Bethany A. Bacci

Bethany A. Bacci

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Bethany

Bethany counsels public and private employers on employee benefit program compliance and design. This includes qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, fringe benefit programs, and executive compensation arrangements. In an evolving regulatory environment, Bethany partners with clients to stay on top of legal developments and current industry trends, such as pension derisking and self-funding health benefits. She represents plan sponsors in devising, negotiating, and implementing changes to employee benefit programs to address tax qualification issues, align plan design with business objectives, and mitigate risk through use of the IRS and Department of Labor correction procedures. Bethany has extensive experience assisting clients in corporate transactions with identifying potential liabilities, analyzing opportunities for synergy and creating employee communication strategies. She regularly handles plan spinoffs and mergers.

When not focusing on her benefits practice, Bethany serves as a member of Stoel Rives’ Pro Bono Committee and represents pro bono clients on a variety of issues through the Stoel Rives night clinic run in partnership with Multnomah County Legal Aid. She previously won the firm’s pro bono award in recognition of her service.

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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), 2013-2019
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM (Employee Benefits-ERISA), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2009-2011
  • Board of Directors, president, 2012-2013; other board positions, 2007-2012 and 2013-2015; Western Pension and Benefits Council, Portland Chapter
  • Member, Oregon Health Dialogue Planning Committee, 2014
  • Member, Tax Section and Health Care Law Section, American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, 2005-present; President, 2009-2012
  • Board of Directors, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 2015-present; Secretary, 2017-present
  • Board of Directors, Parkwood Foundation, 2017-present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Safe at Sea: Employee Benefits and Wellness Plans,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2018
  • “Employee Benefits Law Update,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • “Understanding Your Health Plan Reporting Requirements,” Technology Association of Oregon Webinar, Sept. 2016
  • “Privacy in the Workplace; Handling Employee Medical Information and Personal Data,” Stoel Rives Seminar, April 2016 
  • “Employee Benefits Law Update,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2016
  • “2015 Year In Review, 2016 Cases to Watch,” International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists Pacific Northwest Chapter Program, Feb. 2016
  • “The Affordable Care Act: Employer Update,” OSB Health Law, Nov. 2015
  • “Health Care Reform Q&A,” WP&BC Health and Welfare Seminar, Nov. 2015
  • Presenter, Regence Employer Health Summit, Sept. 2015, 2014 
  • “Health Care Reform: Version 2.0,” Stoel Rives Seminar, May 2014
  • “Health Care Reform Forum,” North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 2013
  • “Health Care Reform for Employers: Now What?,” Lorman Education Services, Aug. 2013
  • “GAME CHANGE 2014: Are You and Your Employees Ready?,” Stoel Rives LLP, May 2013
  • “Updated Health Care Reform Guidance, Including Play or Pay: How to Prepare Your Business,” Oregon Petroleum Association, March 2013
  • Panelist, “ACA & Employers: What They Need To Know,” State of Reform Oregon Health Policy Conference, Dec. 2012



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