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Benjamin J. Conley

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5228
Fax: (312) 460-7228
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Mr. Conley is an attorney in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He focuses his practice on employee benefit plans.  Mr. Conley has experience counseling clients on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation.
 
Mr. Conley regularly advises clients on defined benefit and defined contribution plan compliance, including corrections for plan operational errors. He assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments and participant communications. He also advises clients on health & welfare plan compliance, including medical and dental plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts and dependent care spending accounts. Mr. Conley counsels clients on plan design decisions relating to COBRA, HIPAA privacy regulations and health care reform legislation.
 
Mr. Conley serves on the Advisory Board of the Health Care Reform Center & Policy Institute, a newly formed national “think tank” made up of the nation’s leading lawyers, consultants, government representatives and state insurance agents to influence the development of new rules and regulations under Health Care Reform.  Mr. Conley is a member of the firm's Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Conley started closely following health care reform well before it was passed into law. He regularly consults with governmental agencies on health care reform developments and has submitted comments on health care reform interim regulations on behalf of clients.  Mr. Conley has presented extensively on health care reform and what it means for businesses, including leading the Healthcare Reform Certification Program offered by the Employer Healthcare Congress.
 
Mr. Conley also serves on the Steering Committee for the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network - Chicago Western Suburbs.  He has written articles concerning health care reform legislation, employer wellness programs, fiduciary responsibilities, claims review procedures and retiree medical benefits.  Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Conley was a lead articles editor for the Washington & Lee University Law Review.
Mr. Conley is an attorney in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He focuses his practice on employee benefit plans.  Mr. Conley has experience counseling clients on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation.
 
Mr. Conley regularly advises clients on defined benefit and defined contribution plan compliance, including corrections for plan operational errors. He assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments and participant communications. He also advises clients on health & welfare plan compliance, including medical and dental plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts and dependent care spending accounts. Mr. Conley counsels clients on plan design decisions relating to COBRA, HIPAA privacy regulations and health care reform legislation.
 
Mr. Conley serves on the Advisory Board of the Health Care Reform Center & Policy Institute, a newly formed national “think tank” made up of the nation’s leading lawyers, consultants, government representatives and state insurance agents to influence the development of new rules and regulations under Health Care Reform.  Mr. Conley is a member of the firm's Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Conley started closely following health care reform well before it was passed into law. He regularly consults with governmental agencies on health care reform developments and has submitted comments on health care reform interim regulations on behalf of clients.  Mr. Conley has presented extensively on health care reform and what it means for businesses, including leading the Healthcare Reform Certification Program offered by the Employer Healthcare Congress.
 
Mr. Conley also serves on the Steering Committee for the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network - Chicago Western Suburbs.  He has written articles concerning health care reform legislation, employer wellness programs, fiduciary responsibilities, claims review procedures and retiree medical benefits.  Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Conley was a lead articles editor for the Washington & Lee University Law Review.

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University (2008)
    Order of the Coif
    Lead Articles Editor, Washington & Lee University Law Review; Winner of the 2007 Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition; ABA Regional Negotiations Competition Finalist
  • B.A., Miami University (2005)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • Chicago Cares
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Miami University Alumni Association
  • Near North Library Friends Association (Board Member)
  • Washington and Lee Alumni Association
     

Presentations

  • "Seyfarth's Exclusive Post-Election Webinar," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 11, 2016)
  • “Get Ready for 2016: Avoid Getting Stuck in the Mud with ACA Reporting,” Employee Benefits News and Employee Benefit Advisor Webinar (October 2015)
  • “Health Care Reform: It’s Not Going Away, So You May As Well Learn It!” St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing & Industrial Forum (September 2014)
  • “The Impact of ACA Insurance Mandates on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans,” 6th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (September 2014)
  • “Fiduciary Fundamentals for Group Health Plans,” 6th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (September 2014)
  • “The Affordable Healthcare Act for Estate Planners,” University of Kentucky College of Law Office of Continuing Legal Education 41st Annual Midwest-Midsouth Estate Planning Institute (July 2014)
  • “Wellness Programs and Health Risk Assessments: Time for Your Check-Up,” 2013 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (October/November 2013)
  • “Cafeteria Plans 101: Employer Compliance Strategies for POP, FSAs and HSAs,” 2013 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (October/November 2013)
  • “The Ins and Outs of Domestic Partner Benefits,” 2013 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (October/November 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform Update - New Guidance from HHS, DOL and IRS” Employer Healthcare Congress Webinar (December 2012)
  • “New Market Franchisee Affordable Care Act Briefing,” Regional Presentation for Client Restaurant Chain (December 2012)
  • “Preparing for Health Care Reform’s 2014 Benefits Overhaul,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar (December 2012)
  • “Post Electoral Healthcare Reform PPACA Update,” Employer Healthcare Congress Webinar (November 2012)
  • “The Election Results are In:  What the Hospitality Industry Should Expect in the Next Four Years,” Client Webinar (November 2012)
  • “Impact of the Affordable Care Act Insurance Mandates on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans (Part I),” Employer Healthcare Congress Convention (October 2012)
  • “Impact of the Affordable Care Act Insurance Mandates on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans (Part I),” Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist Webinar (September 2012)
  • “Impact of the Affordable Care Act Insurance Mandates on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans (Part II),” Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist Webinar (September 2012)
  • “Strategically Communicating with Employees about the Affordable Care Act,” Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist Webinar (September 2012)
  • “State, Federal and Private Health Exchanges:  The Future Marketplace for Health Insurance?,” Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist Webinar (September 2012)
  •  “Planning Ahead for the Affordable Care Act,” Vistage Executive Coaching Group (September 2012)
  • “Affordable Care Act Briefing,” Presented to the Franchise Advisory Council for a National Restaurant Chain (August  2012)
  • “Understanding Employee Benefit Program Changes as a Result of the Affordable Care Act,” Assurance University (August 2012)
  • “Health Care Reform:  Employer Update and Action Steps,” Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (August 2012)
  • “Health Care Reform Update:  Impact on Employers,” McGladrey Alliance Human Resources Roundtable (August 2012)
  • “Preparing for the Affordable Care Act’s Summary of Benefits & Coverage (SBC) Requirement,” The Knowledge Congress (August 2012)
  • “Health Care Reform for Employers:  The Work is Not Over Yet….,” Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (July 2012)
  • “Full Steam Ahead on Health Care Reform, “ Client Webinar (July 2012)
  • “Impact of Health Reform on Employers and Small Business Owners,” Foundation Repair Association (April 2012)
  • “Handicapping the Supreme Court on Health Care Reform,” California Chamber of Commerce (April 2012)
  • “Impact of Health Reform on Agricultural Employers and Small Business Owners,” American Farm Bureau Federation (April 2012)
  • “Healthcare Preparedness:  Getting Ready for 2014 Today,” Inland Press Association (March 2012)
  • “Healthcare Reform -- The Work is Not Over Yet,” WorldWide Employee Benefits Network (February 2012)
  • “HSAs:  Passing Fad or Wave of the Future?” Client Webinar (February 2012)
  • “Healthcare Reform - Updates & Future Outlook,” Melita Group Webinar (January 2012)
  • “Healthcare Reform Certification Workshop,” Employer Healthcare Congress (October 2011)
  • “Planning for PPACA - A Panel on Short-term and Long-term Compliance and Planning Concerns,” Employer Healthcare Congress (October 2011)
  • “Legislative Alert:  Important IL Workers’ Compensation Reform Updates and the Latest Affordable Care Act News,” Assurance University (September 2011)
  • “Opportunity to Reduce Health Care Costs,” Assurance Agency - Seyfarth Shaw Client Webinar (September 2011)
  • “Employer Healthcare Reform Disclosure Requirements: Countdown or Meltdown?” WorldWide Employee Benefits Network (August 2011)
  • “Self-Funding for Group Health Plans:  Opportunities for Employers, Considerations Under PPACA and Other Issues,” Assurance Agency - Seyfarth Shaw Client Webinar (August 2011)
  • “Health Care Reform:  Understanding Employer Obligations” Melita Group Webinar (March 2011)
  • “Affordable Care Act Implications for Governmental Plans,” ABA State and Local Government Section, Government Operations Committee (February 2011)
  • ”WEB 2010 Health & Welfare Roundup,” WorldWide Employee Benefits Network (December 2010)
  • “Benefits Strategy and Health Care Reform,” Northern Virginia Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) (November 2010)
  • “What Business Owners Must Know About the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” AHLA/PNC Bank (October 2010)
  • “Health Reform - Six Months Later,” Client Webinar (October 2010)
  • “Health Care Reform:  What it Means for Public Sector Collective Bargaining,” IPELRA Annual Conference (October 2010)
  • “Resetting the Benefits Agenda - Employer Challenges under Health Care Reform and Other Benefits Laws for Q4 2010 and 2011,” Client Breakfast Briefing (September 2010)
  • “Health Care Reform Legislation:  What it Means for Your Business,” Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce (April 2010)
  • “An Employer’s Guide to Health Reform,” Client Webinar (April 2010)
  • “Attorney Briefing on Health Care Reform Legislation,” Internal Firm Webinar (March 2010)

Publications

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