garden and specific purpose tools.
- 9/10/2019Vorys announced today that experienced employee benefits attorney, Jacquelyn Meng Abbott, has joined the firm’s Houston office as of counsel.
- 11/12/2021Vorys Of Counsel Jacquie Abbott participated in a panel for the American Bar Association on COVID-19 vaccination mandates and the impact they will have on employers and employees.
- 10/8/2021Throughout the Vorys Virtual Benefits Conference, Vorys attorneys provided updates and valuable insights regarding a variety of benefits-related topics.
- 6/2/2021Vorys attorneys Jacquie Abbott, Linda Mendel and Jen Dunsizer hosted the second webinar on the 100% COBRA subsidy provided by the American Rescue Plan.
- 10/12/2020Vorys was proud to host a weeklong virtual program providing insights and updates for HR professionals from October 12-15, 2020.
- 7/29/2020Vorys attorneys Peggy Baron and Jacquie Abbott presented a complimentary webinar on the issues related to identifying employees on July 29, 2020.
- 12/17/2019Vorys Attorney Jacquie Abbott was be a panelist in an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar on December 17, 2019.
- 11/11/2021New Illinois State Law Imposes Group Health Coverage Disclosure Requirements on Certain Employers with Illinois EmployeesOn August 27, 2021, the “Illinois Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act” (SB 1905) (“CCDA”), was signed into law. The CCDA went into effect immediately, and applies to all employers who offer insurance under an employer sponsored health plan to employees who work in Illinois.
- 10/27/2021The No Surprises Act (NSA), part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides protections against certain types of surprise medical bills.
- 9/13/2021Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), certain individuals known as assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) were eligible for a COBRA premium subsidy between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.
- 8/27/2021On August 20, 2021, the DOL published FAQs Part 49 announcing the extension of the compliance dates for a few – but far from all – of the new group health plan mandates under the Tri-Department transparency regulations and the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA).
- 6/21/2021In the 7-2 decision in California v. Texas handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 17th, the third constitutional challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that reached the Supreme Court was dismissed without reaching the merits of the constitutional arguments.
- 5/26/2021On May 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-31, answering 86 questions on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
- 4/12/2021The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) provides a 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs) starting April 1, 2021.
- 3/16/2021The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, includes a six-month 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums.
- 3/1/2021The IRS and DOL (the Agencies) published new guidance on the extension of certain employee benefit deadlines.
- 2/5/2021As briefly mentioned in a recent Vorys’ client alert, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), signed December 27, 2020, requires that a group health plan and issuers that cover mental health/substance abuse disorder (MH/SUD) “perform and document” a comparative analysis of any non-quantitative treatment limitations that apply to the plan.
- 1/26/2021The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed December 27, 2020, will bring significant changes to group health plans in 2022.
- 1/18/2021The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed December 27, 2020, will bring significant changes to group health plans in 2022.
- 10/6/2020On October 2, 2020, the IRS published Notice 2020-76 , announcing an automatic 30-day extension of the deadline to distribute 2020 Form 1095-Cs to employees.
- 9/8/2020The clock has starting ticking for defined contribution plans to begin to provide a “lifetime income disclosure” on at least one benefit statement a year.
- 8/28/2020The DOL expanded the option for electronic delivery of retirement plan notices and documents.
- 8/13/2020The IRS released proposed regulations on June 11, 2020 regarding the excise taxes imposed under Code Section 4960.
- 8/3/2020Section 1557 of the ACA prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability by health programs and activities funded or administered by HHS. On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 2020 Rule (2020 Rule) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
- 5/22/2020On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33. Notice 2020-29 provides employers with more flexibility for mid-year changes under cafeteria plan as well as permits the extension of grace periods and carryovers of unused 2019 FSA amounts through the end of 2020.
- 5/8/2020The Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a Joint Notice extending the time frames for a wide range of group health plan participant related events.
- 12/31/2019Benefits Alert: The Impact on Health & Welfare Plans in the New Year based on the Fifth Circuit’s ACA Ruling and the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020On December 18, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in Texas v. U.S. that the provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to maintain health insurance or pay a “shared responsibility payment” (i.e., the individual mandate) is unconstitutional.
- 12/11/2019The Vorys Employee Benefits Team has drafted alerts covering an array of regulatory and legislative changes throughout the year.
- 12/4/2019On December 2, 2019, the IRS published Notice 2019-63, announcing a 31-day extension of the deadline to distribute 2019 Form 1095-Cs to employees.
- 10/24/2019Now that PBMs are able to track copay coupons using copay accumulator programs, additional guidance is needed from the IRS to determine whether plan sponsors are required to implement copay accumulator programs for HSA-compatible HDHPs.