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Melanie Hancock Brown - Shareholder

Melanie Hancock Brown


University of Connecticut, B.A., 1993, summa cum laude
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1996, Honors
  • Connecticut Law Review
    • Articles Editor
  • Moot Court Board

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section
  • The Florida Bar
    • Tax Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Melanie Hancock Brown - Shareholder

Melanie is a Shareholder in the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. She practices in the area of ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation. Melanie counsels a diverse clientele of for-profit,  nonprofit and governmental entities of all sizes regarding their qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans, including 401(k) and profit sharing plans, 457 and 403(b) plans, defined benefit plans, ESOPs and other stock based benefits, and health, welfare and other fringe benefit plans. She drafts qualified and nonqualified plans, and provides general guidance regarding, among other things, plan administration, nondiscrimination, COBRA, HIPAA, and compliance resolution. Melanie advises clients on the implication of tax, securities, ERISA, and other laws on these plans.

Melanie is a member of the Tax Sections of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as the State Bar of Connecticut. She is also active in the community where she serves on the Leadership Board of Radius Church, Saint Petersburg. 

In her free time, Melanie enjoys music, movies, theater, church, running and spending time with her family.

Honors & Recognitions

  • 2019 small button date only

Professional Associations

  • Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council
    • First Vice President
  • Tampa Bay Pension Council
  • Women in Pensions Network, Tampa Bay Chapter
    • Sponsorship Chair

Publications & Presentations

  • “Employee Health Benefits Compliance "Hot Topics". Presenter, Health Benefits Conference & Expo, January 23, 2018
  • “Treading the Murky ACA Employee Waters: What Employees do you Consider?”  Presenter, HR Florida Conference & Expo, August 31, 2016.  
  • "Recent DOL Enforcement Actions" Presenter, CBIZ & MHM Executive Education Series, June 10, 2015.