April A. Goff

Senior Counsel | agoff@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2154F +1.616.222.2154 April Goff has broad experience with the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit packages with a special emphasis in health and welfare plans. Recognized for her ability to develop creative, cutting-edge benefit programs, April has the legal expertise to ensure that company policies remain compliant and fiscally sound. From initial plan drafting and qualification through plan termination, she also helps clients develop communication and... Read More

April Goff has broad experience with the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit packages with a special emphasis in health and welfare plans. Recognized for her ability to develop creative, cutting-edge benefit programs, April has the legal expertise to ensure that company policies remain compliant and fiscally sound. From initial plan drafting and qualification through plan termination, she also helps clients develop communication and education strategies for employees. April is a frequent speaker on the impact health care reform will have on group health plans.

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Experience

  • Navigates health care reform legislation on behalf of clients, proposing practical, cost-effective methods of complying with the law
  • Successfully negotiated numerous multimillion-dollar contracts and rates with plan vendors
  • Performs detailed compliance and participation benefit plan audits
  • Develops legally compliant, easily understandable plan documents and employee communications
  • Has represented plan sponsors before the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service
  • Oversees plan governance and compliance issues, manages grievances and resolves benefit claim issues
  • Advised Fortune 100 Companies on issues relating to strategic design and administration of welfare benefit plans
  • Conducted comprehensive benefit plan compliance audits
  • Designed aggressive wellness programs limiting medical expense outlay
  • Negotiated numerous third-party administrator, provider and vendor contracts
  • Developed interactive HIPAA Privacy and Security training for client workforce
  • Formulated effective corporate strategy to deal with containment of retiree health coverage costs in union and non-union context
  • Frequent speaker at seminars on health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA and GINA
  • Designed detailed claims administration procedures for Fortune 25 client greatly increasing accuracy of claims handling and limiting litigation exposure
  • Developed creative funding options for retiree healthcare expenses
  • Planned detailed ERISA fiduciary duty training
  • Counseled clients regarding state mandated health coverage, COBRA continuation, USERRA military leave and HIPAA Privacy and Security rules
  • Counseled clients on a variety of issues relating to corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs

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Practices

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law J.D. 2003 magna cum laude
  • Baylor University M.B.A. 2000
  • Tarleton State University B.A. 1998 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • Illinois
  • Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012
  • Editor-In-Chief, St. Thomas University Law Review

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Taxation Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Publications

Blog Posts

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance Board (2012-Present)
  • Women's Resources Center
    Board of Directors (2012-Present)
    Governance Committee Co-chair (2011-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Panel, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, October 2, 2014, Southfield, Michigan
  • "Communicating Employee Benefits," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Monitoring and Controlling Benefit Costs" and "What's New with HIPAA?," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "How to Find and Fix Costly Cafeteria Plan Mistakes," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "What's Next for Health Care Reform?" and "Is Your Wellness Program in Shape?," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, May 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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