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Lauren B. Dunn

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8324
F 517.371.8200


One of the highest priorities of any business enterprise is attracting and retaining excellent, productive employees. Employee benefit programs are critical in the fierce battle for talent. The Foster Swift Employee Benefits practice group advises taxable and tax-exempt nongovernmental and governmental employers of all sizes regarding a wide range of employee benefit matters, including ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance matters, the design and implementation of employee benefit programs, and fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction matters.

Lauren provides leading edge counsel to clients regarding the tax considerations and compliance requirements relating to employee benefits programs. She works with both private and public employers to structure retirement and welfare benefit plans and programs that work for their unique needs and business philosophies.

Lauren received her juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, where she spent two years as a member of the Wayne Law Review; and her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University.


Memberships & Affiliations

Impression 5 Science Center,  Board of Directors


Representative Matters

Employee Benefits Law

  • analyzing and advising employers on prohibited transaction and fiduciary duty issues
  • drafting plan documents, including amendments, summary plan descriptions and qualified domestic relations order
  • advising employers on employee benefit plan implementations, terminations and plan mergers
  • advising employers on employee benefits issues that arise in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions
  • advising employers on matters related to international employee benefits planning, including the taxation of employee benefit plans pursuant to tax treaties

Health Care Reform Law and Welfare Benefits

  • advising employers on matters related to health care reform compliance, including the employer mandate rules, small group market insurance reforms and medical reimbursement plan implications
  • analyzing and conducting self-insured health plan, cafeteria plan and dependent care assistance plan nondiscrimination testing
  • drafting cafeteria plan and other welfare benefit plan documents
  • analyzing the impact of Windsor on the definition of spouse in welfare benefit programs



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News & Events


Speaking Engagements

  • Obamacare and You, Great Lakes Paralegal Association, August 27, 2014
  • Understanding Self-Funded Health Insurance (Panelist), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, July 25, 2014
  • Health Care Reform, MSGA Chicken Coop, March 18, 2014
  • Health Care Reform – An Update, NALS, March 1, 2014
  • Health Care Reform – An Overview from an Employer's Perspective, Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, December 9, 2013
  • Health Care Reform – An Overview, Jackson Area Estate Planning Council, November 13, 2013

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Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2010

Western Michigan University, B.A., English & Philosophy (Minor in Latin), 2007, magna cum laude

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