Alison M. Stemler

T 502.568.0244
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Alison's practice consists primarily of advising employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She advises employers on compliance obligations under an increasingly complex set of rules imposed on retirement plans and welfare plans such as health, life and disability insurance plans. Alison is a leader in the firm in providing advice regarding compliance with HIPAA privacy rules for health plans and regarding compliance with tax code Section 409A's potential penalties on deferred and executive compensation plans. She regularly advises employers regarding incentive compensation, including equity-based compensation and executive benefit plans. Alison strives to provide practical advice and innovative solutions to her client's issues and obligations.

While benefits issues have common application to employers in many industries, a large portion of Alison's practice consists of advising employers in the health care services industry. These employers have unique issues due to the composition of their workforce including both professional providers and high numbers of low skilled workers. Wide variations in the sophistication and income levels of employees lead to communications challenges as well as retirement plan nondiscrimination compliance. For employers outside the health care industry, Alison's deep knowledge of the health care industry and health reform compliance obligations enable her to provide timely value-added guidance and perspectives. She routinely advises employers in banking, manufacturing, utilities, retail food service, and other service industries.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2005-2019; Louisville Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2015
  • Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Employee Benefits Council since 1990, Program Committee, 1999

FBT Publications

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Ursuline Campus Schools, Member of Board of Trustees, 2002-2005
  • Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, 1999 – 2004 Board of Directors; 2002 and 2003 Chair of the Board
  • River City Business and Professional Women, Numerous years as Member and Member of the Board
  • Bingham Fellows, Leadership Louisville Center, Class of 2016

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Alison regularly addresses human resources and business groups on employee benefits topics. She addressed COBRA and HIPAA issues from 2000 through 2006 at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Seminars. She presented advanced and basic employee benefits topics at the 1999 and 2000 Mid-America Human Resources Symposium sponsored by the chambers of commerce of six states. She has been a guest lecturer on ERISA issues at the University of Louisville School of Business. In November, 1995, and in January, 1998, she co-chaired the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Update Seminar.

Alison has published a number of client updates and benefits-related articles in The Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. 

Other Contact Info


Belinda Shelton
T 502.779.8512