Edward Leeds
Edward Leeds

Edward I. Leeds


Tel 215.864.8419
Fax 215.864.9387

Edward I. Leeds concentrates on issues relating to the design, administration, and taxation of health and other welfare benefits plans. Mr. Leeds represents employers in the negotiation and drafting of contracts with insurers, third-party administrators, and other vendors in documenting and communicating welfare benefits plans, and in complying with applicable state and federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, HITECH, COBRA, cafeteria-plan requirements, and the rules applicable to government benefits programs, such as Medicare.

Mr. Leeds also counsels employers on the introduction of paperless technologies to the administration of their benefits arrangements, the provision of benefits to domestic partners, the introduction of wellness initiatives, and health and welfare issues that arise in corporate transactions, litigation, and collective bargaining.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment: benefits and compensation law, 2008-2013

The Best Lawyers in America, employee benefits (ERISA) law, 2009-2014


Co-author, "New Guidance Under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Provides Welcome Flexibility," Employee Benefit News, August 11, 2011

Mr. Leeds has written numerous Ballard Spahr legal alerts on health care and employee benefits/executive compensation, including these most recent alerts:

Co-author, "IRS Issues Guidance on Health FSAs," April 3, 2014

Co-author, "Agencies Propose Regulations on the 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement," March 20, 2013 

"IRS Publishes Guidance on Health Insurer Fees," March 8, 2013 

"Agencies Issue New FAQs on Affordable Care Act Issues," February 26, 2013

Co-author, "Federal Agencies Issue Additional FAQs on Various Provisions under the Affordable Care Act," January 29, 2013

Co-author, "Final Regulations Address Privacy and Security of Health Information," January 25, 2013

Co-author, "IRS Releases Further Guidance on Employer Health Care Coverage Mandate and Penalties," January 7, 2013

Co-author, "Government Agencies Provide Guidance on Taxes and Fees under the Affordable Care Act," January 4, 2013

Co-author, "Guidance Issued on Essential Health Benefits and Other Individual and Small Group Market Reforms," November 29, 2012

Co-author, "Proposed Regulations Address Discrimination in Wellness Programs," November 27, 2012

Co-author, "Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on When Employees Must Be Allowed To Enroll in Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act Provisions," September 6, 2012

Co-author, "Coming Soon: MLR Rebate Checks for Insured Group Health Plans," July 18, 2012

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional," June 28, 2012

Co-author, "IRS Issues Guidance on $2,500 Health FSA Contribution Limit," May 31, 2012

Co-author, "New Guidance on Summaries of Benefits and Coverage," May 16, 2012

Co-author, "IRS Notices Address Significant Issues under the Affordable Care Act," May 2, 2012

Co-author, "IRS Issues Guidance on Fees Employers Must Pay To Fund Patient Research Institute," April 20, 2012

"Added Guidance on Summaries of Benefits and Coverage," March 21, 2012

Co-author, "Data Breach Leads to First HITECH Enforcement Settlement," March 19, 2012

Co-author, "HHS Releases FAQs on Essential Health Benefits," February 27, 2012

"Final Regulations Address Summary of Benefits and Coverage," February 14, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Leeds lectures frequently on health and welfare benefits topics. He has conducted one- and two-day seminars on health and welfare plans for lawyers and benefits professionals and written articles on various subjects.

Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, cum laude)

Haverford College (B.A. 1980)