Christine Cushman joins the Bricker Graydon LLP employee benefits team as an accomplished legal professional with extensive experience and in-depth understanding of employee benefits and executive compensation planning, administration and compliance as well as the associated fiduciary risks and responsibilities, and legal and regulatory requirements.
Her previous legal roles have included positions at prominent law firms and financial institutions, underscoring her experience in the field. She began her legal career clerking for the honorable Judge Michael Thornton at the U.S. Tax Court. She then spent 5 years practicing law in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group at an AM Law Top 10 Law Firm in Philadelphia. She continued her legal practice at a regional firm in Philadelphia supporting both employee benefits and tax clients. She gained extensive in-house experience over the next 12 years serving as Assistant General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance supporting retirement plan services and later as Senior Vice President & Senior Associate General Counsel at Huntington National Bank, supporting its retirement plan services and fiduciary investment management businesses.
Christine has written and presented extensively on retirement plan topics and fiduciary roles and responsibilities, among other topics. She served as a Lecturer for Business Finance – Employee Benefit & Retirement Planning at the Ohio State University Fisher Business School and taught Law and the Arts at Drexel University.
She earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Texas Law School and an LL.M. in Tax from New York University School of Law.
Industries & Practices
B.A. in English, Louisiana Tech University J.D., The University of Texas School of Law LL.M. in Tax, New York University School of Law
- 2024 Inflation Adjustment to DOL PenaltiesBlog Post
- Unicorn, Ostrich, or Okapi? Fiduciary Duties for Governmental Retirement Plan SponsorsBlog Post
- 403(b) Plans – Not Your Average Salary Deferral PlanBlog Post
- Forfeitures Accounts – The Next New Topic of ERISA Litigation Trends & Should You Be Concerned?Blog Post
- The Who, the When and the “Oh, No” of 401(k) Plan NoticesBlog Post
- Investment Committee Best Practices – If a Prudent Decision Was Made and No One Documented it, Did it Happen?Blog Post
- Beneficiary Designations – Plan Sponsor Best PracticesBlog Post
- Have You Been Counting Those Long-Term Part-Time Employee Hours? Initial Plan Year Eligibility is Fast Approaching.Blog Post
- How SECURE 2.0 Impacts 403(b) PlansBlog Post
- Avoiding the Cost of an Annual Plan Audit Just Got Easier for Thousands of EmployersBlog Post
Outside The Office
Christine, and her husband, John, and their two daughters, Annabelle and Samantha, live in Lewis Center, Ohio where she enjoys gardening, reading and volunteering at the local human society and public library.