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Elizabeth J. Deckman

Elizabeth Deckman has extensive business law experience, with a focus in advising companies regarding employee benefits and ERISA. She 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.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, 2011-present; President-Elect, 2014; Secretary, 2013-present; 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

Professional Recognition

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