Helana Darrow has extensive experience in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation including counseling clients on the design, implementation, administration, operation and termination of employee benefit plans. Helana's practice includes advising clients on qualified retirement plans including, defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, and 403(b) plans. She also advises on health and welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, executive compensation plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans (including compliance with Section 409A), and equity compensation plans. Helana has significant experience with advising clients on employee benefit issues related to corporate transactions, drafting and negotiating executive compensation agreements and advising clients on ERISA litigation. Her practice also includes advising on the legal compliance of employee benefit plans under the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, Affordable Care Act ("ACA") and PHSA. She also advises clients on HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and portability issues and ERISA fiduciary compliance matters. Helana represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Prior to joining KMK, Helana was a partner at Frost Brown Todd where she had extensive experience advising clients on employee benefit matters.  

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber WE Lead, 2019

YWCA Rising Star Board Leadership Program, 2010

YWCA Rising Star, 2009

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J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1998

B.A., Morehead State University, 1994, magna cum laude

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