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Program Overview

Employers and their insurers (and other third-party vendors) typically work together in a harmonious fashion to provide a broad range of employee benefits to employees. However, there are numerous traps for the unwary in managing the employer-insurer relationship particularly with the increased regulatory and compliance demands on employers and insurers. It makes sense for the parties to spend time at the front end to properly set expectations and understand the needs of the employer. In doing so, potential conflicts around the following topics can be avoided and/or minimized at claim time.


Who Should Attend

  • Employee benefit plan insurers and claims administrators
  • In-house counsel responsible for employee benefits compliance and litigation
  • Internal HR and benefit managers

What You Will Learn

  • Identify potential issues that arise in relationship between insurers/employers
  • Best practices for avoiding risk and liability
  • Litigation management tips


Eric P. Mathisen

Eric P. Mathisen has represented clients in ERISA and Non-ERISA employee benefits matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has extensive experience defending a wide variety of complicated employee benefits litigation matters including class action and single plaintiff suits regarding pension, life, health, disability, COBRA continuing coverage, and retiree benefits. He also litigates non-ERISA breach of contract and bad faith claims and employment claims.

Michael Oettinger

Michael Oettinger, is a member of the Employment Law Team at Walgreens, specializing in employee benefits/ERISA and executive compensation law. Mike serves as a legal advisor to management and HR personnel in all aspects of the design, compliance and administration of compensation and benefits programs for Walgreens and its publicly-held parent, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Mike is also responsible for employment, consulting, vendor and separation agreements, and other aspects of new hire and separation arrangements. Mike provides advice and guidance on total rewards matters in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, and he also serves as the Walgreens-designated Trustee for multi-employer union pension and health plans.

Nimesh R. Patel

Nimesh R. Patel is an Assistant Vice President & Legal Counsel with Unum Group. He is a member of Business Operations Law (BusOps), a division of the Unum US Law Department, specializing in insurance and employee benefits law, including the ERISA, tax and commercial laws applicable to employer-sponsored welfare benefit plans and worksite insurance offerings. BusOps brings sophisticated technical knowledge to Unum’s marketing, product development, customer service, sales, and underwriting organizations in an effort to find solutions for our customers and the intermediaries who work on their behalf. Through the efforts of this team, Unum has been on the leading edge of newly emerging legal risks and trends.

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