Melody A. Simpson
Special Counsel, Bowles Rice
Melody Simpson focuses her law practice in the areas of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA, with particular emphasis on qualified retirement plans and executive compensation, including 409A non-qualified deferred compensation issues.
Melody represents both private and governmental employers and plan administrators, advising them on compliance issues related to their qualified retirement plans. She regularly assists clients with plan document review and analysis to ensure operational compliance, and prepares plan amendments to reflect updates in the law or client’s desired changes. Melody has helped clients on numerous occasions with determination letter applications and voluntary correction filings with the Internal Revenue Service. She has counseled clients when their qualified plans have been selected for audit by the Internal Revenue Service, interfacing with the IRS Agent to negotiate and achieve audit closure. She was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyers of the Year for the southern West Virginia region. Best Lawyers has also recognized her work in non-profit/charities law, often on behalf of community foundations.
A native of Vermont, Melody received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. She passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and subsequently worked two years for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston, Massachusetts, before entering Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1983.
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Executive Compensation and Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Agreements Qualified Retirement Plans
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (1983)
B.S., summa cum laude, University of Vermont (1978)
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia