Sylvius H. von Saucken, a tax, estate/trust, and benefits attorney, joined the Garretson Resolution Group in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005 and currently serves as its chief compliance officer and fiduciary. He leads the firm’s internal protocol development and training initiatives, as well as provides compliance support to the firm’s Medicare Set Aside custodial company, Affiance Partners. In his capacity as fiduciary for the Garretson Resolution Group’s settlement funds, Mr. Saucken works closely with the company’s fund administration team to address operational decisions for qualified settlement funds and other settlement fund vehicles, including developing and overseeing principal preservation strategies and addressing tax reporting and other disbursement matters, including negotiating escrow-type agreements with financial institutions. He has experience in complex planning issues, drawing from a diverse background in fiduciary matters, such as estate planning, trust administration, taxation, and related government benefit preservation issues. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, coteaching courses in federal wealth transfer taxation and estate planning. He has spoken before various state and national bar associations, as well as judicial conferences on a variety of topics impacting the settlement continuum, from Medicaid component estate planning, trust administration and taxation, taxation of settlements, Medicare repayment rules, strategies and practice tips, to Medicare Set Asides, qualified settlement funds, Medicaid lien strategies and resolution, special needs trusts, and government benefit preservation strategies. Mr. Saucken has also focused his presentations on the ever changing obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) framework, including conditional payment reimbursement rules and strategies, the MMSEA’s reporting obligations for insurance companies involved in settlements, as well as statutory interpretation and reform concerns.
Linda R. Magruder concentrates her practice in the area of insurance subrogation. She represents personal injury victims in the negotiations of claims against the victims’ recoveries. These claims may be made by providers, by benefits plans including healthcare and disability plans, both ERISA and non-ERISA, and by Medicare and Medicaid. She is a member of AAJ and the Kentucky Justice Association as well as other legal organizations. Magruder Law is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Valerie M. Nannery is litigation counsel at Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. in Washington, DC. She has written briefs and argued cases before state and federal court as well as appellate levels, including before the Supreme Court of the United States. Her practice includes constitutional challenges to caps on damages, personal jurisdiction issues, mandatory arbitration, federal preemption of state tort law causes of action, mass torts, and complex civil litigation generally. Ms. Nannery has experience working on Medicare and Medicaid lien issues, as well as discovery issues. She argued a precedent-setting case before the California Court of Appeal that enabled consumers of prescription drugs to sue brand-name manufacturers of drugs for misrepresenting the risks associated with the drugs. Before joining CCL, Ms. Nannery was the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Assistance Project Coordinator at Public Citizen Litigation Group and an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Nannery is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia School of Law.