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Tonie Bitseff counsels employers and benefit industry professionals regarding employee benefits and compensation. She closely follows and advises her clients on health care reform and taxation of health and welfare plans and benefits.

What do you focus on?

I work collaboratively with employers and their benefits staff and advisors to address compliance challenges, provide critical benefits and control costs. My role is different for each client. For some clients I serve as general trust counsel; for others I provide targeted advice directed at specific problems. My role almost always is to help navigate and untie the intricate web of knots created by state, local and federal regulation so that employers can afford to provide benefits that deliver value to their employees.

What do you see on the horizon?

Changing workplace demographics and a very new approach to government regulation and mandates will force employers to look beyond benchmarking when attracting and retaining workers. Understanding employee needs and values will require a deeper appreciation for the employer’s role in maintaining the individual employee’s productivity and in providing for our elderly, disabled and sick.

Prior Experience

Tonie was the co-founder of Marin Legal APC, a boutique employment and benefits firm. She also led the health and welfare plan practice of Thelen LLP.


Supreme Court will decide whether strict tracing rule limits ERISA fiduciaries' ability to sue for recovery of benefit overpayments
Benefits Law Alert | April 1, 2015

San Francisco legislation aims to integrate with national health care reform and phases out use of HRAs
Benefits Law Alert | August 8, 2014

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San Francisco authorizes use of HRAs to satisfy HCSO spending requirement
Benefits Alert | December 31, 2013

Webinar Recording: Navigating Health Care Reform and San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance in 2014
Originally recorded September 24, 2013 | September 30, 2013

DOMA is (mostly) done. What U.S. v. Windsor means for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 28, 2013

New York City Council enacts mandatory paid sick leave bill
Employment Law Alert | May 23, 2013

What employers with self-funded health plans need to know about the new HIPAA/HITECH Act Omnibus Rule
Benefits Alert | March 20, 2013

Webinar Recording: Health Care Reform: Employer Compliance and Strategies
Originally recorded February 14, 2013 | February 19, 2013

Prompt action required by employers on health care reform: IRS issues "play or pay" regulations
Benefits Alert | January 16, 2013

Webinar Recording: Collective Bargaining for Health Benefits in Today's Legal Environment
Originally recorded August 8, 2012 | August 9, 2012

Webinar Recording: Steps Employers Need to Take Now to Implement Health Care Reform
Originally recorded July 25, 2012 | July 30, 2012

A Look Forward and Behind: The History of the Supreme Court's Decision on ACA
Radio interview, The Best Policy with Jim McCabe | July 14, 2012

Health care reform: the effect on employers after the Supreme Court decision
Benefits Alert | June 29, 2012

Webinar Recording: Supreme Court Health Care Reform decision: What now?
June 29, 2012

Good news for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Benefits Alert | June 1, 2012

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