Tyler focuses his practice on providing advice related to qualified retirement plans, group health plans, and other benefits provided to employees under multi-employer and single-employer plans. Tyler works with clients to address their compliance with a variety of federal laws and regulatory requirements, including:

  • Internal Revenue Code
  • Taft-Hartley

Tyler began his career as an Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in its Chicago Regional Office.


  • Honoree, Super Lawyers® Great Plains Rising Star

  • Recognized by Susan G. Komen Foundation for pro bono contribution

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch,” Employment Benefits (ERISA) Law (2022 – 2024)


  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (2010)
  • UIC John Marshall Law School, LL.M. in Employee Benefits with Honors (2011)
  • Lake Forest College, B.A. (2003)


  • State - Illinois
  • State - Minnesota
  • Federal - District of Nebraska

Notable Matters

  • Counsel to multi-employer benefit plans, including self-funded welfare plans, traditional and variable annuity pension plans, defined contribution plans, vacation benefit plans, and supplemental unemployment benefit plans
  • Advises clients regarding various issues, including transactional structures that satisfy the QPAM exemption, investment considerations under the Plan Asset Regulation, employer withdrawal disputes and funding obligations, and VEBA participation limitations for non-bargaining unit employees
  • Negotiates and drafts service agreements between multi-employer benefit plans and pharmacy benefit managers, third-party administrators, investment managers, advisers and consultants, actuaries, and asset custodians
  • Represents employee benefit plans in DOL inquiries, investigations, and audits
  • Drafted a variable annuity pension plan for multi-employer pension fund
  • Author: Employee Benefits Basics, Representing the Ongoing Business Deskbook, Minnesota Business Law Series (2021)
  • Conducted audits of employee retirement and welfare plans as an Investigator for the EBSA
  • Reviewed and approved plans’ Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP) applications as a Student Investigator for the EBSA

Speeches and Publications

  • Presenter, “How Not to be a Fiduciary,” Conference of Consulting Actuaries (CCA) Enrolled Actuaries Conference (March 10, 2024).
  • Presenter, “Par for the Course: More Developments in Employee Benefits,” Teeing Up 2022 Employment and Labor Law Developments Seminar (Oct. 12, 2022).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association


  • Minnesota State Bar Association