Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA)

For more than 20 years, the Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon has protected the federal rights you are entitled to under ERISA. Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974 to protect employee benefits including: Ret… Read More

Short and Long-Term Disability

Commonly employers offer their employees short and long-term disability benefits in addition to other benefits like health insurance and life insurance. So, for example, if you become unable to work because of an illness or injury, you may be eligibl… Read More

Life Insurance

Often employers offer group life insurance to their employees. When the employee’s beneficiary makes a claim for the life insurance benefits, several issues may be discovered. There may be problems with eligibility, such as whether or not the emplo… Read More


Common issues with pension benefits include disputes about benefit amounts, disputes about a QDRO and its effect on benefit distributions, and disputes about whether a claimant is eligible and entitled to pension benefits. At the Law Office of Kather… Read More

Severance Benefits

Employees separating from an employer are commonly asked to sign severance agreements. Our employee benefits attorneys can help you navigate benefit issues involved in such agreements and ensure your interests are protected. Below is one of our recen… Read More

Health Insurance

Health benefit claims can be denied for many reasons. For example, the insurer may consider the treatment “not medically necessary” or “experimental.” When a health benefit claim is denied, you have a short time frame in which you may appeal… Read More

Estate Planning & Administration

The Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon offers comprehensive estate / incapacity planning and administration services. Our St. Paul estate planning and probate attorneys assist individuals and families throughout the Twin Cities with wills, trusts,… Read More

Civil Appeals

At the Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon, we have a great deal of expertise in the complexities of appellate procedure. Kate MacKinnon and Nicolet Lyon are dedicated to providing clients with the highest caliber representation in all phases of lit… Read More