Attorney Mike Paton wants you to ask him questions at the July 30th ISAHU State Convention. Mike is presenting a pending CE class on Wellness developments, Department of Labor enforcement activities EEOC wellness regulations, Association health plans, Recent litigation activity, Proposed health reimbursement arrangement regulations, Reference-based pricing, Extension of transitional relief,IRS enforcement of Affordable Care Act penalties, and Employee benefit plan litigation update. Mike is an attorney at Indiana’s own Barnes and Thornburg, LLP. Mike is a graduate of Notre Dame and IU’s Law School, both degrees with honors.
For more than three decades, Mike has concentrated his practice on the many legal issues surrounding employee benefits. His benefits practice encompasses a broad spectrum of activities, including drafting and design of both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, cash balance and other hybrid plans, 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Mike also counsels regional and national clients on the legal issues involved in the design and administration of health, cafeteria and other fringe benefit plans, including the HIPAA privacy and security requirements and, the interpretation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
In addition, Mike advises clients on executive compensation, including compliance with the requirements of Section 409A. As part of his administrative practice, he is closely involved with governmental agencies, including the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. Moreover, Mike advises a number of tax-exempt, higher education and governmental employers on employee benefit matters relating to qualified plans, 403(b), 457(b) and 457(f) plans and 409A compliance. Over the course of Mike’s career, his experience has allowed him to guide clients on pressing or complicated questions. Notably, Mike is a frequent participant in employee benefit seminars on a variety of topics, including PPACA, qualified retirement plans, ESOPs, health benefit plans, fiduciary responsibilities, and other employee benefits issues.
Honors: Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2006, 2008 and 2009 The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2016.