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Amy M. Christen

Amy M. Christen



  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Gaming & Indian Law
  • Privacy and Data Security

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.

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ABA Group

Amy M. Christen assists clients with a full range of employee benefit matters, including compliance and design of qualified retirement plans, health and other welfare plans and fringe benefit plans. As leader of the practice group’s Health and Welfare Team, Amy assists clients develop strategies to comply with the myriad of complex laws impacting employer sponsored group health plans, including the Affordable Care Act, COBRA and HIPAA Privacy and Security laws. Amy also advises clients on employee benefit concerns in mergers and acquisitions and ERISA litigation.

Before joining Dykema, Ms. Christen practiced employee benefits law for a boutique benefits firm and prior to that, a major Detroit-based law firm. She also clerked for the Ohio Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1995


University of Toledo, J.D., magna cum laude Ohio State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Gaming & Indian Law | Labor & Employment | Privacy and Data Security

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Labor and Taxation Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Employee Benefits Conference


  • 2006 - Detroit Medical Center - "ERISA Disclosure and Claims Review Procedures for Group Health Plans"
  • 2005 - "Managed Care Primer (ERISA Compliance Chapter)"
  • 2005 - Foundation For Healthy Community, Jackson County Employer Consortium - "HIPAA Non-Discrimination Rules & Bona Fide Wellness Plans"
  • 2004 - "Domestic Partner Issues for Employee Benefit Plans, Employment Group Seminar
  • 2003 - "Tax Law Updates for Retirement Plans, Marsh-Dykema Presentation"
  • 2003 - Employment Group Seminar - "COBRA and Other Welfare Benefits Update"
  • 2003 - "Fiduciary Training for 401(k) Plans, Client Presentation"
  • 2003 - "HIPAA Privacy Laws for Employers, Harbor Benefit Services"
  • 2001 - Employment Group Seminar - "New Tax Law Changes Affecting Employee Benefits"
  • 1997-1998 COBRA Compliance, Toledo Ohio Employers Association


The Ins and Outs of the Income Tax Deadline Extension—Which Returns, Deadlines Are Affected, and Which Aren’t?
Dykema, April 2021

On March 17, 2021, the IRS published IR-2021-59, postponing the deadline for filing individual income tax returns and payment of individual income taxes from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. On March 29, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-21, further clarifying the postponement of Federal income tax reporting and payment deadlines...

How Does The American Rescue Plan Affect Welfare Benefit Plans?
Dykema, March 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) on March 11, 2021. The Act provides COBRA premium subsidies, increases the tax-exclusion amount for employer-sponsored dependent care assistance programs and expands who may be eligible to receive premium tax credits for marketplace coverage. This alert explains how these provisions may impact your welfare benefit plans. Please contact your Dykema benefits attorney to explore the new provisions in greater depth...

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Congress Adds a Few Tax Surprises to Its Rescue Package
Dykema, March 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Pub. L. No. 117-2 (the “ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, by President Biden, contains a few unexpected tax surprises...

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