Brenda M. Ching

Of Counsel
Tel 424.204.4394
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Brenda M. Ching has 15 years of experience advising clients on the design and operation of employer-sponsored programs including employee welfare benefit programs, retirement plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, incentive compensation programs, and various types of employer stock compensation.

Brenda advises clients on compliance requirements for employee retirement and welfare benefit programs under various laws including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provisions governing taxation of employer-sponsored benefits (including Sections 105,106, and 125). She has conducted compliance reviews of her clients' benefit plans to identify and correct operational issues under applicable IRS and Department of Labor programs. Brenda also advises clients on requirements for various forms of compensatory arrangements under IRC Sections 409A, 280G, 162(m), and federal and state payroll tax laws.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Brenda served as in-house counsel for a benefits technology firm with the primary responsibility of managing the firm's employee benefits legal compliance matters. Prior to this role, she served as an attorney and in executive positions at a global Fortune 500 company and at national consulting firms. She has several years of experience advising clients on tax issues arising from employee benefits and executive compensation plans.

Professional Activities

Program Chair and Board Member, Orange County Chapter, Western Pension & Benefits Council, 2009–2011


Co-author, "House Passes American Health Care Act," Ballard Spahr alert, May 5, 2017

Co-author, "ACA Repeal and Replace Plan is Released," Ballard Spahr alert, March 7, 2017

Co-author, "Can Arbitration Lock the Courthouse Doors to Employment Claims?" California Public Employee Relations, June 2001

Board Memberships

President, Scripps College Alumnae Association, 2004–2006

Loyola Law School Los Angeles (J.D. 2000)
Staff Member, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award, Sales and Payments
Recipient, Loyola Scholar scholarship

Scripps College (B.A. 1993)