Spotlight on Sandra Mihok

Sandra Mihok joined the firm’s Pittsburgh office in 1999. She grew up in Upper St. Clair, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and now lives just a few miles from her childhood home, in Peters Township. Sandra and her husband Robert have been married for almost 25 years. They have three daughters: Alessia (22), Isabella (17), and Emma (13), and a mini long-haired dachshund named Oscar.

Sandra is chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. She acts as outside benefits counsel for plan sponsors and fiduciaries, advising on special projects and day-to-day matters involving employee benefit plan administration and tax, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. She plays a key role in her clients’ fiduciary compliance management by regularly attending plan committee meetings and providing training, education, and advice.

Q&A

What led you to pursue a career in law?

I have known since high school that I would be a lawyer. I always loved to read and write and wanted to help people.

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

The diversity of issues and clients.

What is something people might not know about you?

My parents are Italian immigrants — my dad is one of nine children and my mom one of 12. I have a huge, tight-knit family both here in Pittsburgh and also in Florence. As a teenager/young adult I sometimes spent summers working at a relative’s cafe/bar in the center of Florence. It was a great experience meeting people from all over the world.

Who/what inspires you?

Definitely my mother. She is loving, patient, and happy no matter what life throws her way. It was truly a blessing to have been raised by her.

What’s your most memorable trip or vacation?

There have been many memorable ones but most recent one that stands out would be Atlantis in the Bahamas. My husband was too afraid to go down the Leap of Faith Water Slide, which is 60-feet-tall and passes through a shark-filled lagoon. I was scared too, but I did it just to show him up :-)

Do you have any hidden talents?

Balancing anything on my head.

What’s your favorite place?

I love the beach, but my favorite place would probably be Florence, Italy.

What’s your favorite pastime?

Watching NFL football, swimming, and reading mystery novels.

What song instantly puts you in a good mood?

Music generally puts me in a good mood, but I especially like Billy Joel, Foreigner, and Lady Gaga.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?

The Office. I actually binge-watch it over and over.

 

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