Mr Benjamin Conley > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
233 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE
SUITE 8000
CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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Work Department

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Health Care Reform Team; Global Privacy & Security Team

Position

Partner

Career

Mr. Conley focuses his practice on employee benefit plans.  He has experience counseling clients on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. 

Mr. Conley regularly advises clients on defined benefit and defined contribution plan compliance, including corrections for plan operational errors. He assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments and participant communications. He also advises clients on health & welfare plan compliance, including medical and dental plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts and dependent care spending accounts. Mr. Conley counsels clients on plan design decisions relating to COBRA, HIPAA privacy regulations and health care reform legislation. 

Mr. Conley serves on the Advisory Board of the Health Care Reform Center & Policy Institute, a newly formed national “think tank” made up of the nation’s leading lawyers, consultants, government representatives and state insurance agents to influence the development of new rules and regulations under Health Care Reform.  Mr. Conley is a member of the firm’s Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Conley started closely following health care reform well before it was passed into law. He regularly consults with governmental agencies on health care reform developments and has submitted comments on health care reform interim regulations on behalf of clients.  Mr. Conley has presented extensively on health care reform and what it means for businesses, including leading the Healthcare Reform Certification Program offered by the Employer Healthcare Congress.

Mr. Conley has written articles concerning health care reform legislation, employer wellness programs, fiduciary responsibilities, claims review procedures and retiree medical benefits.

Memberships

Chicago Cares; Center for Economic Progress; Miami University Alumni Association; Near North Library Friends Association (Board Member); Washington and Lee Alumni Association

Education

J.D., Washington & Lee University, Order of the Coif (2008) – Lead Articles Editor, Washington & Lee University Law Review; Winner of the 2007 Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition; ABA Regional Negotiations Competition Finalist. B.A., Miami University, summa cum laude (2005)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s benefits practice has a strong presence in major commercial centers across the country. Contacts in Chicago include Diane Dygert, who heads up the practice group, and Benjamin Conley, a name to note for HIPAA compliance, defined benefit/contribution plan compliance, and health and welfare plans. In New York, Richard Schwartz is noted for his expertise in defined contribution matters, and advises healthcare sector entities on dealings with the DOL and IRS, plan governance, fiduciary issues, and deferred and executive compensation matters. Also in New York, associate Chelsea McCue has experience in 401(k) plan designs, ESOPs, Affordable Care Act compliance, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. A contact on the West Coast is Seattle-based Liz Deckman, who advises on all aspects of tax-qualified plans. In December 2020 Jake Downing moved to the Chicago office of King & Spalding LLP.