Sharon Worthing Vaino, JD

Title: Attorney
Location: New York, New York, United States

Sharon Worthing Vaino, JD, attorney at law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in tax law, benefits, and compensation.

Ms. Vaino’s path toward a career in law began as a student at Barnard College. Interested in soliciting donations for her church, she started spending time in the Columbia Law Library, researching tax advantages for making charitable contributions. She recalls feeling strongly that “that was where she belonged,” and after graduating from Barnard College, cum laude, in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts, she continued her studies at the Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Vaino completed her Juris Doctor and was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia in 1978, with New York bar admission following shortly after in 1979.

Ms. Vaino became an associate of Millbank, LLP, in 1978, and continued to practice with the firm until 1985, when she briefly served as associate counsel for Time, Inc. She entered the insurance sector in 1986 as counsel for The Home Insurance Company, rising to become senior counsel and eventually the company’s Senior Legal Officer over her nearly ten-year tenure. Ms. Vaino joined Metlife, Inc., in 1995, staying with the company until 2004 as assistant tax counsel and general counsel. Between 2004 and 2009, Ms. Vaino brought her considerable experience to Seward & Kissel, LLP, where her practice specialized in employee benefits and compensation, including 401(k) plans and ERISA law rules. Currently, Ms. Vaino offers her services as volunteer counsel for community and nonprofit organizations.

She has been extensively published in professional publications and is the author of case studies “Rev. Dean M. Kelley: The Law of Church and State in America,” 2008, and “J. Bruce Nichols, the Uneasy Alliance: Religion, Refugee Work, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” 1988. In addition, Ms. Vaino has been a member of the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, D.C., since 1978, and has sat on the editorial council of the Journal of Church and State since 1981. Ms. Vaino is a member of the Board of Trustees and Legal Committee of the American Farm School, and is passionate about genealogy, holding a variety of leadership roles in both the Colonial Dames of America and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. She remains active in the American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.


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