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Arthur T. Phillips
Attorney
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5382
Fax: (414) 223-5000


Higher Education Law
Arthur Phillips is a shareholder and leader of the Higher Education Law Team. He is also a member of WHD’s Human Resources Law Practice Group (Employee Benefits Team).

Building on his prior experience as senior associate general counsel with Marquette University, Arthur has advised clients on many issues affecting institutions of higher education, including strategic contract negotiations, trademark and technology licensing agreements, governmental relations, record retention, crisis preparedness and communication, Form 990 reporting compliance, and other regulatory compliance-related matters. In addition, he has counseled in the area of Enterprise Risk Management, including environmental health and safety, internal audit and insurance. Arthur has also worked with college and universities in addressing the legal implications relating to their religiously affiliated missions.

Arthur's diverse experience in benefits and compensation law includes advising clients through IRS and DOL compliance and correction matters. He has interfaced directly with employees, investment managers, trust officers, insurance providers, insurance brokers and third-party administrators relating to the selection, negotiation, communication and implementation of employee benefit programs. He has also counseled and presented seminars on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), fiduciary and plan governance and other current regulatory issues affecting employers.

Arthur began his career with two of the “Big 4” accounting firms as an employee benefits and tax consultant.

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1990; Member, Marquette Law Review
  • University of Notre Dame - BBA, Accountancy, 1987
  • Marquette University Leadership & Management Institute - Certificate, 2005
  • University of Miami - Certificate, Strategic Human Resource Management, 1998

Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Representative Work

  • Providing counsel and guidance on campus-wide transactional matters, including negotiating complex contracts and resolving contract disputes.
  • Advising senior administration on policy matters and policy development.
  • Providing advice and support regarding real property transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, and leasing.
  • Advising and supporting senior administration with the vast array of student activities on campus.
  • Providing advice and support relating to trademark protection and licensing program.
  • Designing and implementing 403(b) retirement plans, 457(b) and (f) deferred compensation arrangements.
  • Challenging local property tax exemption decisions.
  • Pursuing state government funding requests.

Professional Associations

  • Council on Law in Higher Education
  • Member, Diverse Partners Network
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Commissioner, Milwaukee County Civil Service Commission
  • Member, Marquette Law School Aumni Board
  • Member, Marquette University - Law Alumni Board Diversity Recruitment Committee
  • Director, Legacy Redevelopment Corporation
  • Corporate Secretary, Milwaukee Tennis Classic

Articles and Presentations

  • IRS Issues College and University Compliance Report - A Prelude to Enforcement Activities, WHD On Campus Higher Education Law Newsletter, May 2013
  • Don’t Take the Summer Off! Plan Now for the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Adjunct Faculty and Employees Not Working During the Summer, WHD On Campus Higher Education Law Newsletter, April 2013
  • Campus Student Health Center Providers Must Exercise Care Before Disclosing Threats of Violence, WHD On Campus Higher Education Law Newsletter, February 2013
  • Health Care Reform Through the Lens of an Employer: A Perspective on Post-Election Implications, presenter, WHD Milwaukee Annual Human Resources Conference, December 4, 2012
  • The Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know Now, presenter, WHD Employee Benefits Seminar, October 4, 2012
  • I'm a Fiduciary, Get Me Out of Here!, presenter, WHD Madison Annual Human Resources Law Conference, April 17, 2012
  • Third-party Plan Administrators Must Be Selected—and Monitored—With Care; Failure to do so may violate plan fiduciary obligations, WHD On Campus Higher Education Law Newsletter, September 2012
  • Third-party Plan Administrators Must Be Selected—and Monitored—With Care; Failure to do so may violate ERISA fiduciary obligations, WHD Fiduciary Counsel Newsletter, September 2012
  • Tussey v. ABB, Inc.—A Case Study in Breach in ERISA Fiduciary Duty, WHD Fiduciary Counsel Newsletter, June 2012
  • I'm a Fiduciary, Get Me Out of Here!, presenter, WHD Milwaukee Annual Human Resources Law Conference, October 25, 2011
  • College and Universities May Voluntarily Reclassify Workers as Employees Under New IRS Settlement Program, WHD On Campus Higher Education Law Newsletter, October 2011
  • An Update on Employer Retirement Plan Fiduciary Responsibilities, presenter, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Joint Fiduciary Seminar, August 18, 2011
  • Why Business Owners Need to Look Ahead and Plan for the Future - The Healthcare Reform Act, presenter, US Bank Seminar, February 23, 2011
  • What Every Business Should Know About Healthcare Reform, American Health Lawyers Association, October 14, 2010
  • Yet Another Stopgap: COBRA Extension Presents Administrative Challenges (Expect More), Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Special Report, May 2010
  • New Guidance on Health Plan Coverage for Adult Children, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Special Report, May 2010
  • Constant Change: COBRA Subsidy Extended/New Self-Reporting Obligations, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Special Report, January 2010
  • Health Plan Compliance – Plan Amendments Could be the Prescription, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Workplace Newsletter, Summer 2009
  • Fiduciary Update, presenter, 4th Annual Employee Benefits Update, Wisconsin State Bar, August 21, 2008
  • The New Form 990 for 2008: Prepare Now, File Later, Spotlight: Credit Union Law Newsletter, Spring 2008
  • Employment and Civil Rights Law Panel, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, New York, November 5, 2007
  • Diversity in the Workplace – A Look Ahead, presenter, WHD Annual Human Resources Law Conference, October 18, 2007
  • Pension Protection Act of 2006 Update, presenter, 3rd Annual Employee Benefits Update, Wisconsin State Bar, August 21, 2007
  • IRS Announces Relief to Schools and Teachers, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Special Report, August 2007
  • Electronic Communications: HR and Benefits Administrators May Improve Efficiency under IRS Final Reg, Whyte Hirsboeck Dudek Workplace Newsletter, Summer 2007
  • Long-Awaited Final 409A Regulations Published, HRMA Resource, April 25, 2007