Honors & Recognitions

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominee, 2009


St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2004 cum laude

Calvin College, B.A., Communication, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Mindi M. Johnson
T: 616.726.2252
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Mindi M. Johnson

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T: 616.726.2252
F: 616.726.2299

Some of the most important and complicated questions and challenges employers face in today's highly regulated environment relate to employee benefit plans. From determining the impact of the Health Care Reform law on current health and welfare plans, to ensuring ERISA compliance for retirement plans, it's critical that employers understand the issues in order to mitigate risks and to attract and retain talented workers.

With a business-minded approach, and a service-oriented delivery, Mindi helps clients navigate challenges and solve problems in the areas of employee benefits law and health care law. Specifically, the types of matters Mindi handles for her clients include:

Employee Benefits Law

  • Advising taxable and tax-exempt non-governmental employers and governmental employers regarding federal and state deferred compensation and welfare benefits law, including matters related to fiduciary standards and ERISA compliance
  • Implementing strategic changes to qualified retirement plans (such as 401(k) Plans and ESOPs) and welfare benefits plans (such as group health plans, Cafeteria Plans and Group Benefit Plans)
  • Responding to the IRS and DOL when issues arise related to plan corrections and prohibited transactions
  • Providing legal compliance reviews and audits of corporate benefit packages
  • Assisting with benefit plan administration, including preparation of QDROs, distribution materials and nondiscrimination testing

Health Care Reform (PPACA)

  • Developing strategic plans for implementing benefit packages that comply with PPACA mandates (and employers' budgets)
  • Providing guidance on administrative challenges, including reporting requirements, determination of measurement and stability periods and transitional issues
  • Navigating challenges posed by both the Employer Mandate and Individual Mandate
  • Assisting with PPACA compliance reviews and audit preparation

Health Care Law

  • Advising health care providers on various legal issues, including fraud & abuse, regulatory, licensing, compliance, billing, Medicare/Medicaid and HIPAA
  • Assisting with health care facility mergers and acquisitions

Mindi has spoken and written extensively on employee benefits, health care reform, and health care law topics, and is actively involved in a number of legal, professional and industry organizations focused on these issues.  Additionally, she leads the firm's Employee Benefits Group.

Outside of work, Mindi enjoys spending time with her family. When she's not running after her two young boys, Mindi runs for recreation and sport. She's completed half marathons and 25 kilometer races, and looks forward to tackling new running challenges and longer distances. She is also an avid traveler, and likes visiting locales - such as the U.S. Virgin Islands - that provide sharp contrast to the "joys of winter" in Michigan.


Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Issues for the Medical Professional, Health Care Financial Management Association's Western Michigan Chapter, September 16, 2015
  • Legal Consideration for the Treatment of Minors, Kent County Dental Society, March 11, 2015
  • Employee Benefits Basics from 401(k) to PPACA", Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association Great Lakes Trade Expo, January 26, 2015
  • What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Health Care Reform, Grand Rapids Bar Association Family Law Section, October 22, 2014
  • Health Care Reform Developments and Strategy, West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Human Resource Managers, April 9, 2014
  • Second Stage ESOP Transactions, Michigan Chapter of The ESOP Association, March 28, 2014

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Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Health Care Law Section
    • Taxation Section
  • Substantive Law Committee Member
    • Provider's Subcommittee
  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Fraud & Abuse
    • Long Term Care, Senior Housing, In-Home Care and Rehabilitation practice groups
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 
    • Health Law Section
    • Taxation Section
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Member of MBA @ Calvin Leadership Team, Co-Chair
  • Michigan Jaycees, Past Legal Counsel
  • Business Network International (BNI), Advantage Chapter, Past President
  • Calvin College Alumni Association
  • ESOP Association
  • National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO)
Community Activities:
  • Girls on the Run, Board of Directors