Dorsey & Whitney Hires ERISA Attorney

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP has named Elizabeth Deckman partner in the benefits and compensation group of its Seattle office.

Deckman’s practice focuses on advising companies regarding employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She has designed and implemented all types of tax-qualified retirement plans and trusts, including 401(k), profit sharing, money purchase, employee stock ownership (ESOP), cash balance and defined benefit plans. She also drafts and implements health and welfare plans, and advises plan sponsors on related issues, such as COBRA, HIPPA, health care reform and fiduciary issues. She also works with deferred compensation plans and Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.

Deckman was previously a partner at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Before joining Davis Wright, she was in private practice with two major West Coast-based law firms and was a principal with Mercer Consulting.

She holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Lawrence University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Deckman is president-elect of the Seattle chapter of the Western Pension and Benefits Council, where she has been a board member since 2011.