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Maureen M. Maly



An employee benefits lawyer, Maureen Maly helps employers. insurers and service providers design cost-effective health and welfare programs, while minimizing legal risks and administrative complications. She develops an understanding of the client's history, structure and strategy — and strives to exceed expectations of high-quality, practical, efficient and responsive employee benefits counsel.

Guiding Clients on Health Plan Compliance

Maureen helps employers and administrators make sense of the myriad of health plan compliance and administrative issues, with a particular focus on self-funded plans, including:

  • Advising on reporting and disclosure obligations, compliance obligations and potential penalties, including advising on essential health benefits, actuarial value and other insurance market reforms
  • Determining how ACA's "pay or play" penalties may affect an employer’s workforce
  • Evaluating options for joining a private exchange
  • Revising or terminating existing retiree medical plans and deploying assets in overfunded VEBAs
  • Advising on collective bargaining obligations and language to address ACA contingencies
  • Advising on ACA compliance for nontraditional workforces
  • She also regularly counsels clients on the evolving requirements related to wellness programs, consumer-driven health plan, transparency, and mental health parity, among others.

Privacy and Security Compliance

Maureen works to help clients stay compliant with HIPAA and other privacy and cybersecurity rules and to manage related issues, including:

  • Advising insurance companies regarding privacy obligations for new coverage types, including critical illness, hospital indemnity and travel
  • Assisting with privacy and security breach incidents
  • Designing and implementing HIPAA training programs
  • Negotiating business associate contracts
  • Drafting detailed HIPAA privacy and security compliance policies and procedures


Bar Admissions



Washington University School of Law
J.D. Order of the Coif (1992)

Case Western Reserve University
B.A. in English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1989)

Case Western Reserve University
B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1989)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Corporate Wellness Update — What Can You Do? What Can’t You Do?
    Co-presenter with Chuck Knapp, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2015
  • HIPAA Audits and Business Associate Agreements
    Co-presenter, 35th Annual Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, Minneapolis, February 2015
  • Affordab le Care Act and HIPAA: 2015 Changes on the Horizon
    BBNA Webinar, July 2014
  • Health Care Reform: What It Means for People with ALS
    ALS Association Webinar, September 2013
  • The Doctor Is In — Understanding and Complying With the Affordable Care Act; Creating Change or Preserving the Status Quos
    FaegreBD Franchise & Distribution Corporate Counsel Forum, Minneapolis, September 2013
  • Health Care Reform — Getting Ready for 2014
    Co-presenter with Nicole O. Fallon, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Large Employer Panel, June 2013
  • HIPAA Audits
    33rd Annual Advanced Employee Benefit Workshop, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 2013

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra — Board Member, 2017-2020
  • Minnesota Sinfonia — Board Member, 2013-16
  • Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange —Technical Advisory Group on Governance, 2012-13

Firm Leadership

  • Deputy Leader, Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group, 2020-present 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Leader, Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, 2012-20


  • Best Lawyers® Employee Benefits Law, 2014-22; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2023-24 (Lawyer of the Year - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020)
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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