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Instructors for EBIA seminar courses will vary by location. Our panel of 2018 seminar instructors includes:

  • Jeff Belfiglio. Jeff is an attorney and a Partner in the Bellevue, Washington office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focusing his practice in the employee benefits field. Jeff received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1982, and was awarded the Order of the Coif. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Cafeteria Plans manual.
  • Howard D. Bye-Torre. Howard is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle. He has practiced employee benefits law for more than 25 years. He serves on the editorial board of the ABA’s The Health Lawyer and is a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He is a former editor and contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual, and is currently a contributing author of EBIA’s Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates and Employee Benefits for Domestic Partners manuals and a contributor to EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manual.
  • Melanie K. Curtice. Melanie is an attorney and a Partner with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. She received her J.D. degree in 1998 from Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, and was executive articles editor of the Seattle University Law Review. Melanie is a contributor to EBIA’s Consumer-Driven Health Care manual.
  • Aline G. Haffner. Ali is an attorney and Senior Consultant, EBIA Learning, at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ali practiced law for 15 years in the employee benefits field, with a leading Connecticut law firm and as in-house employee benefits counsel to a Fortune 50, multinational corporation. She received her J.D. degree from Cornell Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Ali is a former editor and contributing author of EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans and HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual.
  • Andrew Ky Haynes. Andy is an attorney and a Shareholder and Director of Haynes Benefits PC in Kansas City, Missouri. Andy practices primarily in the area of employee benefits, representing private and governmental plans, tax-exempt organizations and service providers. He has served as Chairman of the Missouri Bar Employee Benefits Committee and the Missouri Department of Insurance Liaison Committee. Andy received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1982, where he was Research Editor of the Emory Law Journal. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security and Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates manuals.
  • John R. Hickman. John is an attorney and a Partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta and is head of its Health Benefits Group. He is a member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White 2011), and serves as chair of the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee. John received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1989. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Cafeteria Plans, Consumer-Driven Health Care, and Health Care Reform manuals, and a contributor to EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual.
  • Darcy L. Hitesman. Darcy is an attorney and a Principal Shareholder and Director of Hitesman & Wold P.A. in Minneapolis. She is a frequent speaker to legal and non-legal audiences on welfare benefit plan issues. Darcy received her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude in 1987 and graduated summa cum laude from Coe College in Iowa in 1984. Darcy serves on the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee. She is a contributing author of EBIA’s ERISA Compliance manual, and a contributor to EBIA’s Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates and EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manuals.
  • Jason P. Lacey. Jason is an attorney and partner with Foulston Siefkin LLP in Wichita, Kansas. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employee Benefits Law and is member of the American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. Jason received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 2000 and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2001. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans and Health Care Reform manuals and EBIA’s Form 1094/1095 Workbook for Employers and Advisors.
  • Gita K. Sharma. Gita is an attorney and an EBIA Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Gita practiced law for 15 years in the employee benefits field in the New York/New Jersey area. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers Business School. Gita received her J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and her LL.M. from New York University School of Law. She is the editor and a contributing author of EBIA’s Health Care Reform manual.
  • Deirdre C. Thomas. Deirdre is an attorney and EBIA Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters. Before joining Thomson Reuters in 2011, Deirdre practiced employee benefits law for 13 years, advising employers on ERISA and tax compliance matters for all types of benefit plans. She received her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1992. Deirdre is the editor and a contributing author of EBIA’s ERISA Compliance manual and EBIA’s Form 5500 Workbook for Health & Welfare Plans.

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