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William Ecklund specializes in the areas of Employee Benefits Law and Risk Management, and represents many jointly administered multiemployer plans covering pension, health and welfare, apprenticeship and vacation and holiday funds. He has represented associations of employers and single employers in the formation of 501(c)(9) trusts for the self-funding of employee benefit programs, the formation of captive insurance companies and in handling other specialized risk management issues.

William has also formed and represents trade associations of employers, especially in the construction industry. He is the founder and first chair of the Employee Benefits Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

William formed the first collectively bargained workers compensation program in the State of Minnesota which is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. He is also a specialist in the area of withdrawal liability, especially in the construction industry.

William has served as an arbitrator under arbitration rules sponsored by the American Arbitration Association in withdrawal liability disputes between plans and withdrawing employers. He has also represented many employers in withdrawal liability disputes with pension plans and served as a professional trustee to multiemployer plans.

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits Law and Risk Management
    • Multiemployer Plan Representation
    • Employer Association Representation
    • Employer Trade Association Representation
    • Pension Plans
    • Health and Welfare Plans
    • Apprenticeship Plans
    • Vacation and Holiday Funds
    • 501(c) (9) Trust Formation

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

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

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Michigan

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Fellow
  • Employee Benefits Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, Founder, First Chair and Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Minnesota State Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Carleton College


William has spoken before many groups and presented more than 100 seminars and conferences on ERISA compliance and employee benefits law matters over the past thirty-five years.


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