Paul O. Catenacci – Partner

Mr. Catenacci joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2014. Mr. Catenacci has focused the majority of his career on the representation of multiemployer employee benefit plans, with a particular emphasis on health and welfare plans. Mr. Catenacci has extensive experience with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and advises clients on the full range of issues that affect health and welfare plans, including plan design, plan drafting, appeals and appeals procedures, plan mergers, preparation of Summary Plan Descriptions, as well as general compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

Mr. Catenacci also represents various clients with respect to complex alternative investments. He regularly works with Qualified Plan Asset Managers (QPAMs), Venture Capital Operating Companies (VCOCs), Real Estate Operating Companies (REOCs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), as well as fund of funds investment vehicles employing master/feeder structures. Mr. Catenacci also has substantial experience with representing borrowers and lenders relative to construction financing, loan restructuring, and commercial lease agreements.

In addition, in connection with his representation of multiemployer plans, Mr. Catenacci routinely deals with collection matters related to fringe benefit delinquencies. He has extensive experience with not only standard delinquencies, but also collection actions involving the use of alter ego/“double-breasted” structures by signatory employers. Mr. Catenacci has litigated these matters in a variety of federal district courts, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Catenacci was employed in a national security related position where he held a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.

Education: Mr. Catenacci earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Professional Affiliations: Mr. Catenacci is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), the Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS), as well as the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Michigan State Bar. Mr. Catenacci is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, as well as the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Speaking Engagements:

Speaker & Panelist: IFEBP Institute for Apprenticeship Training and Education Programs, January 2017, San Diego, CA; Topic: Fiduciary Issues in a Training Trust, DOL Audits of Apprenticeship Programs, Open Form Panelist

Speaker: IFEBP 62nd Annual Conference, November 2016, Orlando, FL; Topic: Hard to Value Assets, Fiduciary Issues in a Training Trust

Panelist: IFEBP Trustees and Administrators Institute, June 2016, Las Vegas, NV; Topic: Hard to Value Assets, Negotiating Side Letters for Alternative Investments

Panelist & Moderator: IFEBP Trustees and Administrators Institute, February 2016, Orlando, FL; Topics: Hard to Value Assets, Negotiating Side Letters for Alternative Investments; Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Investing

Speaker: West Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association, February 2016; Topic: ACA Workshop

Speaker: Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, December 2015;
Topic: Primer on Trustee Fiduciary Duties

Speaker: Architectural Contractors Trade Association of Michigan (ACTA), December 2015; Topic: PPACA

Panelist & Roundtable Leader: IFEBP Annual Conference, November 2015, Honolulu, HI; Topics: DOL Audits; Contemporary Issues in Apprenticeship Funds

Speaker: Mechanical Contractors Association of Ohio (MCA) Fall Update,       November 2015; Topic: PPACA

Speaker: Associated General Contractors of Michigan, ACA Lunch & Learn, October 2015

Speaker: IFEBP Webinar, June 2014; Topic: HRA/HSAs Options under the Affordable Care Act

Speaker and Moderator: IFEBP Health Care Management Conference, April 2014, Orlando, FL; Topics: HRA/HSAs Options under the Affordable Care Act; Industry Strategies in the ACA Environment

Speaker: Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Annual Meeting & Trade Show, 2014; Topic: PPACA

Presenter: Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Annual Meeting & Trade Show, 2013; Topic: PPACA


Along with Michael Novara, Mr. Catenacci was a co-author of a recent training course for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans designed to educate trustees, administrators, and other plan professionals on the delivery of health care both pre and post the passage of the PPACA. Mr. Catenacci has also been a contributor to the Michigan Building Tradesman. In addition, he routinely contributes to the newsletter for the national benefit plans of the Abatement Workers Local 207. Mr. Catenacci has further authored a wide variety of educational pieces for contributing employers to health and welfare funds aimed at assisting them in preparing Forms 1094 and 1095 for those employees for which they contribute to multiemployer plans.

From time to time, Mr. Tesija, Mr. Novara and Mr. Catenacci will assign some of your Fund’s day-to-day work to the firm’s associate attorneys. As a firm specializing primarily in the areas of employee benefits and labor law, your Fund will benefit from the combined knowledge of all of our attorneys. We are committed to utilizing a team approach, as we feel this method of practicing law offers our clients the best possible representation in the most efficient and cost effective manner. The names and credentials of our associate attorneys are discussed below.

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