With an academic background in economics, math, and accounting, I began my career working with employee benefit plans in 1994 as a defined contribution plan recordkeeper. While I enjoyed working with numbers, my curiosity about the underlying rules for administering employee benefit plans prompted me to pursue a law degree. While continuing to work full time, I attended law school classes at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and earned my Juris Doctor in 2003 with a Labor and Employment Law Certificate.
I began my legal career working at a small boutique employee benefits law firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This experience and my further experience working at a Big 4 accounting firm and a large international law firm gave me the opportunity to sharpen my skills in the employee benefits/ERISA practice area.
After twenty-five years focusing mainly on employee benefits and ERISA compliance, I made the decision to branch out and start my own practice. Having my own practice gives me the opportunity to provide services to individuals and smaller employers at reasonable rates. I am able to focus on helping my clients while doing the work I enjoy!
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2004||08/23/2021|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2003||06/05/2021|
|Principal||The Law Office Of Michelle Kauppila, LLC.||2019 - Present|
|Associate||Greenberg & Trauaig, LLC.||2008 - 2017|
|Junior Associate||Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP.||2006 - 2008|
|Associate||Stevenso, Keppelman & Associates||2004 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||Lamer Muchin Law Firm||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|Kane County Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|AFPPA Benefits Council of Chicago||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||2004 - Present|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|DePaul University||MA - Masters||1996|
|University of Michigan||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|AFPPA Benefits Council of Chicago - Quarterly Meeting||Form 5500 - Informational Panel||2018|
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