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Margaret Adams Hunter

Margaret Adams Hunter



  • Employee Benefits
  • Automobile
  • Employment and Labor
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


Meg Hunter heads Dykema's Employee Benefits Practice and is the former Assistant Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Tax Practice Group. She focuses on the design, implementation and administration of pension plans, welfare plans, fringe benefit plans, stock compensation plans and executive compensation arrangements for publicly owned, nonprofit, private and governmental employers. She also performs compliance audits on employee benefit plans and counsels clients regarding voluntary and involuntary compliance programs sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. She works closely with automotive suppliers in the negotiation of unfunded liability securitization claims by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In addition, Ms. Hunter advises clients on employee benefit plan issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions. A significant portion of her practice involves executive compensation. She counsels both employers and compensation committees on Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1984

Virginia, 1981


Vanderbilt University, J.D. Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude
  • with distinction
Areas of Practice

Automobile | Employee Benefits | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Employment and Labor | Taxation

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Michigan State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • IRS Great Lakes Tax Exempt/Employee Plans Council - Employee Plans Liaison Member from Michigan
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP)
  • Michigan Employee Benefits Conference (MEBC)


  • 2006 - "Use of Equity Compensation in Emerging Businesses"
  • 2006 - "Hot Topics - Five 409A Issues"
  • 2005 - "Change in Control Benefit Plan Tax and ERISA Issues"
  • 2005 - "Deferred Compensation Under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 "
  • 2004 - "Future of Early Retirement Programs"
  • 2003 - "Fiduciary Duties Under Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans"
  • 2001 - "Primer on Employee Stock Options"
  • 2001 - "EGTRRA Changes to Defined Contribution, 401(k) and 457 Plans"
  • 2000 - "Is Your Severance Pay Policy Subject to ERISA?"
  • 1998 - "Negotiating Executive Contracts and Compensation"
  • 1998 - "Impact of Recent Legislation on Governmental Employee Benefit Plans"


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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