As chair of Venable's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, Juliana Reno advises companies facing complex benefits issues. Clients appreciate her ability to explain complicated, contorted regulations in clear, non-technical language. She helps her clients balance their business and legal risks with their resources and overall vision, empowering them to make the best decisions to reach their goals.
Juliana's practice covers all facets of employee health and welfare benefit plans, and all phases of a plan's life cycle — creation, operation, amendment, correction, and termination. She regularly handles matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She is particularly experienced in addressing issues in health benefits — not only major medical plans, but also health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Juliana has helped numerous clients through Department of Labor (DOL) audits and has responded to many Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notices seeking ACA employer penalties.
Juliana's client base spans employers, multiemployer plans, and service providers. She counsels corporate teams, hospitals, restaurants, technology companies, staffing agencies, nonprofits and associations, professional employer organizations (PEOs), home health agencies, and more. She also advises businesses that provide services to employers and plans — insurers, third-party administrators, and wellness companies.
Juliana makes sure her clients capitalize on opportunities tied to ever-changing employee benefits laws. Her work includes not only medical, dental, and vision plans, but also cafeteria plans, life and disability plans, and qualified retirement plans. A recovering litigator, Juliana also advises clients regarding disputes involving benefits claims, retiree medical cutbacks, breaches of fiduciary duty, and claims for equitable relief.