Anne Prenner Schmidt
"I pride myself on effectively listening to my client's needs, and providing outstanding customer service. I understand the importance of protecting what clients have worked a lifetime to accrue. My knowledge of retirement plans and executive compensation allows me to provide insight into an area which can have great economic importance after the dissolution."
Anne Prenner Schmidt uses her acute business acumen to guide individuals through the complex division of retirement plans regarding family law matters. Prior to joining Schiller DuCanto & Fleck in 2015, Anne focused her practice on compliance of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. She frequently advised clients on Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and other federal statutes. Anne also focused her practice on plan design and drafting, preparing determination letter applications, SPDs, amendments, plan administrative procedures, plan operation, mergers, QDROs, domestic partner coverage, reporting requirements and fiduciary liability.
Anne understands the importance of retirement plans in association with divorce and helps clients navigate the multifaceted issues involved. Her previous experience designing large group plans makes her uniquely qualified to handle the most intricate of cases. Anne works with clients to design and implement a strategy that best fits their needs. She is a skilled negotiator and uses both her litigation and alternative dispute resolution competences in order to protect client’s retirement assets.
Anne’s experience in these areas is reinforced by her LL.M. in Employee Benefits, which she obtained while also working for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. During her time with the Department, Anne focused on fiduciary correction matters and was responsible for auditing VFCP applications. She is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, teaching legal writing for employee benefits. Anne is also a Lake County Child Representative and Guardian ad Litem.
Speaker, "Same-Sex Spousal Benefits After Obergefell and Windsor," Pride Kick-Off Continuing Legal Education, May 2017
Awards and Honors
Recognized by the Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Society for her work with the Pro Bono Program, July 2017