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2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 8414
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Washington University School of Law
J.D., Order of the Coif (1992)
Case Western Reserve University
B.A. and B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1989)

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Meet Maureen Maly

Maureen M. Maly


Maureen Maly leads one of the largest ERISA, benefits and executive compensation groups in the country. Her practice focuses on employee benefits, with a particular expertise in health and welfare benefits issues. Maureen regularly helps companies design cost-effective health and welfare programs, while minimizing legal risks and administrative complications. She develops an understanding of the client's employee benefits history, structure and strategy — and strives to exceed expectations of high-quality, practical, efficient and responsive employee benefits counsel. Maureen is the editor of and a frequent contributor to Faegre Baker Daniels' health care reform blog.

Representative Engagements

Welfare Plans

  • Prepared risk assessment for Fortune 500 employer seeking to reduce retiree medical obligations, including extensive review of collective bargaining agreements, plan documents, summary plan descriptions and other employee communications
  • Negotiated and reviewed multimillion dollar outsourcing agreements for administration of employee benefits for two Fortune 500 clients
  • Redesigned all benefit plans for Fortune 100 employer, including redesign of welfare and fringe benefit programs and consulting on plan design and implementation and employee communications, enrollment materials, summary plan descriptions and forms

Health Reform

  • Advising numerous employers on reporting and disclosure obligations, compliance obligations and potential penalties, including advising on essential health benefits, actuarial value and other insurance market reforms
  • Helping numerous employers determine how ACA's "pay or play" penalties may affect their workforce
  • Helping numerous employers evaluate their options for joining a private exchange
  • Assisting many employers in revising or terminating existing retiree medical plans, due to the availability of insurance exchanges for coverage, and no ACA penalties for failure to offer retiree coverage
  • Advising employers on collective bargaining obligations and language to address ACA contingencies
  • Helping a health care system determine how its new ACO networks can be used under its health plans in compliance with ERISA
  • Advising health insurers regarding impact of HIPAA on insurance exchange participation
  • Advising employers and staffing agencies on ACA compliance for nontraditional workforces

HIPAA Privacy and Security

  • Serve as national HIPAA privacy and security counsel for several Fortune 500 employers
  • Counseled Fortune 100 company through OCR HIPAA audit of group health plans
  • Counseled large insurance company on application of HIPAA privacy and security rules to long-term care insurance products
  • Assisted numerous clients with privacy and security breach incidents, designing and implementing HIPAA training programs, negotiating business associate contracts, and drafting detailed HIPAA privacy and security compliance policies and procedures

International Health and Welfare Contracts

Maureen’s practice extends to other countries where she has advised many large, multinational/international corporations. Her experience includes:

  • Administration and compliance for global medical programs and expatriate plans
  • Coordination of issues between global and U.S. medical plans
  • Advice on negotiation of contracts with health and welfare providers in Canada for administration of Canadian medical, disability and life insurance programs
  • Collaboration with Canadian counsel to coordinate advice on Canadian health and welfare issues for U.S.-based clients


  • The Best Lawyers in America — Employee Benefits Law, 2013-17
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015

Civic Activities

  • Minnesota Sinfonia — Board Member, 2013-present
  • Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange —Technical Advisory Group on Governance, 2012-13


  • Corporate Wellness Update — What Can You Do? What Can’t You Do?
    Co-presenter with Chuck Knapp, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2015
  • HIPAA Audits and Business Associate Agreements
    Co-presenter, 35th Annual Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, Minneapolis, February 2015
  • Affordab le Care Act and HIPAA: 2015 Changes on the Horizon
    BBNA Webinar, July 2014
  • Top Five Health Plan Issues Employers Should Be Focused on Today
    Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Webinar, June 2014
  • Health Care Reform: What It Means for People with ALS
    ALS Association Webinar, September 2013
  • The Doctor Is In — Understanding and Complying With the Affordable Care Act; Creating Change or Preserving the Status Quos
    FaegreBD Franchise & Distribution Corporate Counsel Forum, Minneapolis, September 2013
  • Health Care Reform — Getting Ready for 2014
    Co-presenter with Nicole O. Fallon, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Large Employer Panel, June 2013
  • HIPAA Audits
    33rd Annual Advanced Employee Benefit Workshop, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 2013
  • Health Care Reform — Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities (NAHEFFA) Fall Conference, September 2012
  • Health Care Reform: Where Things Stand Now
    Bloomberg BNA Webinar, August 2012
  • ERISA Litigation Update on Health Reform and Implications of Cigna v. Amara
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
  • Health Care Reform: Where Things Stand Now
    IOMA Webinar, 2011
  • One Year After the Passage of Health Care Reform
    BNA Webinar, 2011
  • Health Care Reform — 2011
    31st Annual Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, MCLE, 2011
  • ADM Benefits Vendor Summit
    Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2011
  • Health Care Reform One Year After Enactment
    RSM McGladrey CFO Club Meeting, 2011
  • Of ERISA Fees and Fiduciaries: A Tale of Who Paid It and How Much 
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, MCLE, 2010
  • Legal and Regulatory Update
    Integrated Delivery System Round Table, 2010
  • How Health Care Reform Will Affect Minnesota
    Minnesota Hospital Association, 2010
  • How Does Health Care Reform Affect You and Your Bank?
    HR Roundtable Sponsored by Minnesota Bankers Association, 2010
  • Wellness: A World of Opportunities
    Faegre & Benson Seminar, 2009

Published Articles

  • Health Care Reform Compliance: An Extra Year 
    Food and Drink Magazine, Winter 2013


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