Laura P. Heacock

Tel 215.864.8864
Fax 215.864.8999

Laura P. Heacock focuses her practice on all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. She advises clients on issues relating to the design, administration, and taxation of health and other welfare benefit plans and about compliance with the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, HITECH, COBRA, cafeteria plan rules, and other legal requirements. Ms. Heacock prepares clients for audits of their privacy and security measures under HIPAA and advises them about the rules governing wellness initiatives, and has experience conducting HIPAA trainings that focus on compliance with various aspects of HIPAA's Privacy and Security Rules.

Ms. Heacock also has experience with incentive and equity-based compensation agreements, change in control agreements, and executive employment and separation agreements. She counsels clients in the design and drafting of stock option plans and has experience in drafting, amending, and terminating tax-qualified defined benefit, defined contribution, and health and welfare plans and preparing related employee communications.

Ms. Heacock frequently advises clients on issues relating to the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Judicial Internship

Hon. Elizabeth T. Hey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2010


Co-author, "IRS Prepares to Enforce ACA Employer Mandate," Ballard Spahr alert, November 14, 2017

Co-author, "IRS Eases Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions After Hurricane Harvey," Ballard Spahr alert, August 31, 2017

Co-author, "Judge Orders EEOC to Reevaluate Wellness Program Regulations," August 23, 2017  

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

Co-author, "Temporary Relief for Certain Student Health Plans Extended Indefinitely," Ballard Spahr alert, October 24, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "You Passed the Bar, Now What: How to Succeed in Your First Year as an Attorney, and How to Gain Experience,” Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Bootcamp, November 3, 2017

Speaker, "Employment Law Seminar: A Time of Change," Lindquist & Vennum LLP seminar, October 11, 2017

Speaker, "Employee Benefits Outlook 2018: What's Hot and What's Not," 2017 HR Legal Summit, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM Conference, September 14, 2017 

Panelist, "Ballard Women on the Cutting Edge: Helping Clients Stay On Top of a Rapidly Changing Legal Environment," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, September 12, 2017 

Speaker, "Philadelphia Public Employers Human Resources Roundtable," Ballard Spahr seminar, March 30, 2017 

Speaker, "Labor and Employment Law Year in Review," Ballard Spahr seminar, February 2, 2017

Panelist, "HIPAA Critical: Are You Ready for a HIPAA Audit?" Inside ARM webinar, August 15, 2016

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2012)
Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Associate Editor

Saint Joseph's University (B.S. 2008)