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Taretta Shine is a paralegal with Ice Miller's Employee Benefits Group. Her areas of concentration include working closely with the Employee Benefits attorneys to design and implement welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans; update plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and employee communication and education materials; prepare policies and procedures to administer and ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations; and conduct legal research for clients regarding plan administration issues.

As a team member within the Employee Benefits Group, her additional notable experience includes:

  • Preparing annual tax filings, including delinquent Form 5500s under the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program
  • Submitting Private Letter Ruling requests to the IRS
  • Preparing corrections for retirement plans using programs such as the IRS’ Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and the Department of Labor’s Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Plan
  • Reviewing, updating, and revising health plans and Summaries of Benefits and Coverage to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act

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 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 twins Benjamin and Saraya who she raises with her husband Rob. When she’s not attending the twins’ baseball games and ballet classes, she enjoys volunteering, reading suspense novels, and vacationing on cruise ships in the Caribbean.

Taretta joined Ice Miller in April 2001.

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

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