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Carl advises employers in a wide variety of employee benefits and executive compensation issues, including issues arising in the merger and acquisition context. His practice includes designing and drafting nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive incentive compensation programs, and employment and severance agreements, drafting retirement plan and health and welfare plan documents, reviewing service provider contracts, and helping employers implement employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Carl’s practice focuses on compliance with a variety of laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, Code Section 409A, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and related laws.

While Carl practices in all areas of the employee benefits field, he is one of the firm’s main Affordable Care Act and Code Section 409A specialists. He specifically enjoys working closely with employers on designing broad-based employee benefits and compensation programs, for both executives and rank and file employees. These programs can include anything from a standard 401(k) plan to a more complicated ESOP, various health insurance plan designs, and other health and welfare benefits (dental, vision, disability, etc.) and may also include employee stock options, employment agreements, change in control agreements, phantom stock programs, and other types of compensation arrangements. He works closely with employers in the manufacturing, health care services, and private equity industries, but has experience in working in all types of industries.

Other Info About Carl


Law School

University of Florida, J.D., 2007

Graduate School

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. Taxation, Employee Benefits Certificate, with distinction, 2008
Dean’s List

Undergraduate School

University of Florida, B.S. Finance, 2004

Bar Memberships

Carl is licensed to practice in the following state(s):




Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016 – 2020

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association, Tax Section, Chair

Greater Louisville Inc. Business Services Committee for JCPS Talent Development Academies

Louisville Employee Benefits Council, Program Committee, 2011-2012, 2015-2016

Louisville Deferred Compensation Practitioners

American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

I Would Rather Be Reading, Board Member

Focus Louisville, Class of 2015 (Leadership Louisville Center)

Family and Children’s Place, Golf Tournament Planning Committee, 2012

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program


Carl was invited to speak at the following events:

The Plan Sponsor University – Key Note Speaker on ERISA Fiduciary Duties

“New ERISA Disability Claims Procedures Are in Effect, Are You In Compliance?”, Clear Law Institute, July 18, 2018, Presenter

“DOMA, Employee Benefits and Employment Implications,” MC Academy, August 27, 2013

“HIPAA Privacy and Security – The New Final Regulations,” MC Academy, June 18, 2013

“The Health Care Reform Act,” MC Academy, April 16, 2013

“Health Care Reform and Benefit Claims, Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Under PPACA,” Louisville Employee Benefits Council, February 22, 2011, Cincinnati Employee Benefits Conference, June 10, 2011

Major Publications

Carl is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“Limited Liability Companies in Kentucky,” Fourth Edition

“Business Succession Planning,” Second Edition

The HR Benefits Authority Newsletter, regular author

“Quick Reference to ERISA Compliance,” 2012 Edition, Aspen Publishers

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