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Margaret Adams Hunter Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1984
  • Virginia, 1981

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


Vanderbilt University, J.D.

Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude

  • with distinction

Meg Hunter heads Dykema's Employee Benefits Practice and is the former Assistant Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Tax Practice Group. She focuses on the design, implementation and administration of pension plans, welfare plans, fringe benefit plans, stock compensation plans and executive compensation arrangements for publicly owned, nonprofit, private and governmental employers. She also performs compliance audits on employee benefit plans and counsels clients regarding voluntary and involuntary compliance programs sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. She works closely with automotive suppliers in the negotiation of unfunded liability securitization claims by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In addition, Ms. Hunter advises clients on employee benefit plan issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions. A significant portion of her practice involves executive compensation. She counsels both employers and compensation committees on Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Clients quoted in Chambers USA 2021 noted Ms. Hunter “is an outstanding lawyer in the employee benefits area; she is smart, organized and very knowledgeable."

Memberships & Involvement

  • Michigan State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP)
  • IRS Great Lakes Tax Exempt/Employee Plans Council, Emerita Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee
  • Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce Membership Products Advisory Committee, Past Chairperson
  • Duke University Alumni Admissions Committee of Detroit
  • Duke University Alumni Club of Detroit, Past President
  • Christ Church Cranbrook Episcopal Church, Chancellor

Named a Leading Lawyer in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Law by Chambers USA, 2020-2021

Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law by Best Lawyers In America® 2011

Named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Michigan, 2010

Named a Leading Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2006-2019

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits (ERISA) and Executive Compensation, 2009-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Employee Benefits Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2006-2013, 2015-Present

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Employee Benefits Law, 2010-2011 and 2014-2018

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell