BakerHostetler adds tax partner in Columbus

Stacy E. Wilhite rejoins the firm from a national healthcare system; brings extensive employee benefits and executive compensation experience

Press Releases / October 17, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oct. 17, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Most recently working as Associate Counsel with a national nonprofit healthcare system, Wilhite rejoins BakerHostetler with extensive experience in employee benefits issues.
  • Wilhite was previously with BakerHostetler’s Tax Practice Group from 2005 to 2016. She is the second employee benefits/executive compensation lawyer to join BakerHostetler in recent months. The firm announced the arrival of Stefan Smith in June.
Why this matters

Wilhite’s addition marks BakerHostetler’s ongoing commitment to strategic growth, particularly in the firm’s Employee Benefits group. With nearly two decades of experience both in private practice at BakerHostetler and in-house at a major healthcare system, Wilhite brings significant proficiencies in all areas of employee benefits law.

Key quote

“Stacy Wilhite brings nearly two decades of experience to our Employee Benefits team, and we are delighted to welcome her back to BakerHostetler,” said Jeffrey Paravano, chair of BakerHostetler’s nationwide Tax Practice Group. “Stacy’s previous role as a BakerHostetler partner combined with her in-house experience with a large healthcare system well positions her to provide innovative advice to help our clients thrive.”

About Stacy Wilhite’s practice

Wilhite is a skilled tax attorney who focuses on all facets of employee benefits. She advises clients on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, cafeteria benefits plans, and health and welfare plans. She also counsels clients on compliance with COBRA, HIPAA and ERISA rules as well as retirement plan qualification and fiduciary duties.

In private practice, Wilhite has also assisted clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor and has utilized the IRS’ Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System and the DOL’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program.

Wilhite received her B.S., cum laude, from Miami University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Key quote

“We are excited to have Stacy Wilhite back at BakerHostetler. She is a trusted counselor and highly regarded by her peers,” said Mark Hatcher, Columbus office managing partner. “Stacy is a tremendous addition to our Columbus office, and I’m certain she will contribute to our continued success.”

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