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Charles P. Stevens

Partner

Overview

A persuasive advocate, Charlie vigorously defends employers and benefit plans in courts and other forums. He excels at assessing and fixing problems that arise with employee benefit programs and providing a strategically driven approach to benefits compliance and risk management planning.

As exclusive employee benefits counsel to many nationwide employers, Charlie’s practice focus extends to:

  • Counseling on Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance and strategic planning, particularly with respect to contingent workers
  • Advising and defending employers regarding multiemployer pension plan claims, including withdrawal liability and contribution claims
  • Assisting clients with legal issues associated with implementing on-site clinics for employees
  • Providing analysis and advice to employers concerning new employee benefit legislation
  • Litigating and favorably resolving large retiree health class actions, including arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Representing numerous employers in state and federal courts, courts of appeals, and other forums
  • Providing consultation and advice to employers pertaining to benefits issues associated with collective bargaining, insurance practices, employer policies, and applicable laws
  • Advising and defending employers on Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act matters
 

Charlie has written and spoken extensively on benefits-related topics ranging from the ACA and the legal environment of wellness programs to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Charlie is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and works with Chamber staff in providing comments to federal agencies on proposed employee benefits regulations.

Charlie’s work is regularly honored by regional and national ranking organizations, such as Chambers USA, which named him a “Leader in the Field,” and The Best Lawyers in America

Experience

Notable examples of Charlie’s work include:

  • Providing a health plan redraft and strategic planning advice to a mid-sized manufacturing client who sought an affordable solution that did not require payment of ACA penalties.
  • Representing a large dairy cooperative client in challenging a large assessment of multiemployer withdrawal liability through arbitration. Charlie obtained a very favorable settlement for his client.
  • Identifying and recommending strategies to address multiemployer withdrawal liability risks. Through Charlie’s advice, a client was able to modify certain employment structures to avoid a substantial liability assessment.
  • Successfully advising a private equity client whose purchase of an electrical contracting firm was threatened by obligations associated with union pension liabilities that would have transferred to the buyer.
  • Assisting a consortium of six Wisconsin technical colleges in creating a self-funded multiple employer health plan. As a result, Wisconsin statues were changed to permit joint self-funding of health coverage for technical colleges.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Leading Employee Benefits & Compensation Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2005-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2005-present
  • “Wisconsin Super Lawyers” list, Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-present

Professional Activities

  • Member of Board of Directors, Wellness Council of Wisconsin
  • Past President, Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council  
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association and Past Chairman of its Employee Benefits Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, and the Employee Benefits Committee of its Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Yellow Belt Certified, Legal Lean Sigma
  • Member, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Health Care Committee
  • Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Committee

Education

Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center
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