Alyssa D. Dowse


Alyssa is an attorney in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Law Practice Group. She practices in all areas of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. Her experience includes

  • Assisting administrators and fiduciaries of employee benefits plans regarding compliance with the standards of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code, and related regulations.
  • Advising clients in designing and administering qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and insured and self-insured welfare plans.
  • Counseling clients in connection with Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service correction programs.
  • Advising employee benefit plans regarding compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, including preparation of various policies, procedures, and agreements as required by HIPAA.
  • Implementing deferred compensation plans in compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Assisting clients regarding compliance with health care reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
  • Providing clients with counseling on church plan matters.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
    • Jenkins Moot Court Competition (Winner of the Ramon A. Klitzke Prize for Best Oral Advocacy). Jenkins Moot Court Competition (Winning Team). Moot Court Association, Moot Court Board (Chief Justice)
    • National Competition 2009–2010 (Outstanding Brief Award)
    • National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Marquette University Law School Team)
    • Student Bar Association (President)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., 2006)
    • Major: English and Cultural Studies
    • Certificate: Religious Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council (Member)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Volunteer Lawyer)
  • Quarles & Brady Truancy Court Project (Volunteer Lawyer)
  • St. John's Open Door Cafe (Volunteer)
  • Marquette University Law School Moot Court Program (Alumni Coach)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes (Former Committee Member)

Professional Recognition

  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2013)