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Julia F. Mader

Associate

Overview

Julia provides plan sponsors of all types with strategic counsel in complying with and navigating the complex federal laws and regulations governing employee benefit plans. Her experience includes a broad range of employee benefits matters including plan administration and design, legal compliance, employee plan governance, fiduciary obligations and executive compensation.

In her practice, Julia focuses on:

  • Ensuring plan compliance under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA
  • Assisting clients with COVID-19 era legislation, Affordable Care Act (ACA), COBRA, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and strategic planning
  • Resolving disputes related to IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Payments
  • Preparing participant communications such as summary plan descriptions
  • Correcting plan failures in accordance with the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) procedures
  • Drafting qualified, non-qualified, and health and welfare employee benefit plans
  • Counseling employers with legal issues associated with establishing wellness programs
  • Advising on employee benefits compliance issues associated with employment, bonus, separation/severance, and professional employer organization (PEO) agreements


Julia first joined Michael Best as a summer associate and then as a law clerk. While pursuing her law degree, she was a legal research assistant focusing on employee benefits and employment-related matters and also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Annette Kingsland Ziegler and the Honorable N. Patrick Crooks in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Julia gained experience working as a general counsel intern for Bemis Company, Inc. and previously served as a human resource generalist and wellness coordinator for a group of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council
  • Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, Wisconsin Retirement Planning Professionals
  • Member, Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association

Education

Bar Admission

Community Involvement

  • Member, Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association, 2018

Education

Bar Admission

Community Involvement

  • Member, Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association, 2018
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