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Stephanie H. Grant

Senior Counsel | Email

  • Detroit

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Biography

Stephanie Grant’s practice focuses on employee benefits with an emphasis on health and welfare benefits, including COBRA, HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act as well as wellness programs. Her experience provides an excellent platform for her speaking engagements and webinars, where she educates clients on the evolving landscape of employee benefits law. Stephanie is active in the community, specifically with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Name Change Project in Michigan where she works with area law firms to assist the transgender community in navigating the legal name change process.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2008 cum laude
  • Butler University B.S. 2005 cum laude

Admitted

  • 2008, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

  • Led the team tasked with the evaluation and creation of new active and retiree health and welfare plans pursuant to a $3 billion acquisition and took the lead on the negotiation of all service provider agreements for third party administrators for the plans.
  • Lead attorney on a project for a client with 6,000 employees and 17 affiliates that involved a major overhaul of the documentation for its active employee health and welfare benefit programs.
  • Assisted several clients with converting traditional retiree medical plans to retiree health reimbursement arrangements, including drafting appropriate documents for the new programs.
  • Successfully argued that the IRS should reduce six- and seven-figure employer shared responsibility penalties down to zero.
  • Assisted with the preparation of formal letters for dozens of adverse benefit determination appeals.
  • Reviewed and negotiated dozens of service agreements with health and welfare plan vendors, including HIPAA business associate agreements.
  • Assisted clients with union health and welfare benefit issues.
  • Conducted HIPAA privacy and security training for clients’ workforce members handling PHI under self-funded group health plans.
  • Advised on issues related to health and welfare benefits for inpatriate and expatriate employees.
  • Analyzed solutions to COBRA administrative errors and worked with clients to make corrections.
  • Prepared legal wrap benefit plan documents and summary plan descriptions for ERISA-covered health and welfare benefits.
  • Prepared cafeteria plan documents that comply with the requirements of Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Prepared trust agreements to fund certain health and welfare benefit obligations.
  • Prepared documentation for ERISA-covered onsite medical clinics and counseled employers though legal considerations related to onsite medical clinics.
  • Advised clients on legal considerations for wellness programs and worked with clients to implement a program that best fits the clients’ needs.
  • Counseled clients on issues related to non-HDHP coverage and preserving employees’ eligibility for HSA contributions.

Honors & Awards

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honors Society
  • Alpha Phi, Epsilon Beta Chapter at Butler University, Alumna Member

Community Affiliations

  • Detroit Curling Club Member

Speaking Engagements

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