Ryan helps employee benefit plans, trustees, and administrators comply with important federal laws including ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
Ryan drafts legally compliant and enforceable plan documents, agreements, notices and other policies and procedures; assists with IRS and Department of Labor audit defense and IRS plan corrections; and helps in reviewing benefit claims and negotiating and drafting contractual arrangements with professional service providers and other vendors.
As a litigator, Ryan has defended plans in benefit disputes, pursued plan participants who improperly received and retained benefits, and pursued investment managers who engaged in prohibited transactions and breached their fiduciary duty. He has also represented Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans to collect unpaid employee benefit contributions and withdrawal liability.
Before he went to law school, Ryan was a senior legislative analyst and performance auditor with the Arizona Office of the Auditor General. While there, he oversaw several audits of state agencies.
ERISA and Employee Benefits
Employment and Labor Relations
Health Care Litigation and Regulation
Private Client & Wealth Preservation
Trusts & Estates
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