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Julie LaVille Hamlet

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.796.2515
F 616.796.2520


Julie concentrates in employee benefits and health care law. She helps clients to navigate complex compliance challenges while furthering their business goals. Specifically, she focuses her practice on:

Employee Benefits Law

  • Assisting with the design, maintenance, and implementation of qualified retirement plans (such as 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans, and 403(b) plans) and welfare benefit plans (such as group health plans, VEBAs, MEWAs, cafeteria plans and group benefit plans) to ensure compliance with ERISA and IRS requirements.
  • Advising group health plan sponsors regarding compliance with health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA, and other relevant laws.
  • Facilitating the correction of benefit plan operational errors under formal IRS and DOL correction programs.
  • Providing guidance to employers regarding benefit plan administration issues, including the review of QDROs and EDROs, analysis of benefit coverage issues, and nondiscrimination testing.

Health Care Law

  • Advising healthcare providers on a wide range of regulatory issues, including fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA and other privacy laws, and Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in mathematics, Julie earned a full tuition scholarship to Saint Louis University School of Law. While in law school, Julie served as the managing editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, completed a judicial externship with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and interned with the United States Attorney's Office in St. Louis. Julie graduated summa cum laude, earning the highest overall ranking in 10 courses.

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America© 2021-2024 "One to Watch" (Health Care Law)


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Health Care Law Section
Industry & Professional Associations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Benefits Council
Community Activities
  • Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties, Board Member
  • Junior League of Grand Rapids



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Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2014, summa cum laude

University of Notre Dame, B.S., 2010, cum laude, Mathematics

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