Michael P. Monaco


E-mail | P:   (206) 398-1500 | F: (206) 398-1501 | Download bio

Michael P. Monaco


E-mail | P:   (206) 398-1500 | F: (206) 398-1501 | Download bio

Areas of Practice

ERISA and Tax Code
Fiduciary Responsibility
Multiemployer plans, withdrawal liability, and Taft-Hartley Act
Affordable Care Act
Mental Health Parity

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1995
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1996
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2013


University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D., cum laude, 1994
Hastings Law Journal, Associate Managing Editor

Stanford University
B.A. in Political Science, 1989


Mike serves as lead counsel to governmental, multiemployer, and corporate benefit plans, including pension, 401(k), health, apprenticeship, and he counsels clients on the full range of pension and welfare plan designs and issues. He provides practical advice and solutions regarding legal compliance, fiduciary responsibility, and tax-related issues. He also leads the firm’s litigation practice, including complex ERISA class actions, fiduciary breach claims, withdrawal liability issues, and collection matters.

Mike’s work includes:

  • Drafting benefit plan and trust provisions, notices, investment policies, claims procedures, and other operational documents to assist plans in complying with legal requirements under ERISA, the Tax Code, and other applicable laws
  • Counseling to ensure compliance with fiduciary responsibility in investment decisions and claims processing
  • Negotiating investment and third-party service contracts
  • Analyzing withdrawal liability issues for multiemployer plans
  • Litigation and arbitration of employee benefit claims, ERISA class actions, withdrawal liability matters, U.S. Department of Labor actions, and collections cases
  • Successful pre-litigation advocacy to obtain recovery and otherwise obtain clients’ desired results without litigation

When not at MMPL, Mike hopes that you’ll find him out somewhere on his bike.

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Wayne Brazil, U.S. Magistrate Judge for U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans