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William's practice focuses on counseling sponsors, trustees and fiduciaries of institutional pension and health benefit plans in the priviate and public sectors.  Clients include Fortune 50 and 500 corporations, state and municipal pension boards, and major Taft Hartley trust funds.  His practice addresses plan and trust design, prudence and avoidance of conflicts in asset management, and benefit administration.  His experience includes governmental audits and ruling requests, party in interest and prohibited transaction exemptions, plan mergers, plan asset/QPAM operating entities and advocacy in complex litigation.  He has had cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various federal district courts representing plans and fiduciaries.   


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 100%
    36 years

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Song Mondress, PLLC

720 Third Avenue Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers in Washington StateSeattle Business Monthly2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
Member of Board of Governors (2003-06)American College of Employee Benefits Counsel2003
Elected as FellowAmerican College of Employee Benefits Counsel2001
White House Delegate to National Summit on Retirement PolicyThe White House - President Clinton1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Legal Advisor on health care reform and ERISA impactWashington Health Services Commission1994
Legal Advisor on ERiSA PreemptionWashingon Health Care Commission1992
Member of ERISA Advisory Counsel to Secretary of Labor (1991-94)U.S. Secretary of Labor1991
Chair of Committee on Economically Targeted Investments (1994)ERISA Advisory Counsel to U.S. Secretary of Labor1991
Watson FellowshipThomas J. Watson Foundation1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, employee benefits sub-comiitteemember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Hancock LIfe Insurance Company v. Harris TrustU.S. Supreme Court imposed ERISA fiduciary responsibiltiy.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Hamilton College Law SchoolN/AOther - Bachelors1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IFEBP Annual ConferrenceFiduciary Standards1998
U.S. Department of LaborTestifying on Fiduciary Conflicts of Interest in General Account Group Annuity Contracts1997
IFEBP Annual ConferenceUpdating Fiduciary Standards for Governmental Plans1996