February 19, 2007Press Release

Third Party Administrator Alliance Signs Michael Best & Friedrich LLP for Legal Services

Atlanta, GA - The Third Party Administrator Alliance—known as the TPAA—has signed an agreement with Wisconsin-based Michael Best & Friedrich LLP to provide legal services for its member TPAs. 

According to Peggy Wolford, vice president of business development for the TPAA, “Michael Best & Friedrich has significant experience in the employee benefits field and has represented TPAs, brokers, consultants and employers.  Their understanding of this industry from every angle makes them a valuable partner for our members.”

In addition to individual services, TPAA members will have access to a “group legal” purchasing model to cover issues that will likely affect all members.  This model should lead to reduced legal expenses for participating members.  Also, Michael Best offers teleweb and telephone seminars as well as an “extranet” for housing documents that can be accessed 24/7.  “We believe  our firm and the TPAA are an excellent fit,” says John Barlament, Attorney and Partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.   “Most large law firms also have very high hourly billing rates and most small firms do not have the additional resources available in-house when needed.  At Michael Best, we can rely on our full-service corporate and litigation departments to assist with various TPA issues such as mergers and acquisitions and litigation.  Combined with our dedication to and knowledge of the industry, we will be a great partner for the TPAA members.”

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