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She's extremely knowledgeable and certainly a go-to person in terms of her knowledge of ERISA and employee benefits.

- Chambers USA 2018

Sharon Quinn Dixon is a Shareholder in both the Tax Department and Labor & Employment Department. Sharon's practice focuses on employee benefits for businesses and estate planning for individuals.

Sharon advises business clients about their employee benefit plans and executive compensation, including 401(k) plans, COBRA issues, Section 125-Cafeteria Plans, Code Section 409A issues for all forms of deferred compensation, equity-based plans for employees, Affordable Care Act issues, other medical and insurance plan questions, and tax and ERISA compliance and litigation matters involving benefit plans. Additionally, Sharon is experienced with merger and acquisition due diligence reviews, planning for employee benefits in implementing Family Leave Act policies and stock option and stock appreciation rights plans.

Sharon counsels individual clients in the development and implementation of their estate plans, including federal estate, gift and income tax issues. Sharon represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in connection with the administration of estates and personal trusts. Sharon has particular expertise in estate planning for retirement benefits.

Sharon also counsels individuals and organizations about the formation and operation of tax exempt organizations, including with respect to obtaining and maintaining their tax status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Sharon is a regular contributor to the firm’s labor and employment law blog, BeLabor the Point.

Representative Experience

  • Correction of 401(k)and retirement plan compliance deficiencies and submission for IRS approval.
  • Review and redesign of numerous deferred compensation arrangements for compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.
  • Representation of employer-plan sponsors in audits of IRS and U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Representation of tax-exempt employers in connection with 403(b) and retirement plans (qualified and nonqualified) and health and welfare plans
  • Successful defense of IRS challenges to estate tax valuation.
  • Drafting personal trusts and planning for family business succession.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Member
  • The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Children’s Home Society, Southeastern Division, Chair of the Board


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business: Ranked #1 in Tax, 2005-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Miami Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2016, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 1993-2018
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2016
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida - Labor & Employment, 2008-2019
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Publications: Dave & Buster’s Settlement – Busted! But Not So Fast….
BeLabor the Point Blog|January 2019

Events: Hype vs. Reality: The Effect of Recent Guidance on Your Employee Benefit Plans
Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management|November 2018

Events: Another ERISA Fiduciary Duty? Protecting Your Benefit Plan's Confidential Information
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Retirement Plan Hurricane Relief for Affected Participants
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|November 2017

Events: The DOL Fiduciary Rule and Other Developments
GMSHRM|November 2017

Events: Executive Compensation and Partnership Awards
Greater Miami Tax Institute|August 2017

Events: Finding the Well in Wellness Programs
Stearns Weaver Miller's 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2017

Publications: EEOC Wellness Plan Controversy: All’s Well That Ends Well?
BeLabor The Point Blog |April 2017

Events: The Changing HR Landscape: A Post-Inauguration Overview
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce|March 2017

Publications: What’s in YOUR COBRA Notice? Insufficiencies Could Drain Your Wallet
BeLabor The Point Blog|January 2017

Publications: Don’t Forget About ACA Compliance with Staffing Firm Service Agreements
BeLabor The Point Blog|August 2016

Events: Warning Signals Ahead: Hot Employee Benefit Plan Issues for 2016
Stearns Weaver Miller's 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2016

Publications: Have an Election Season Free From Tax Penalties!
BeLabor the Point Blog |March 2016

Publications: Turn a FICA Sting into a FICA Benefit
BeLabor the Point Blog |January 2016

Publications: So Boring but So Important – Vendor Service Agreements
BeLabor the Point Blog |November 2015

Events: Quick Beauty Tips for Your Employee Benefits Package
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar |May 2015

Publications: Let My People Go (to the Marketplace)
BeLabor the Point Blog |November 2014

Events: The Top HR “Need to Knows” about the Affordable Care Act
Stearns Weaver Miller Labor & Employment Breakfast Series|November 2014

Events: It’s Not Just a Form! – Important Details in IRA/Plan Beneficiary Designations
Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami|October 2014

Events: The Affordable Care Act and its Effect on Businesses and Individuals
Miami-Dade County Bar Association|September 2014

Events: Wine Tasting & Estate Planning Seminar
Stearns Weaver Miller Miami Office|September 2014

Events: Trust and Estate Law CLE webinar
American Bar Association Section of Real Property|August 2014

Publications: Health Care Reform – Business as Usual (For Now)
BeLabor the Point Blog |August 2014

Publications: It’s Summer: How To Treat Your Interns Under The ACA
BeLabor the Point Blog |June 2014

Events: The Top 10 HR “Need to Knows” About the Affordable Care Act As We Drive Into 2015
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2014

Events: Ready or Not, Here it Comes: What HR Really Needs to Know About The Affordable Care Act
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2013

Publications: Florida Employment Law Manual
Florida Chamber of Commerce|January 2013

Events: Sudden Death and Divorce: The Employee Benefit Concerns
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 22nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2012

Events: Healthcare Reform & Benefit Planning: Managing Change, Mitigating Cost
Stearns Weaver Miller Labor & Employment Breakfast Series|October 2011

Events: Tax Issues on Settlement of Employment Cases
Florida National Employment Lawyers Association Summer Conference|September 2011

Events: Dancing with the Regulators: Benefits Regulations Galore for 401(k) and Health Plans…Tune in for the Latest Steps
Seminar Stearns Weaver Miller’s 21st Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar|May 2011

Events: Benefits Think Tank- New Burdens on Your 401 (k) Plan: Are You Prepared?
Stearns Weaver Miller Labor & Employment Breakfast Series|April 2011

Events: Time For Action on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plan Mandates
Webinar|August 2010

Events: Employee Benefits In A State Of Flux
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2010

Events: What’s The Deal with Electronic Discovery and the Paperless Office?
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar|May 2008

Events: Employment Law Speed Dating
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar|May 2008

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