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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


Mindi Johnson is the current leader of the firm's employee benefits practice group. She helps clients navigate challenges and solve problems in the areas of employee benefits law and health care law with a business-minded approach, and a service-oriented delivery. Specifically, the types of matters Mindi handles 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, MEWAS, Cafeteria Plans and Group Benefit Plans).
  • Facilitating employee benefit plan corrections to reduce penalties and legal exposure through formal governmental programs, such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Voluntary Correction Program and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program.
  • Responding to the IRS and DOL audits and investigations of employee benefit plans.
  • 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 

  • Developing strategic plans for implementing benefit packages that comply with mandates (and employers' budgets).
  • Providing guidance on administrative challenges, including reporting requirements, determination of measurement and stability periods penalty assessment and transitional issues.

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.

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Woman in the Law Honoree, 2018

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

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • ABA Tax Section
    • Employee Benefits Committee
    • Defined Contribution Plans Vice Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Taxation Section
      • Council Member
      • Michigan Tax Lawyer Editor
    • Health Care Law Section
  • American Bar Association 
    • Taxation Section
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • American Benefits Council
  • National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • ESOP Association
  • Michigan Women's Tax Association
  • Calvin College Alumni Association
Community Activities:
  • Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Grandville Calvin Christian Schools, Board of Directors



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News & Events


Speaking Engagements

  • Employee Benefits options for Small Employers, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE): Tax Institute, May 24, 2018
  • ESOP Association - MI Chapter: Coordinating Your Retirement Benefits: ESOP and 401(k), April 11, 2018
  • Employee Benefits-Related Tax Issues, ICLE On-Demand Tax Law Series, November 2017
  • Emerging Trend: A Defined Contribution Approach to Health Care Coverage, Lansing Economic Club, October 27, 2016
  • ESOP Administration Q+A- Get Your Questions Answered, Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference, October 20, 2016
  • ERISA Fiduciary Duties and Retirement Plan, July 21, 2016

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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

Employee Benefits: Importance of Proper Counsel
Employee Benefits: Retirement Plan Failures
Employee Benefits: Retirement Plan Issues
Employee Benefits: Cafeteria Plan