About Bethany

Bethany Bacci provides legal services to clients of all sizes on a wide array of federal tax and ERISA matters relating to employee benefits. Her practice encompasses tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, health and welfare arrangements and executive employee agreements. In an evolving regulatory environment, Bethany 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 programs. Bethany also advises plan benefit committees on their fiduciary obligations, plan governance and participant communications. She has handled numerous plan mergers and frequently advises on issues related to the benefit plan implications of corporate transactions.

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 & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation), 2020–2023
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), 2013–2024
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Multnomah Bar Association, 2023
  • 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 & 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, Pet Peace of Mind, 2019
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Post-COVID Health and Welfare Plan 2024 Update,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, November 2023
  • “Confused About Federal COVID-19 Emergencies Ending? You’re Not Alone,” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, May 2023
  • “Ending Emergencies and New Transparency: Employee Health Benefits Update,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, April 2023
  • “Paid Family Leave Laws,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2023
  • “Is Any Pandemic Relief Still Available for Employee Benefit Plans?” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, November 2022
  • “Charming the Snake: Administering the COBRA Premium Subsidy,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, May 2021
  • “Happy New Employee Benefits Year: Stimulus Relief for 2021,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, January 2021
  • “Webinar: Employee Benefits COVID-19 and COBRA Update,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, May 2020
  • “Employee Benefits in the Time of COVID-19: Impact of FFCRA and the CARES Act,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, April 2020
  • “Legal & Regulatory Update for Retirement Plans,” WP&BC Portland Seminar, March 2020
  • “2019 Legal & Legislative Update for Retirement Plans,” International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists Pacific Northwest Chapter webinar, November 2019
  • “Breakout Session: Employee Benefits,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, February 2019
  • “Safe at Sea: Employee Benefits and Wellness Plans,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, February 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, September 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, February 2016
  • “The Affordable Care Act: Employer Update,” OSB Health Law, November 2015
  • “Health Care Reform Q&A,” WP&BC Health and Welfare Seminar, November 2015
  • Presenter, Regence Employer Health Summit, September 2015, 2014
  • “Health Care Reform: Version 2.0,” Stoel Rives Seminar, May 2014
  • “Health Care Reform Forum,” North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce, September 2013
  • “Health Care Reform for Employers: Now What?” Lorman Education Services, August 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, December 2012

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