Lynn McGuire

Lynn McGuire is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1997), where she was a Student Note Editor for the Journal of College and University Law, and received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan - Dearborn (B.A., with Distinction, 1993).

Ms. McGuire concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits law. She regularly works with defined benefit pension plans, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) retirement plans, insured and self-insured group health plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement arrangements, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, qualified transportation fringe benefits, on-site clinics, wellness programs, employee assistance programs, group life insurance, STD, LTD, opt-out cash benefits, pre-tax premiums, tuition assistance benefits, vacation trusts, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Ms. McGuire is a frequent speaker on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requirements (Health Care Reform). She has a wealth of experience in advising employers and other fiduciaries on fiduciary "best practices," as well as ERISA and tax compliance. Ms. McGuire negotiates all types of plan service provider contracts, including investment agreements for separate segregated funds and pooled investment vehicles. She regularly drafts a variety of benefit plan-related documents, including plans, summary plan descriptions, policies and procedures, plan amendments, required notices, IRS determination letter applications, QDRO determinations, and QMCSO determinations. Ms. McGuire has significant experience representing clients in Department of Labor audits and investigations. Over the years, she has represented a countless number of clients in IRS employee plan compliance resolution system filings and IRS determination letter applications. Ms. McGuire provides strategic counsel on mergers, plant closings, benefit plan termination, and withdrawal liability associated with multiemployer fringe benefit funds.

Before joining Butzel Long, Lynn McGuire was a partner in a private practice, providing services to various fiduciaries including fringe benefit fund sponsors and Boards. She managed complex civil litigation matters, including ERISA-based fiduciary liability claims, prohibited transactions, and pension investment litigation.

Lynn McGuire was named to the 2014 and 2017-2021 list of peer-voted "Top Lawyers" by dBusiness magazine. She has also earned a Certificate in Global Benefits Management and a Certificate of Achievement in Canadian Benefit Plans from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Ms. McGuire is admitted to practice in the States of Ohio and Michigan. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bars of Michigan and Ohio, the Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Managers, and previously served on the Board of the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

Speaking Engagements

"Employee Benefits Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions," State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section, September 19, 2017

Published Works

"Rules Change for Wellness Programs." Employee Benefit Plan Review, Volume 71, Number 3, September 2016, pages 7-8


  • Notre Dame Law School 1997, J.D.
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn 1993, B.A. with distinction


DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Employee Benefits Law, 2014, 2017-2021

Certificate in Global Benefits Management (International Foundation Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans)

Certificate of Achievement in Canadian Benefit Plans (International Foundation Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans)

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits, 2017 & 2018

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2018-2021


  • Michigan
  • Ohio


State Bar of Michigan

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Washtenaw Area Council for Children - Board Member

The Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resources

Butzel Long Womens Leadership Committee


  • RFP Preparation
  • Prepared RFP for investment consultant search for 9 qualified retirement plans sponsored by major tier one auto supplier with over $600 million in assets; participated in interview and selection process and negotiated investment consultant contract
  • Handled all legal planning and compliance work to spin-off $60 million portion of 401(k) plan to separate 401(k) plan
  • Prepared Investment Policy Statement for 401(k) plan for tier one automotive supplier
  • Negotiated investment manager contracts for pension plan assets
  • Provided strategic advice and analysis for publicly traded Fortune 500 company on approach to managing multiemployer pension funds in endangered or critical status and withdrawal liability risks for more than 100 multiemployer pension funds
  • Negotiated complex administrative service and outsourcing agreement for group of large related 401(k) plans
  • Restructured and re-drafted plan and summary plan description documents, changing to wrap document format with multiple attachments providing tiered welfare benefits for large tier one auto supplier
  • Prepared timelines and provided compliance guidance and required documents for merger of several retirement plans, to achieve cost savings
  • Advised on large multistate welfare plan’s contracts for administering and/or insuring medical, prescription drug, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance program
  • Performed compliance review of plan language for group of five 401(k) plans and four pension plans, prepared amendments to adopt required provisions
  • Representation of investment adviser for formation of hedge fund of funds.
  • Assisted tier one auto supplier in the termination of retirement plans following plant closing, affecting unionized and salaried employees; analyzed legal issues involving ongoing retiree welfare obligations, assisted with reporting and disclosure


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