Cynthia Y. Lee



In a rapidly changing legal and regulatory environment, Cynthia Lee guides employers on employee benefits matters, with a focus on welfare benefits issues.

Welfare Benefit Plans

Cynthia counsels employers and third-party administrators on the design and implementation of welfare benefit plans, including:

  • Wellness programs
  • Retiree medical plans
  • Disability plans
  • Consumer-driven health care plans such as health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)

Cynthia guides clients on how to comply with HIPAA's privacy and security rules, COBRA, ERISA, state insurance laws and the Internal Revenue Code. She also advises on the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, coverage and reporting requirements.

Retirement Plans

Cynthia helps employers with issues related to their retirement plans, including the special employee benefits rules applicable to plans sponsored by tax-exempt, church and tribal employers, such as 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities.

Benefits in M&A

During company mergers and acquisitions, Cynthia advises clients on how to handle employee benefits matters such as controlled group, withdrawal liability and COBRA issues.

Previous Experience

Cynthia began her legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Corporate Wellness Update — What Can You Do? What Can't You Do?
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2016
  • Affordable Care Act and HIPAA: 2015 Changes on the Horizon
    Bloomberg BNA Webinar, July 2014

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association — Women's Committee Co-Founder
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Employee Benefits Section
  • Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy — Inductee, 2013

Civic Activities

  • Minnesota Opera — Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest — Bulldogs on the Lakes Program Mentor, 2007-present

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee


  • Hennepin County Bar Association—Excellence Award, 2019 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19
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