Mike MacLean has been advising employers and fiduciaries on employee benefit and executive compensation design, strategy and compliance matters for over 25 years. Mike has significant experience helping companies and executives design and implement executive and incentive compensation arrangements, including deferred compensation, equity incentive, and severance/retention programs.
Mike counsels, defends, trains and shares knowledge on topics including:
  • Deferred compensation arrangements and executive incentive plans
  • Section 409A and other tax implications for deferred compensation plans
  • Executive employment agreements and other employment matters
  • Health and welfare plan compliance and administration
  • Consumer-driven health plans and health savings accounts
  • Wellness programs and employer on-site health clinics
  • Affordable Care Act compliance and reporting
  • COBRA compliance
  • HIPAA privacy and security rule compliance for group health plans
  • Benefits issues for tax-exempt employers
  • Employee benefits issues in corporate transactions
  • Multiemployer pension fund bargaining and withdrawal liability
  • Severance plans and workforce reductions
  • Americans With Disabilities Act compliance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act compliance


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. Michael S. Kanne, 1990-1991


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Indiana Law Journal (senior managing editor) (1990)

Purdue University
B.S. (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • FMLA Master Class Seminar
    BLR Publishers, February 2018
  • The DOL Fiduciary Rule — What Plan Sponsors and Advisors Need to Know
    Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis, October 2017
  • Fiduciary Training Seminar
    Multiple clients, 2017
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Training Seminar
    Multiple clients, 2017
  • FMLA/ADA Issues for Employee Benefit Lawyers
    August 2016
  • EEOC's Mixed Signals on Wellness Programs and Other HR Developments
    MJ Insurance, April 2016
  • A Look at Employee Benefits Arbitration Under ERISA
    Indiana Benefits Conference, March 2016
  • Recent Developments Under the ADA and FMLA
    Gregory & Appel Insurance, February 2016
  • The Affordable Care Act — Where Should We Be Now?
    Indiana Community Action Association, August 2015
  • Corporate Wellness Update — What Can You Do, What Can't You Do
    Multiple clients, July 2015
  • Affordable Care Act and HIPAA — Changes on the Horizon
    Multiple clients, 2015
  • Top 10 Employee Benefits Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
    Indiana Chamber Employment Law Seminar, March 2014
  • Myths and Truths About the Affordable Care Act
    15th Annual Vincennes University Wills, Trusts and Ethics Institute
  • Legal Issues for Employee Wellness Programs Under the New ACA Rules
    IBJ's Healthiest Employers, August 2013
  • Health Care Reform — Will You Be Ready?
    Ohio Valley Chapter Club Managers Association of America
  • Health Care Reform — Issues for Governmental Employers
    Indiana Associations of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Seminar
  • Health Care Reform — Implementation Issues for Employers
    ICLEF, May 2013
  • Health Care Reform — Preparing for 2014
    Indiana Benefits Conference, March 2013

Firm Blog Contributions

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

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • International Violin Competition of Indianapolis — Board Member


  • Best Lawyers®— Employee Benefits/ERISA Law, 2013-24 (Lawyer of the Year - Employee Benefits/ERISA Law, 2023); ERISA Litigation, 2013-24 (Lawyer of the Year - ERISA Litigation, 2019, 2023)
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