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Samantha A. Kopacz

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Education

J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 2007

B.A., New York University, 2004

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

Samantha Kopacz's practice centers around the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans. Samantha has more than a decade of experience representing employers, group health plans, insurance companies and third-party administrators in regulatory and compliance issues related to employee benefits.

Samantha has extensive experience drafting plan documentation and communications, negotiating benefits-related contracts, conducting legal compliance audits, and coordinating government filings on behalf of clients. She also advises clients on various laws and regulations that intersect with employee benefits, such as ERISA, IRC, HIPAA, PPACA, FMLA, and COBRA. She is a frequent author and public speaker on topics related to employee benefits such as wellness programs and health care reform.

Samantha oversees the administration of employee benefits for private and public sector entities of all sizes. Recognizing that each client's objectives and needs are unique, she helps each client develop, implement and maintain a legally compliant and competitive benefit structure that fits the particular client's business model.

Samantha also has extensive experience representing health plans, medical providers, and business associates on HIPAA compliance issues, as well as representing businesses and individuals in entity formation, governance, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters.

Samantha is a lifelong Michigan resident and graduate of Wayne State University Law School. She previously interned for the Honorable Judge Nancy G. Edmunds of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Representative Matters

Samantha has successfully helped clients navigate through numerous government and self-audits to ensure proper legal compliance with applicable federal and state laws. She has also facilitated employee benefit plan corrections to help clients mitigate legal exposure, such as through government agency voluntary correction programs.

Samantha has managed benefits enrollment and disenrollment processes on behalf of clients. She also has conducted numerous HIPAA training sessions.

Samantha has negotiated various employee benefit issues on behalf of clients, including in the context of mergers and acquisitions, collective bargaining agreements, and various third-party vendor contracts.

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Charlotte's Wings, Board of Directors 2017-present, Annual Benefit Planning Committee 2014-present, Keynote Speaker for 2018 Annual Benefit

Franklin Community Preschool, Board of Directors 2017-present

Lansing 150 History Committee, 2009

Lymphoma Research Foundation, 2002-2003

New York University Women's Varsity Soccer Team, 2000-2002

Speeches

Presenter, An Update on Wellness Program Guidance, Employee Benefits Committee of the State Bar of Michigan's Taxation Section Meeting (December 2015)

Presenter, Health Care Reform: An Overview of Taxation, Group Health Plan and Administrative Issues, Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council Meeting (October 2010)

Presenter, Health Care Reform and its Impact on Group Health Plans—The First Years, Michigan Society of Association Executives 2010 Annual Meeting (July 2010)

Publications

Author, Soaring Compliance Burdens for Wellness Programs Continue to Emerge: New Guidance Released, Michigan Tax Lawyer (Winter 2017)

Co-Author, Pay or Play Mandate: The Forgotten Employees, Michigan Tax Lawyer (Fall 2013)

Co-Author, Impact of Health Care Reform on Group Health Plans - The First Years, Newsletter of the Michigan Health Care Human Resources Association (Winter 2011)

Co-Author, Health Reform Also Amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, Greater Lansing Business Monthly (August 2010)

Author, Impact of Health Care Reform Law on Group Health Plans, Greater Lansing Business Monthly (June 2010)

Co-Author, The Latest About the COBRA Subsidy Extension, About.com—A Guide to Human Resources (February 2010)

Articles