Mia Butzbaugh


Mia Butzbaugh is the team leader of the firm’s employee benefits group. She has more than ten years of experience in the benefits field and works closely with collectively bargained multiemployer trusts, as well as public and private employers, on a variety of issues related to qualified deferred compensation and health and welfare plans. Mia counsels clients about all aspects of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance including fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and exemptions thereto, IRS and DOL investigations, withdrawal liability, plan administration and design, corrections under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program, anti-cutback rules, benefit claims and appeals, and reporting and disclosure requirements. Mia also prepares plan documents, negotiates service provider contracts, reviews investment subscription documents, and advises clients about compliance with HIPAA privacy and portability, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare Secondary Payer.

Mia was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.

Before joining the firm, Mia was a fellow of Echoing Green, a foundation that awards start-up funds to social-change entrepreneurs. In that capacity, she cofounded Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides legal services to low-wage and immigrant workers.


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude
  • M.S.I., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan, phi beta kappa

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