wa’ndo Ume-Nwagbo focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of employee benefits law.
She regularly counsels clients regarding their obligations under the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and other laws that govern their employee benefit plans and programs such as qualified retirement plans, employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs), employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and executive compensation plans and programs.
She also works with companies of all sizes in addressing employee benefit and employment law issues that arise during various business transactions including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and credit facility arrangements.
She also works with companies to address employee benefit and employment law issues that arise during various business transactions including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and credit facility arrangements.
Nwa’ndo also advises clients in connection with drafting and negotiating employment, change-in-control and independent contractor agreements aimed at attracting and retaining the most qualified individuals best suited for each client’s needs. She also works with clients in developing innovative strategies to manage reductions-in-force, wage and hour issues, employee hiring, training and firing.
She also routinely counsels clients in developing and implementing strategies that ensure clients’ compliance with various federal and state employment laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
In addition to working with for-profit companies, Nwa’ndo regularly works with a variety of not-for-profit organizations including one of the largest not-for-profit entities in the U.S.
She assists them in getting incorporated under the applicable state law and obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. She also works with not-for-profit organizations in identifying, establishing and administering their retirement plans (such as 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans) to allow their employees to save for their retirement while allowing the plan sponsors to meet their own goal.
Finally, she works with these entities to develop and maintain different executive compensation plans and programs (including 457(f) plans) that are uniquely tailored to such entities to allow them to compete for top talent in an employment market that tends to be dominated by larger employers that are able to offer huge annual base salaries, stock options and other perquisites.
Nwa’ndo earned a J.D. from Duke University and a B.A. in Political Science from East Tennessee State University. She is admitted to practice in Georgia and North Carolina is a member of the state bar associations in both states.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides critical services to blind and low vision residents of Cobb County and all of Northwest Georgia.
In her spare time, Nwa’ndo enjoys traveling, reading historical fiction/non-fiction books and has recently become fanatical about weightlifting and CrossFit. She still avoids Roxann’s lovable dog, Owen.