R. Michael Sanchez
R. Michael Sanchez

Member

Phone: 303.299.8114

Fax: 303.298.0940

msanchez@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Zenaida Dumo
303.299.8155

Areas of Emphasis

Business and Corporate

Employee Benefits

Tax

Education

  • 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 and the Department of Labor 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
  • Admitted Colorado, 1972
  • Founder of Denver Chapter of Western Pension Benefits Conference
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyer
    Super Lawyers
    2006-2010
Publications and Presentations
  • Twenty-eight published articles on employee benefit matters
  • Made over 100 speeches to various professional groups
  • Taught dozens of professional education classes