Tara Schulstad Sciscoe is a partner in the Employee Benefits Group of Ice Miller LLP. She advises employers, plans and trusts with respect to the design and compliance of their employee benefit programs, including their retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, health and welfare plans, severance plans, early retirement programs, executive compensation programs, tuition remission and fringe benefit plans, and phased retirement programs.

Examples of key matters:

• Advising governmental, private and tax-exempt employers with respect to Health Care Reform compliance
• Designing and implementing early retirement programs for colleges and universities
• Structuring, drafting and implementing executive compensation programs for presidents and coaches
• Working with church plans with respect to retirement and welfare plan compliance across multiple interrelated programs and across multiple states
• Advising employers regarding wellness programs, cafeteria plan compliance, health savings accounts, and defined contribution health care strategies
• Consulting with tax-exempt and educational employers on all aspects of 403(b) plan compliance

Tara graduated from Duke University in 1991 earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in psychology and political science. She earned her juris doctorate, cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan in 1994, where she was a contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Tara joined Ice Miller in 1994.

Representative Clients
  • Butler University
  • DePauw University
  • Indiana University
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Marion General Hospital
  • Nevada System of Higher Education (NV)
  • Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • SYDA Foundation
  • Taylor University
  • University of Illinois
  • Vectren Corporation
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Fairfield Mfg. Co. v. Hartman, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (N.D. Ind. 2001)
  • Eaton v. Onan Corporation, 117 F.Supp. 2d 812 (S.D. Ind. 2000).
  • Marriott Mgmt. Services Corp. v. School Employees Retirement System, Nos. 96-4191, 96-4194 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • Reilly v. Daly, 666 N.E.2d 439 (Ind. App. Ct. 1996)
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Fee litigation hits higher education," published in the Daily Herald Business Ledger, Sept. 22, 2016
  • "Covering the Kids: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Adult Child Coverage Mandate," Health Care Law Monthly, July 2011, Volume 2011, Issue No. 7
  • "Health Care Reform and its Effect on Student Health Plans," NACUANote, Spring 2011
  • "Health Care Reform and Colleges and Universities: The Initial Impact," NACUANote, Fall 2010
  • Compliance with the New 403(b) Regulations," NACUANote, Fall 2008
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Early Retirement Incentive Programs," Summer 2007, NACUA
  • "Take Control of Your Retirement Plan," November 2006, NACUBO Business Officer Magazine
  • "Rethinking Deferred Compensation Plans for Executives of Tax-Exempt Employers," Journal of Deferred Compensation, Aspen Publishers, Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring 2003
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