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Employee benefits attorneys, together with their professional colleagues who provide accounting, actuarial, trust, and pension and health and welfare plan administration services, actively participate in one or more of five employee benefits study groups.

The purpose of the study groups is to share information of mutual interest in the employee benefits field, provide opportunities for networking among benefits professionals, and enhance the professionalism of the benefits community. The periodic meetings of the study groups are hosted by, and at the facilities of, members of the study groups on a rotating basis. New members are welcome.

The study groups are disclosed below with a brief description of what may distinguish one group from another and the name of one or more contact persons for each group.

  • The Original Study Group. As its recent redesignation suggests, this group comprises some of the more senior benefits practitioners in the Twin Cities. The contact person is Carolyn S. Nestingen of Briggs and Morgan, P.A., (612) 977-8579,
  • The Green Study Group. The group comprises attorneys and other employee benefits professionals who originally organized a few years later than The Original Study Group as that group reached its optimal size. It has a mixture of senior and somewhat less senior benefits professionals. The contact person is Angela M. Bohmann of Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., (612) 335-1510,
  • The Blue Study Group. This group's membership is somewhat less senior than The Original and Greeen Study groups'. The contact person is Catherine A. Rudenick of Wells Fargo & Co., (612) 667-2115,
  • The Plaid Study Group. This group welcomes practitioners of all experience levels, from beginning to very experienced. The contact person is Melinda Maher (Chair),; (612) 607-7436.
  • Flexible Flyers Study Group. The focus of this group is on the practice and services associated with health and welfare benefit plans. Represented in this group are practitioners of all levels of experience and its membership overlaps the other study groups. The contact persons are Timothy D.S. Goodman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, (612) 340-2825, and Angela M. Bohmann of Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., (612) 335-1510,






- Last Updated 08/02/2012 -

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