Taretta Shine is a paralegal with Ice Miller's Employee Benefits Group. Her areas of concentration include design and implementation of welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans; preparation of plan documents and summary plan descriptions compliance with recent legislation and regulations; and conducting legal research for clients regarding plan administration issues.

Her additional notable experience includes:
• Preparing annual tax filings
• Preparing IRS determination letter submissions and Private Letter Ruling requests for qualification of retirement plans
• Preparing, reviewing, and revising health plans and Summaries of Benefits and Coverage to ensure compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
• Preparing employee communication materials and benefits news alerts summarizing legislative and regulatory updates

Taretta has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care, insurance and employee benefits fields. Originally from the Chicago area, she began her employee benefits career as an employee benefits intern with Motorola Inc. from 1992-1994. She gained additional employee benefits experience as an underwriter for the health insurance company United HealthCare and the property/casualty insurance company Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company. After obtaining her paralegal certificate, Taretta worked as a benefits compliance paralegal for CNA Insurance from 1996-1999 and then for First Health until 2001.

While living in the Chicago area, Taretta was a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association. She also volunteered as a tutor for the non-profit agency Literacy Chicago where she taught English as a second language.

Taretta earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Bradley University in 1994. In addition, she earned a paralegal certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies in 1996.

Taretta is the proud mother of twin toddlers Benjamin and Saraya who she raises with her husband Rob. She has no free time right now (did we mention she has twin toddlers?), but she anticipates that in the next decade, she'll be able to enjoy her hobbies again of volunteering, reading suspense novels and traveling to Costa Rica.

Shine joined Ice Miller in April 2001.

Taretta Shine is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
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