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M. Ellen Mondress

M. Ellen Mondress

also known as Ellen Mondress

Practice areas:

Employee Benefits

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About Me

At Song Mondress we represent single employer, multiemployer, and government benefit benefit plans.  Those plans include retirement (pension, defined contribution, and 401(k)), health, cafeteria (including DCAP and FSA), education, life and disability, and executive compensation programs. 


Our clients' plans range in size from several million in assets to more than $60 billion.  Our clients range from nonprofits and governments to Fortune 50 companies. 


We assist plan fiduciaries and sponsors with all issues that impact benefit plans, including tax, fiduciary/ERISA, HIPAA/privacy, disclosure, claims for benefits, DOL and IRS audits, litigation, and technical compliance.  If a client has an issue involving an employee benefit plan or ERISA, we've likely seen it before.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Employee Benefits: 100%
    26 years

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Contact Info

Song Mondress, PLLC

720 Third Avenue Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98104



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Magna Cum Laude graduateSeattle University School of Law1986
Associate EditorLaw Review of Seattle University School of Law1984

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberSong Mondress PLLC1998 - Present
PartnerDavies Roberts & Reid1991 - 1998
N/ADeloitte & Touche1987 - 1991
Law Clerk to the Chief JusticeSupreme Court of the State of Washington1986 - 1987

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
DOL assessment of $200,000 penalty against corporate conglomerate's 401(k) planDOL dropped penalty.
IRS disqualified multiemployer pension planThe IRS requalified the plan for a $1,000 penalty

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Publication NameTitleDate
International Foundation of Employee Benefits; Benefits MagazineContracting Tips for ERISA Plans2012
Western Pension & Benefits Conference401(k) Plan Changes in REsponse to Economic Turmoil2009
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans401(k) Plans in the Multiemployer Environment2006
King County Bar BulletinVarious articles for attorneys on the basics of ERISAN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Benefits Conference of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans401(k) Plans2006