Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2004
Michigan State University, B.A., 2001
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court
- Eastern District of Michigan
Michael Novara serves as Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer. He has devoted his career to the many facets of Employee Benefits Law.
Michael represents numerous Fringe Benefit Funds throughout the country in the multiemployer (Taft-Hartley) industry. He counsels Pension and Health and Welfare Funds, as well as Vacation-Holiday, Supplemental Unemployment Benefits, and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Funds.
He assists Funds with plan creation, design and compliance, along with plan mergers and terminations, and has navigated both self-insured and fully insured Health and Welfare Plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He also assists Defined Benefit Pension Funds through all aspects of compliance with the Pension Protection Act (PPA), Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA), and alternative plan design options.
Michael also has significant experience with the review of both traditional, and alternative, investment management agreements, and has handled numerous Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit/investigations.
He routinely represents fringe benefit funds in collection matters, and has appeared before courts in Michigan and Illinois for cases involving the IRS, DOL, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Michael speaks throughout the country on a wide array of ERISA topics.
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Macomb County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
News & Events
He regularly authors various articles to clients regarding issues pertinent to the operation of their funds. In addition, he has contributed to the Michigan Building Tradesman and was a co-author of a recent training course for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans designed to educate trustees, administrators, and other plan professionals on the delivery of health care both pre and post the passage of the PPACA. He has also authored educational pieces for both union and management trustees covering their fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA.
Speaker: Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, February 2017; Topic: Primer on Trustee Fiduciary Duties
Speaker: Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, 57th Legislative Conference, March 9, 2016, Lansing, MI; Topic: PPA/MPRA and PPACA Updates
Speaker: West Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association, February 2016; Topic: ACA Workshop
Speaker: Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, December 2015; Topic: Primer on Trustee Fiduciary Duties
Speaker: Architectural Contractors Trade Association of Michigan (ACTA), December 2015; Topic: PPACA
Moderator: IFEBP Annual Conference, November 2015, Honolulu, HI; Topic: Navigating ACA – What Attorneys Need to Know
Speaker: Mechanical Contractors Association of Ohio (MCA) Fall Update, November 2015; Topic: PPACA
Speaker: Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, 56th Legislative Conference, March 11, 2015
Speaker: IFEBP Webinar, June 2014; Topic: HRA/HSA Options under the Affordable Care Act
Speaker and Moderator: IFEBP Health Care Management Conference, April 2014, Orlando, FL; Topics: HRA/HSAs Options under the Affordable Care Act; Industry Strategies in the ACA Environment
Speaker: Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Annual Meeting & Trade Show, 2014; Topic: PPA/MPRA and PPACA Updates
Speaker: West Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association, November 2013; Topic: Primer on Employer Withdrawal Liability
Presenter: Mason Contractors Association’s Symposium on Withdrawal Liability, March 2013
Presenter: Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Annual Meeting & Trade Show, 2013; Topic: PPACA