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Overview

Overview

Deborah Baughman is an attorney in our Tax, Privacy & Data Security, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, and Impact Investing & Social Enterprise practice groups.

Deborah specializes in employee benefits and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters, including the preparation, modification, and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, welfare and cafeteria plans, employment agreements, and severance agreements. She regularly advises on health care matters, COBRA, and HIPAA issues, qualified/eligible domestic relation orders (QDRO), and accomplishes plan compliance work before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. Her clients include public, private, and tax-exempt employers and businesses of every type, from new to well-established, restructuring to insolvent. Deborah also provides strategic advice regarding employee benefits issues that arise during mergers and acquisitions and counsels Michigan non-profit corporations.

Education & Admissions

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
    J.D.
  • George Washington University
    M.B.A. in Finance and Investment
  • Frostburg State University
    B.S. 
  • McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
  • Certificate in nonprofit executive management

Certifications

  • CPA, District of Columbia, inactive

Admission

  • Michigan

Affiliations

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • City of Troy Personnel Board
  • Child Safe Michigan, Executive Committee
  • Michigan Women Forward, Finance Committee
  • St. Thomas More Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society