Liz Deckman

Liz Deckman




Liz has designed and implemented all types of tax-qualified retirement plans and trusts, including Section 401(k), profit sharing, money purchase, employee stock ownership (ESOP), cash balance, and defined benefit plans. Liz also drafts and implements health and welfare plans and advises employers on related issues, such as COBRA, health care reform, and fiduciary issues. She also works with deferred compensation and equity plans and IRC Section 409A.

Liz's work covers issues such as: the effect of new laws on plans, nondiscriminatory coverage and contribution requirements, limitations on benefits, plan defect-correction programs, plan terminations, and early-retirement window benefits. She also assists clients in the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Education & Admissions

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1989), Fulbright Scholar

Lawrence University (B.A., 1985), magna cum laude


  • Washington

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Seminar Playback: Annual Forum on Employer Retirement Plans
Seminar Playback: Fourth Annual Forum on Employee Health and Welfare Benefits
NAFE Conference: Moderate Sessions on Association Health Plans and H/W Ask the Experts, San Diego, CA
Western Pension Benefits Council Seattle Spring Seminar: Retirement Committee Best Practices
Seminar Playback: Third Annual Forum on Employer Sponsored Benefits
Western Pension Benefits Council Seattle Chapter Meeting: Disability Claims Procedures
Webinar Playback: Employee Benefits – Limiting Risks and Exposure
Seminar Playback: Second Annual Forum on Employer Sponsored Benefits
Seminar Playback: First Annual Forum on Employer Sponsored Benefits
Seminar Playback: The DOL’s New Definition of Fiduciary: What Does It Mean to Your Business, Your Plan and You?

Select Presentations

  • “Association Health Plans – The Good (New Guidance), the Complicated (State Regulation), and the Unchanged (MEWAs),” Minnesota State Board of CLEs, September 12, 2018
  • ACA Reporting: Preparing for 2016 Deadlines,” Dorsey & Whitney Client Presentation, July 13, 2015
  • “Health Care Reform Part II,” 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar, Seattle, September 13, 2011
  • “Overview of Health Care Reform,” 27th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar: Health Care Reform and You, Seattle, September 28, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform: What Hospitality and Lodging Businesses Need to Know," Spokane Hotel/Motel Association and the Washington Lodging Association, Spokane, Washington, June 22, 2010
  • “Health Care Reform: What Small Businesses Need to Know Now,” Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue, Washington, May 27, 2010

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Macalester College Parent Council, 2016-2019
  • Board of Directors, 2011-present; Governing Board – President, 2019-2020; Governing Board – President-Elect, 2018-2019; Past President – Seattle Chapter, 2017-2018; President – Seattle Chapter, 2015-2017; President-Elect, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Chair of Spring Seminar, 2013 – Western Pension & Benefits Council
  • Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, 2014-2018


  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Employee Benefits Law by Best Lawyers, 2013-2020
Liz Deckman