Liz Deckman
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Liz Deckman

Partner
deckman.liz@dorsey.com

Overview

ELIZABETH DECKMAN HAS EXTENSIVE BUSINESS LAW EXPERIENCE, WITH A FOCUS IN ADVISING COMPANIES REGARDING EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND ERISA.

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 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, IRS determination-letter applications and 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

Admissions

  • Washington

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • 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

  • Board of Directors, 2011-present; President, 2015; 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
  • Volunteer, Endowment Committee, Ballard First Lutheran Church
  • Volunteer, Seattle Center Foundation

Accolades

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Employee Benefits Law by Best Lawyers, 2013-2019
Liz Deckman