Kara Backus' practice is exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Kara enjoys working with clients to help them better understand and solve their often complex employee benefits issues. READ MORE
She has experience with qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation issues, and the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Kara counsels clients to design and draft benefit plans, monitor compliance with new legislation, analyze regulatory guidance under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA, and to interact with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor regarding plan issues. Kara also advises clients on COBRA and HIPAA issues, fiduciary responsibility, and prohibited transaction requirements.
Outside of work, Kara enjoys reading fiction, gardening, and getting outside in rain or shine with her husband and young son.
Lane Powell PC
Bullard Law, Shareholder (2015-2021)
Jones Day, Associate (2008-2012)
Portland Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council
Oregon Retirement Savings, Board Member (2015-Present)
Oregon State Bar, Member (2011-Present)
State Bar of California, Member (2008-Present)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2020-2022)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2020-2022)
“Oregon Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters, Employee Benefits (2017-2018)
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