Areas of Expertise

  • Performance-based Variable Executive Compensation
  • Flexible Benefits Design & Implementation 
  • Vendor Searches
  • Compliance
  • Plan Compliance
  • Plan Documentation
  • Retirement Plan Benchmarking
  • Fiduciary Assessments
  • Operational Compliance
  • Coordinated Retirement Program Studies

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1660 West Second Street
Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216.875.1927

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Sheila Ninneman

Senior Consultant

Prior to joining the firm, Sheila was a member of the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group of a national law firm headquartered in Cleveland.

Sheila has over 25 years of experience advising clients on all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation compliance with significant experience in implementing, amending, and restating tax-qualified plans, and providing counsel regarding their day-to-day administration.  Her experience includes the termination and mergers of tax-qualified plans and advising clients on fiduciary compliance, IRS and DOL plan audits, and correction of operational and documentation errors in submissions under federal correction programs.  With respect to welfare benefit plan compliance, Sheila provides employers with advice on matters arising under the ACA, COBRA, HIPAA, as well as wellness plan design. 

Sheila assists employers on merger and acquisition employee benefits issues by performing due diligence and providing advice on purchase agreement provisions that affect employee benefits and executive compensation.  Her executive compensation experience spans nonqualified plan design, employment agreements, severance agreements and general compliance issues arising under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, OH - JD, magna cum laude
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BA, cum laude

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Volunteer

What's Your Passion?

After my daughters, our adopted animals, our seven acres, meditation and yoga, my passion is writing poetry, essays and journal entries.

Publications and Presentations

  • IRS Paves the Way for More Pre-Approved Plans, BenefitsLink, July 2017
  • Employee Benefits under the New Administration, BenefitsLink, May 2017
  • The 2017 Operational Compliance List – A Promised Tool from the IRS, BenefitsLink, March 2017
  • DOL New Fiduciary Regulations: Action Items for Next Year, BenefitsLink, April 2016