Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1777
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J.D., The George Washington University Law School (2006)

  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Student Representative, Vaccine Injury Clinic

B.S., cum laude, Biological Science, Marshall University (2002)

  • Minors in History, Chemistry and Spanish
  • Supreme Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Lenna R. Chambers

Partner

Lenna Chambers is co-leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA practice group and also represents businesses and individuals in commercial litigation.

In her employee benefits practice, Lenna represents employers (small and large) with regards to their health and welfare plans, including design and operation of fully insured and self-insured health plans. She has extensive experience ensuring employers’ plans comply with ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and other state and federal laws and regulations. She regularly prepares ERISA and cafeteria plan documents and works with clients on HIPAA policies and procedures. Lenna also counsels administrator qualified retirement plans on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and preparation of filings pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.

Lenna has significant experience representing third-party administrators and other service providers to employer-sponsored health and welfare plans. She also assists employers involved in mergers and acquisitions by performing due diligence and resolving issues raised in the transactions.

In representing administrators of governmental retirement plans, Leanna provides advice on day-to-day operations and compliance with state and federal laws and advocates on their behalf in judicial proceedings before administrative bodies and state and federal tribunals. Her experience includes representation in cases involving state constitutional restrictions on changes to governmental plans, interpretation of statutes and regulation by plan administrators and disability retirement entitlement.

Lenna has significant experience in litigation involving employee benefit plans, as well as representation of businesses and individuals in commercial disputes.

Professional Highlights

  • Co-Leader, Bowles Rice Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Practice Group
  • Worked on a team that won a complete reversal by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia of a lower court's summary judgment against clients involved in a contractual dispute
  • Successfully briefed and argued a case before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in which two of a governmental retirement plan's administrative orders applying legislative plan changes to members were upheld as permissible under the State Constitution's impairment of contracts clause
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple benefit determination and appeals on behalf of governmental plan sponsor through responsive pleadings and briefs, motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment
  • Substantial experience representing clients before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, including preparing strategy, researching and writing briefs and preparing for and presenting oral argument
  • Substantial experience advising sponsors of and boards of trustees administering health, welfare and retirement plans on a wide variety of matters, including compliance with state and federal law, preventing operational errors, and fulfilling fiduciary duties
  • Substantial experience advising third-party administrators (TPAs) and other service providers of employer-sponsored health and welfare plans on a wide variety of matters, including compliance with state and federal law and assisting in the preparation of bulletins and notices to clients
  • Regularly helps employers understand, plan for and minimize liability under the Affordable Care Act's "Employer Mandate"
  • Successfully obtained approval from IRS of qualified retirement plan sponsor's Voluntary Compliance Program submission through the agency's Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), to correct operational errors relating to plan qualification
  • Worked on a team that obtained dismissal of investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) into HIPAA complaint alleged against a health care provider
  • Regularly presents to clients and industry groups regarding the Affordable Care Act's impact on employer-sponsored health and welfare plans and HIPAA privacy and security compliance

Representative Cases

  • W.Va. Inv. Mgmt. Bd. v. The Variable Annuity Life Ins. Co., 766 S.E.2d 416 (W.Va. Nov. 14, 2014)
  • Myers v. W.Va. Consol. Pub. Ret. Bd., 226 W. Va. 738, 704 S.E.2d 738 (2010)
  • Smith v. W.Va. Consol. Pub. Ret. Bd., 222, W. Va. 345, 664 S.E.2d 686 (2008)
  • Recognized by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (Employee Benefits), 2016
  • Marshall University Outstanding Biology Student of the Year (2002-2003)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • YWCA of Charleston (Board of Directors; Young Women's Advisory Group; Human Resources; and Audit committees)