Michael R. Daum

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Michael R. Daum


Michael R. Daum counsels employee benefit plans with regard to a variety of legal issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  Mike advises Plan Sponsors on drafting and amending plan documents, fiduciary responsibilities, and prohibited transactions, and has negotiated extensive side letter agreements with hedge funds and other large investment firms in connection with Plan investments. In addition, Mike has experience with audits and investigations initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and steps a Plan can take to reduce a potentially large penalty.

In law school, Mike served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Davis W. McKeague, Judge for the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.  In addition, Mike was a Notes Editor for the Michigan State Law Review and a member of his school’s arbitration team, competing in national competition.

Born in Auburn, New York and a graduate of Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, Mike is the former public address announcer for Saint John Fisher college athletics, and enjoys sports, movies, and eating at restaurants.



  • How Gross Takes the Teeth out of a Proposal for an Employment-Status Discrimination Cause of Action, BNA DAILY LABOR REPORT, 199 DLR I-1, 10/14/2011.
  • Defending ERISA Fiduciaries Against Claims of Failure to Diversify in a World of Multi-Manager Investments, BNA PENSION & BENEFITS DAILY, 147 PBD, 08/03/2010.
  • Defending Trustees Against Failure to Diversify Claims, BENEFITS & COMPENSATION DIGEST, Vol. 47, No. 12, December 2010.
  • Intelligent Defense: A Call for Federal Regulation of Mixed Martial Arts, 21 SETON HALL JOURNAL OF SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW 247(August 2011).



American Bar Association (Labor & Employment, Taxation, and Young Lawyers Sections), New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.