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Ms. Lanyon primarily devotes her practice to labor and employee benefits law and litigation. She has represented private and public sector employers in state and federal court litigation, collective bargaining, arbitration, employee benefit plans, development of employment policies and strategies, and has represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state agencies.
A significant part of her practice involves the representation of private and public sector employers with respect to all aspects of employee benefits. Her practice includes designing, drafting, implementing and amending a wide array of tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including Code 401(k) plans, Code 403(b) plans, Code 457 plans, and Code 414(h) governmental "pick-up" plans. Ms. Lanyon has also assisted employers in developing non-qualified deferred compensation plans, as well as incentive and phantom stock bonus programs, including compliance with Code 409A. She has also advised employers with respect to fiduciary obligations and reporting and disclosure requirements under ERISA and the Michigan Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act. Ms. Lanyon has advised employers in connection with multi-employer pension plans and multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability. She has represented plan sponsors before the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC).
Ms. Lanyon has assisted employers with COBRA compliance, as well as drafting and designing cafeteria plans, flexible benefit plans, HSA and HRA arrangements. She has also assisted employers in assuring compliance with the coverage, privacy and security requirements of HIPAA. She has also designed early retirement incentive programs. She has also represented clients before the IRS and provided advice as to tax qualification of life insurance and annuity products and the use of these products in traditional and Roth IRAs.
Ms. Lanyon has represented employers in state and federal court employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employment-related litigation. She has also engaged in collective bargaining and represented employers in grievance arbitration. She has represented employers before the Michigan and U.S. Departments of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights and various other administrative agencies.
She has worked with employers to address issues arising in connection with the discipline and discharge of employees, including concerns under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the Michigan Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Whistleblowers Protection Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Constitutional concerns. She has advised employers in the preparation of employee handbooks and related policies and the development of paid time-off and attendance programs.
Ms. Lanyon has particular expertise in Federal and state wage and hour laws. She has advised employers concerning numerous issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Michigan Wage and Fringe Benefit Act and has represented employers in audits by the U.S. and Michigan Departments of Labor pertaining to wage and hour matters. She is also the co-author of the chapter of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education treatise, Employment Law in Michigan, concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act and Michigan Wage and Fringe Benefit Act.
U.S District Courts
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Michigan
Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Law School: University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With high distinction
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member, Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt/Governmental Entities (TE/GE) Council
Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan, Past President
Women?s Bar Association, past president
State Bar of Michigan, Labor Law and Employment Law and Taxation sections
American Bar Association, Labor Law and Employment Law sections
Oakland County Bar Association, Past Chair; Employee Benefits Committee
Michigan Council of School Attorneys
Walsh College, former adjunct faculty member, Masters in Taxation program, (qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans)
Mediator, Oakland County Circuit Court (Labor and Employment panel)
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
The Best Lawyers in America, 2013, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment
Michigan Super Lawyer, Business Edition, Law & Politics for Employee Benefits/ERISA (2012)
Michigan Super Lawyer, Law & Politics, Employee Benefits/ERISA (2011, 2012, 2013) and previously for Employment Litigation-Defense
Top Lawyers in 2010, dbusiness magazine
AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
"Code 403(b) and 457(b) Programs and the New Pension Plus Plan", Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference
"Making the Right Choices Under the 2010 Health Care Reform Act: Fitting Together All the Moving Pieces", Institute of Continuing Legal Education
"Managing Retirement Plans in Today's Economy ' Risks and Opportunities", Institute of Continuing Legal Education
"National Trends and Emerging Issues Affecting all State Workers' Compensation Laws", National ABA Conference
"COBRA Update," Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
"Compensation and Tax Issues," Michigan School Business Officials Business Manager/CPA Workshop
"Cost-Saving Alternatives for Employee and Retiree Health Benefits," Institute of Continuing Legal Education
"Employee Benefits Update," Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies
"Employee Manuals and More," Troy Chamber of Commerce
"Overtime Issues: The Fair Labor Standards Act & Michigan Wages and Fringe Benefits Act," Michigan Negotiators Association
"Qualified Plan Options and Limits," Michigan Association of School Administrators 2012 Midwinter Conference
"Strategies-Dealing With the Campus Sexual Offender," National Association of College and University Attorneys
Frequent lecturer to employer groups
Moderator, "Life & Death: Planning to Remove the IRS Lien on Your Retirement Assets," Oakland County Bar Association Estates and Trust and Employee Benefits Committees