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Michael A. Novara

Michael A. Novara

Southfield, Michigan

Background: Mr. Novara devotes his practice to the many facets of Employee Benefits Law. He represents numerous Fringe Benefit Funds in both the multiemployer (Taft-Hartley) industry and Public Sector. Mr. Novara counsels Pension and Health and Welfare Funds, as well as Vacation-Holiday, Supplemental Unemployment Benefits, and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Funds. He assists Funds with plan creation, design and compliance, along with plan mergers and terminations. He has navigated both self-insured and fully-insured Health and Welfare Plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"), and assists Defined Benefit Pension Funds through all aspects of compliance with the Pension Protection Act ("PPA"), and Multiemployer Pension Reform Act ("MPRA").

Mr. Novara has significant experience with the review of both traditional, and alternative, investment management agreements, and has also handled numerous Department of Labor ("DOL") and Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") audit/investigations. He routinely represents fringe benefit funds in collection matters, and has appeared before courts in Michigan and Illinois for cases involving the IRS, DOL, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Education: Mr. Novara earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 2001 and his Juris Doctorate degree, Cum Laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2004.

Professional Affiliations: In addition to the State and Federal Courts of Michigan, he is licensed to practice law in Nevada and Washington, D.C. as well. Mr. Novara is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), the Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Macomb and Oakland County Bar Associations.

Speaking Engagements:

Speaker and Moderator: International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), April 2014 Health Care Management Conference, Orlando, FL. (Topic: HRA/HSA rules and the PPACA).

Speaker: International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) Webinar, June 2014 (Topic: HRA/HSA rules and the PPACA).

Speaker: Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) 2014 Annual Meeting & Trade Show, Detroit, MI (Topic: PPACA compliance, counting covered employees).

Speaker: Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, 56th Legislative Conference. March 11, 2015, Lansing, MI (Topic: Updates on the MPRA and PPACA Cadillac Tax).

Areas of Practice

  • Employee Benefits Law