R. Michael Sanchez
R. Michael Sanchez


Phone: 303.299.8114

Fax: 303.298.0940


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Legal Secretary

Zenaida Dumo

Areas of Emphasis

Business & Corporate

Employee Benefits


Executive Compensation

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  • Juris Doctor, with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1972
    • Order of the Coif
  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, 1969

Mike Sanchez is a member in Sherman & Howard who practices employee benefits, tax and healthcare law. He counsels his clients on planning and structuring employee benefits plans. Mike often serves a legal adviser to professional services entities and coordinates with other Sherman & Howard attorneys to address these clients’ diverse legal needs.

Representative Matters
  • Provides comprehensive advice to clients in structuring and administering all types of employee benefit plans
  • Provides guidance to clients on compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Assists clients with the design and implementation of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, cash balance plans, employee stock ownership plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans, severance plans, and all types of incentive arrangements
  • Advises clients regarding employee benefit matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advises clients of all sizes, including governmental employers and multiemployer plans
  • Represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) in connection with all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including with respect to audits and participation in various voluntary compliance correction programs
  • Consults with fiduciaries regarding compliance with their obligations under ERISA
  • Advises professional groups on entity selection, governance, entity agreements, and organizational matters
  • Negotiates employment and independent contractor contracts
Professional Activities


  • Colorado



  • Founder, Denver Chapter of Western Pension Benefits Conference
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (1987-2020)
  • Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
Publications and Presentations
  • Twenty-eight published articles on employee benefit matters
  • One hundred-plus speeches presented to various professional groups
  • Dozens of professional education classes taught