William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas, B.A. 

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  • Minnesota 
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Steve Brunn is a member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor section, as well as the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. Steve practices principally in the areas of:

  • Qualified retirement plan design, administration, compliance and counseling
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation plan design, drafting and compliance with Code Section 409A
  • Equity compensation strategies involving stock options, employee stock purchase plans and restricted stock
  • Health and welfare benefit plan design, including FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs, and compliance with HIPAA, ERISA and state law requirements
  • Employee communications and disclosure requirements
  • Fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and ERISA claims
  • Corporate transactions and providing ongoing post-closing advice and counseling

Steve has more than 18 years of employee benefit experience, once working in-house for employers in the administration of employee benefit plans and also with two local trust companies. His experience prior to joining Briggs provides a practical approach for addressing client concerns.

As part of his practice, Steve has assisted employers in all areas of ERISA compliance for retirement, top-hat, health and welfare benefit plans, including reporting, disclosure, fiduciary, funding and nondiscrimination requirements. He has represented employers before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding DOL examinations, prohibited transaction exemption requests, the Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program and the Delinquent Filers Voluntary Program. In addition, he has assisted employers with obtaining church plan rulings under ERISA.

While in law school, Steve was a member of the international law moot court team.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers


Professional Affiliations

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Insurance for Members Committee, Member

American Bar Association, Member


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Steve contributes to Minnesota Employer, Briggs and Morgan's Employment, Benefits and Labor blog intended to provide practical employment law information concerning federal and state employment laws for Minnesota employers. Posts discuss employment issues, litigation, legislation and other matters that have an impact on employers.