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Practice Teams

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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Gena Gibson


Gena (Stone) Gibson began her career at Miller Nash in 2002 as an associate with the Benefits Team. While in law school, she clerked at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and the Natural Resources Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. As a member of the Benefits Team, she worked extensively with clients on welfare plan administration and compliance, HIPAA privacy implementation, consumer-driven health care options, and various matters related to defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.

In 2007, she transitioned to working as the Human Resources Director for her church’s regional headquarters, which involved caring for the employment needs of approximately 800 employees. Gena rejoined the Employee Benefits Group in 2014.

Gena assists employers on a variety of issues related to health and welfare and retirement plans, including HIPAA privacy and portability, business associate contracts, ERISA compliance, plan administration questions, service provider contracts, and drafting and amending plan documents. She also assists with reporting and disclosure requirements and qualified plan corrections.

Representative Experience

Works closely with plan sponsors as she reviews and negotiates plan sponsors’ agreements with a variety of service providers, such as third-party administrators and investment managers.
Assists plan sponsors with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, from reviewing and negotiating HIPAA business associate agreements to updating privacy and security policies and counseling plan sponsors about complying with individual rights.
Assists plan sponsors with navigating through the numerous federal laws that apply to their group health plans, including health care reform, ERISA, Medicare Part D, COBRA, HIPAA portability and privacy, USERRA, and satisfying Internal Revenue Code nondiscrimination rules applicable to self-insured health plans.
Prepares plan documents for various employment benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, group health plans, cafeteria plans, and health flexible spending arrangements, and amends them for required law or plan sponsor-requested changes. Prepares and updates SPDs, and all types of required notices to plan participants.
Assists plan sponsors with their cafeteria plans and component benefit programs. Prepares plan documents and advises plan sponsors about cafeteria plan administration and applicable legal requirements, including determining reimbursable medical and dependent care expenses and responding to election change requests.