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Thomas Hughes has over 30 years of experience practicing in employee benefits.  He has been involved in the design, drafting and compliance of retirement, health and welfare and deferred compensation programs.  He helps clients with pension, profit sharing, 401(k) and employee stock ownership (ESOP) plans.  He also assists with health and welfare programs (both insured and self-insured), including health reimbursement and health savings accounts.

Tom frequently serves as a Neutral on employee benefit matters in family law cases.  He has been retained by attorneys, accountants and insurers for his expertise on complex benefit issues, including fiduciary liability, funding and administrative problems.

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Health Law
  • Business Law and Transactions

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Rated “AV” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1985
  • United States District Court, District of MN, 1985
  • United States Tax Court, 1985

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • MSBA Employee Benefits & Family Law Sections
  • ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans


  • J.D., University of Minnesota, 1985
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1981



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