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

Guiding Employers on Health Reform

Maureen helps employers make sense of health care reform and their options, 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 employers’ options for joining a private exchange
  • Revising or terminating existing retiree medical plans, due to the availability of insurance exchanges for coverage
  • Advising on collective bargaining obligations and language to address ACA contingencies
  • Advising on ACA compliance for nontraditional workforces

Maureen also advises health insurers on the impact of HIPAA on their insurance exchange participation.

Managing HIPAA Privacy and Security

Maureen works to help clients stay HIPAA compliant and manage related issues, including:

  • 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

International Health and Welfare Contracts

Internationally, Maureen advises large, multinational/international corporations on:

  • Administration and compliance for global medical programs and expatriate plans
  • Coordinating issues between global and U.S. medical plan
  • Negotiating contracts with health and welfare providers in Canada


Bar Admissions



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

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

Case Western Reserve University
B.S. 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

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 (Lawyer of the Year - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020)
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-22
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
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