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Markle, Thomas J.

Partner

Phone: 260-423-8837
Fax: 260-423-8920
Email: tjm@barrettlaw.com

PROFILE

PRACTICE AREA

  • ERISA and IRC compliance, health, disability, cafeteria, and educational assistance plans, COBRA, HIPAA portability and nondiscrimination rules.
  • ERISA litigation, including benefit claim litigation, fiduciary litigation, benefit discrimination litigation and subrogation litigation 
  • Admitted to practice before the Indiana state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and multiple federal district courts throughout the United States 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Has testified as an expert witness on various ERISA issues (QDROs, QMSCOs, ERISA jurisdiction, health plan issues) in state and federal courts
  • Spent several dozen hours working with highest level representatives of IRS, DOL and CMS involving compliance with HIPAA non-discrimination rules and advising clients involving wellness rules.
  • Worked with the Department of Insurance in several states involving various health plan and provider issues. 
  • Represented several dozen employers and agents in TPA/reinsurer failures, including Health and Resource Group, American Heartland, Indiana Construction Industry Trust and Meridian Benefits. 
  • Drafted and implemented Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) for multiple clients and banks/trustees. 
  • Defense of various health plan coverage lawsuits defending employers, insurers, reinsurers and third party administrators in 14 states and 6 federal appellate circuits 
  • Drafted health, cafeteria plans, HRAs, HSAs for several employers and third party administrators.
  • Pursued various reinsurers and third party administrators involved in fraudulent health plan schemes. 
  • Legal opinion involving Coordination of Benefits issue cited by Indiana Court of Appeals in published opinion (March 31, 2010, Case No.02A04-0907-CV-381)
  • Defended reinsurers and third party administrator in Lions Volunteer Blind v. AGA et. al., 195 F.3d 803(6th Cir. 1999).

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • Parkview Health Systems, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Old National Bank, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Orthopedics Northeast, Associated Surgeons and Physicians, OmniSource Corporation, City of Fort Wayne, Lake County Board of Commissioners, School Employee Benefit Trust, several dozen third party administrators, managing general underwriters, reinsurers and preferred provider organizations. 

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Frequent author and speaker on various employee benefit issues, focusing primarily on health and welfare plans issues
  • Significant 2013 Speaking Engagements:
  • ICLEF Advanced Family Law Seminar, Northeast Indiana Human Resource Association, Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Old National Bank Annual Client Seminar, Bippus State Bank Small Business Symposium, Northeast Indiana Case Managers Seminar
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2007-2015 in the field of Employee Benefits
  • Member, Allen County, Indiana and American Bar Associations

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Past President, Parkview YMCA
  • Past President, Fort Wayne Educational Foundation
  • Past President, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity

EDUCATION

  • Indiana University (B.S. with high distinction, 1982; J.D./M.S.B.A., cum laude, 1986)


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