Nick Welle is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Nick is the chair of Foley’s Health Benefits Practice, where he leads several attorneys focused on group health plan matters. He exclusively devotes his practice to issues impacting group health and welfare benefit plans, focusing on health care reform issues and consumer-driven health benefits. He advises his clients on matters concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA privacy, No Surprises Act, Price Transparency, COBRA, ERISA, cafeteria plans, flexible benefit plans, wellness programs, HRAs, health savings accounts, plan network design, MEWAs, association health plans, captive insurance arrangements, and other health benefit issues.
Nick works closely with plan administrators, plan sponsors (e.g., employers), PBMs, TPAs, carriers, consultants, wellness program administrators, health FSA and HRA administrators, EAP administrators, Centers of Excellence administrators, point solution companies, and other plan service providers in the health benefits space.
As part of his focus on staying at the forefront of the ongoing legislative and regulatory changes to health care reform and related benefits issues, Nick holds multiple positions with influential benefits organizations, including:
He frequently publishes and presents on legal developments impacting health plans. Nick is also routinely quoted and used as a legal expert resource on health plan issues for prominent media outlets, such as Bloomberg Law, Law360, Kaiser Health News, and others.
Nick is also the Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Pro Bono Committee and dedicates significant time to pro bono matters and community outreach. With this leadership position, he helps the Milwaukee office pursue significant pro bono opportunities and stay connected with the community on important issues.
Nick received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., magna cum laude), where he received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award. During law school, he served as a judicial intern at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Nick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., magna cum laude), where he was president of the University of Wisconsin Pre-Law Society. Nick also earned a certificate in HIPAA Compliance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
As the Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Pro Bono Committee, Nick is involved in various pro bono and community outreach matters. For example, Nick runs Milwaukee’s Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The program educates high school students from low-income families and diverse backgrounds about the law and the legal profession in general. He also hires students from the Program to become paid interns at Foley and provides mentorship as they enter college and law school.
Nick also acts as a key liaison between Foley and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee as he helps maintain a long-lasting partnership between these two organizations, assisting the Club with various needs, including backpacks for students, camp clean-up, mentoring and others.
Media Interviews and Speaking Events
Nick frequently publishes and presents on issues concerning health care reform and legal developments impacting health plans. He also provides boardroom presentations and CLE programs to clients interested in learning about the changes in the law or wanting refresher trainings on particular health plan topics. Nick is considered a valuable resource for journalists and industry publications, being interviewed and quoted on issues impacting health plans. Examples include: