Misti D. Munster

Misti D. Munster: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (129 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Misti advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law. She reviews and analyzes retirement and welfare plan documents (including group health plans) and executive compensation arrangements; drafts plan documents and executive compensation agreements; and prepares summary plan descriptions and other employee communications. She helps employers correct plan compliance issues and has experience filing plan determination letters with the IRS. She regularly conducts legal research on a wide variety of benefits and compensation issues affecting public and private employers, and is developing a particular expertise in health care reform legislation.

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Biography

Misti is involved in all aspects of counseling employers on benefits and compensation matters, from assisting with overall strategy and design to the more nuts and bolts tasks of drafting and advising on day-to-day compliance matters. She regularly prepares retirement, health, and welfare plan documents and participant communications and executive compensation arrangements. She helps employers correct plan compliance issues and has experience filing plan determination letters with the IRS. Misti also advises clients on benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions and compliance with privacy and data security laws (including HIPAA, HITECH, and state laws). She has particular knowledge in health care reform legislation, benefit plans sponsored by religious employers, and multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs).

Misti understands that employee benefits and executive compensation law can be complicated. She values practical advice and using short sentences to answer complex questions. She listens carefully and provides clear advice that busy clients can follow, with attention to a client’s particular situation and culture.

A member of Verrill Dana’s Health Care Reform Compliance Team, Misti has presented numerous seminars on health care reform. In addition, Misti writes articles for the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group’s blog, www.employeebenefitsupdate.com, and is a former member of the firm’s Associate Mentoring and Training Committee.

Misti, a native of Maine, grew up in an Unorganized Territory on Moosehead Lake. She lived and worked in New York City and Hartford before settling in the Portland area.

Honors

Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Employee Benefits
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2017)

Public Service

Westbrook Comprehensive Plan Task Force
Board Member, American Heart Association

Highlights

BENEFITS BLOG
Keep up with changes and trends in benefits and compensation.

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars .

Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2017.

Events

May 16, 2014

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals 2014 Spring Seminar
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster

January 22, 2014

2014 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 23, 2013

Health Care Reform - Do I Know Everything I Really Need to Know?: Impact to Employers and Employees
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 17, 2013

MAPP 2013 Spring Seminar
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

October 25, 2011

An Update on Federal Health Care Reform
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster

September 23, 2011

Understanding the Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers
Speaking Engagements
Eric D. Altholz, Misti D. Munster

Experience

Commercial Health Insurance Product
We created and implemented an innovative health care benefit product for an association of employers creating a captive insurance company.

Comment Letter to Federal Agency
On behalf of several clients, we responded to a Request for Information from the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration regarding electronic distribution of employee benefit plan information under ERISA.

Dispute with Service Provider
Dispute regarding services provided to client by actuary relating to retirement plan design and administration.

Fast Action Leads to Successful Closing
A fast-growing supply chain services and logistics company called on Verrill Dana’s experienced attorneys when they needed to act fast to acquire multiple US and Canadian companies that became available due to a partial divestiture by a publicly traded company.

Implementation of Health Savings Account
We advised a client on implementing a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) feature.

Legacy Supply Chain Services: Acquisition of U.S. and Canadian Subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc.
Verrill Dana served as counsel to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the buyer/borrower, in its acquisition of certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc. This deal was named the 2013 Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Sector Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.

Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction
To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.

Retirement Plan Governance Structure
Best practices assessment and recommendations in relation to our client's retirement plan governance structure.

Retirement Plan Restructuring
Restructuring of retirement program, including a soft freeze and phased changes to a pension plan with corresponding new contributions and phased changes to a defined contribution plan.

Sale of Teaching/Community Hospital
Sale of 500-bed teaching/community hospital to the teaching hospital of a major university.

News

January 23, 2018

Verrill Dana Elects Six New Partners
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Emily Chi Fogler, Benjamin E. Ford, Nathaniel R. Hull, Misti D. Munster

July 12, 2016

Verrill Dana Promotes Misti Munster to Counsel
Press Releases
Misti D. Munster, Suzanne E. Meeker

March 10, 2014

Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 2, 2014

Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

November 13, 2012

Eight Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Press Releases
Seth S. Coburn, Benjamin E. Ford, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Misti D. Munster, Timothy R. Shannon

October 11, 2011

Law Firms Take to Blogging to Share Expertise
Media Mentions
Eric D. Altholz, James I. Cohen, Benjamin E. Ford, Katie M. Gray, Nora R. Healy, Misti D. Munster

June 17, 2011

The Benefits of Blogging- Verrill Dana’s Employee Benefits Blog Listed Among Top 10
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Misti D. Munster, Suzanne E. Meeker

November 6, 2009

Four Attorneys Join Verrill Dana
Press Releases
Benjamin E. Ford, Nathaniel R. Hull, Kyle T. MacDonald, Misti D. Munster

Publications

July 18, 2018

New Disability Claims Procedures Affect Retirement Plans and Deferred Compensation Plans Too
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz, Lisa Boehm, and Suzanne Meeker

June 20, 2017

PODCAST - Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Exemtption for Church Plans in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton
Published Works
Eric Altholz and Misti Munster

August 30, 2013

IRS Guidance on DOMA Decision
Alerts and Newsletters

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update
Seminar Materials

June 26, 2012

Service Provider Disclosures to Plan Fiduciaries Due by July 1
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz, Lisa Boehm, Suzanne Meeker, and Misti Munster

April 15, 2011

Expanded Form 1099 Reporting Repealed, Free Choice Vouchers Likely Next
Alerts and Newsletters
Misti Munster

March 30, 2011

Health Care Reform: One Year Later (Part 2)
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz and Misti Munster

March 23, 2011

Health Care Reform: One Year Later (Part 1)
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz and Misti Munste

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Health Care Reform Compliance Team

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4830  Phone
(207) 253-4831  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/mmunster
University Attended:
Yale University, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors; Phillips Exeter Academy
Year of First admission:
2009
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association
New England Employee Benefits Council
Maine Employee Benefits Council

ISLN:
920837410

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    4.0/5.0

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