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Kathy D. Aslinger

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Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773

focuses her practice on ERISA law, pensions, and employee benefits, representing both public and private employers on a wide range of legal issues arising from governmental and private health and welfare plans and pension and retirement plans, including: federal and state law requirements; fiduciary responsibilities; plan design, drafting, and implementation; plan administration and governance; plan termination; participant and beneficiary claims and disputes; IRS compliance and qualification determinations; IRS and DOL audits; errors and corrective actions; and investment management agreements and financial arrangements. She also writes and speaks on employee benefit topics and serves on the Board of Directors for Uplands Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. She joined Kennerly Montgomery in January 2010 after practicing for eleven years as a government lawyer and prosecutor.

Ms. Aslinger graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1998 and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She received her Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994, graduating magna cum laude with Distinction in University Honors. Following law school, she worked as a judicial clerk for judges on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, where she honed her research and writing skills. She continued her appellate practice for the next four years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. In that capacity, Ms. Aslinger handled approximately 200 appeals before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is counsel of record in thirteen published opinions, including State v. Jackson, 173 S.W.3d 401 (Tenn. 2005); Hogan v. Mills, 168 S.W.3d 753 (Tenn. 2005); State v. Wilson, 164 S.W.3d 355 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2003); State v. Jordan, 116 S.W.3d 8 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2003); and State v. McCary, 119 S.W.3d 226 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2003). Ms. Aslinger served as an Assistant District Attorney from 2006-2009, first in Nashville and more recently in Maryville, Tennessee.

Areas of Practice
    Pension & Employee Benefits
    ERISA Law
    Employment Law
    Local Government and Public Utilities
      University of Tennessee – J.D., summa cum laude, 1998
      Middle Tennessee State University – B.S., magna cum laude, 1994
      Bar Admissions
        Tennessee – 1998
        U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee – 2002
        U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee – 2002
        U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2004
        U.S. Supreme Court – 2012
          Tennessee Bar Association
          Knoxville Bar Association
          Blount County Bar Association
          East Tennessee Compensation and Benefits Association
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