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Dipa N. Sudra


Dipa Sudra helps her clients solve their most complex benefits issues. She provides sophisticated advice and counsel on ERISA, the tax code, ACA, COBRA, HIPAA, and GINA. She has in-depth knowledge and insight on a wide variety of plans: defined contribution (401(k), 403(b), money-purchase and profit-sharing), defined benefit, health and welfare (wrap, HRA, retiree, MEWA), fringe benefit, non-qualified deferred compensation, and cafeteria. Dipa also represents employers in M&A-related benefits issues. She is regularly called upon to lead training sessions for clients on matters such as fiduciary issues relating to ERISA plans.

Representative Experience

Defined benefit plans

Researches issues and provides advice regarding defined benefit plans, such as minimum funding requirements and changes to mortality and interest rate factors; prepares documentation relating to defined benefit plans, such as forms and summary plan descriptions; prepares determination letter applications; and advises on ongoing administration matters, such as claims under defined benefits plans. (Ongoing)

Health and welfare plans

Dipa advises on all aspects of health and welfare plans, including multiple employer welfare arrangements. For example, she assists employers with designing compliant wellness programs, on-site medical clinics, and telemedicine services. Dipa has counseled clients on ACA compliance and reporting, especially structuring benefits to avoid ACA penalties and administering the look-back method. Dipa also assists employers with operational issues related to health and dependent care FSAs, and nondiscrimination testing.

Non-qualified deferred compensation plans

Dipa has designed and drafted tailored non-qualified deferred compensation plans for her clients.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Western Pension and Benefits Council
  • King County Bar Association
  • Non-practicing UK Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars" in Employee Benefits/ERISA, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2011
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