Benjamin J. Conley
Partner, Employee Benefits, Seyfarth
Ben counsels clients on qualified retirement plans, health andwelfare plans, and executive compensation. He regularly advises clients ondefined benefit and defined contribution plan compliance, including correctionsfor plan operational errors.
Ben assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments,and participant communications. He also advises clients on health & welfareplan compliance, including medical and dental plans, cafeteria plans, flexiblespending accounts and dependent care spending accounts. Ben counsels clients onplan design decisions relating to COBRA, HIPAA privacy regulations, and healthcare reform legislation.
Ben serves onthe Advisory Board of the Health Care Reform Center & Policy Institute, anewly formed national “think tank” made up of the nation’s leading lawyers,consultants, government representatives and state insurance agents to influencethe development of new rules and regulations under Health Care Reform. Ben is amember of the firm's Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team oflawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients.Ben started closely following health care reform well before it was passed intolaw. He regularly consults with governmental agencies on health care reform developmentsand has submitted comments on health care reform interim regulations on behalfof clients. Ben has presented extensively on health care reform and what itmeans for businesses, including leading the Healthcare Reform CertificationProgram offered by the Employer Healthcare Congress.
Ben alsoserves on the Steering Committee for the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network -Chicago Western Suburbs. He has written articles concerning health care reformlegislation, employer wellness programs, fiduciary responsibilities, claimsreview procedures and retiree medical benefits. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Benwas a lead articles editor for the Washington & Lee University Law Review.