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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2325

Mia Butzbaugh


Mia Butzbaugh is the team leader of the firm’s employee benefits group. She has more than ten years of experience in the benefits field and works closely with collectively bargained multiemployer trusts, as well as public and private employers, on a variety of issues related to qualified deferred compensation and health and welfare plans. Mia counsels clients about all aspects of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance including fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and exemptions thereto, IRS and DOL investigations, withdrawal liability, plan administration and design, corrections under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program, anti-cutback rules, benefit claims and appeals, and reporting and disclosure requirements. Mia also prepares plan documents, negotiates service provider contracts, reviews investment subscription documents, and advises clients about compliance with HIPAA privacy and portability, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare Secondary Payer.

Mia was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.

Before joining the firm, Mia was a fellow of Echoing Green, a foundation that awards start-up funds to social-change entrepreneurs. In that capacity, she cofounded Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides legal services to low-wage and immigrant workers.

Representative Experience

Mia assists plan sponsors in complying with the new health care reform laws. She advises clients on plan design options, required coverage of adult children, grandfathered plan rules, restrictions on lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, notices, and requirements for collectively bargained plans, excepted benefits, and nonmajor medical plans.
Mia reviews and negotiates plan sponsors’ agreements with a variety of service providers, including with third-party administrators, custodians, trustees, investment managers, investment consultants, claims processors, and auditors. She counsels plan fiduciaries on liability caps imposed by service providers and on service provider disclosure requirements. Mia has prepared and reviewed requests for proposal for multiemployer trust funds and prepared the agreements with those service providers.
Mia advises plan sponsors on the law and tax issues associated with same- and opposite-sex domestic partner health coverage, including plan design, calculating imputed income for nondependents, and discrimination. Mia drafts plan language to provide for domestic partner health coverage, including to comply with municipal contracting requirements. She has also advised plan sponsors concerning the assignability of ERISA benefits for domestic partners.
Mia drafts representations and warranties concerning employee benefits for purchase and merger agreements. She assists clients in employee benefits due diligence, including communicating with the target to identify benefits plans, analyzing plan documents and administration, and evaluating the surviving company’s potential liability and postclosing obligations.
Mia counsels group health plans and sponsors on HIPAA privacy compliance. She has updated privacy policies and developed privacy breach notification procedures to comply with the HITECH Act. Mia prepares, reviews, and negotiates HIPAA business associate agreements.