As professionals, it is of paramount importance to use that we remain available to serve our clients while acting in the best interest of the public. Our offices remain open. However, we have taken steps to limit the number of attorneys, staff, and guests who will be physically present in the offices of the firm. As a general rule, attorneys and staff will work remotely from home and will not be holding in-person meetings in our offices. Our goal is to use social distancing to maintain safety while continuing to serve our clients. We have been preparing for this day for some time. Thanks to our amazing people, we expect to be able to provide the same level of service as before.


You can still reach your attorney or paralegal by phone, email, or videoconference. If there is a need to meet in person, we will do our best to make that happen in a way that complies with the best guidance on public health. While our immediate concern is the health and safety of our people, our clients, and the public, we have been helping clients deal with the disruption that COVID-19 is causing to their lives and businesses. That will continue to be a focus of Cline Williams as we move through these difficult days together. We know many of you are dealing with these challenges in your own organizations as well as at home. As always, we deeply value your trust, friendship and support. You can be certain that we are here to support you, your families, and our community. Stay safe, and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

(402) 474-6900

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis:

Michelle concentrates her practice on employee benefits counseling. She counsels a variety of clients, including for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and church organizations on qualified and non-qualified plans and welfare benefits arrangements. Michelle advises clients in relation to defined benefit and defined contribution pension and profit sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans, section 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans, section 125 cafeteria plans, and deferred compensation plans subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. She also advises clients on self-insured, fully-insured, and funded and unfunded welfare benefit arrangements. She assists clients with plan design and administration, fiduciary duties, disclosure requirements, and correction procedures. Michelle has experience amending and restating plans, terminating plans, applying for determination letters, and preparing submissions to voluntary correction programs. She works with clients in dealing with the U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service. She also consults with clients concerning compliance with the Affordable Care Act, COBRA continuation coverage requirements, and HIPAA portability requirements as well as other health insurance issues.

Admitted to Practice:

United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


University of Nebraska, J.D., with distinction, 2009
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, M.A., 2005
University of Nebraska, B.A., with high distinction, 2002

Other Experience/Achievements:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Voices of Hope, 2015-present
  • Leadership Lincoln Class XXVII
  • Articles Editor, Nebraska Law Review, 2007-2008