Wayne State University Law School, LL.M. 2010
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1999
University of Michigan, B.A. 1996
U.S. Tax Court
Kenneth Sachs has extensive experience with employee benefits and executive compensation business planning.
He specializes in the design, implementation and administration of all types of retirement plans, both tax-qualified and non tax-qualified; welfare plans; medical plans, both self-funded and insured, and every other type of benefit provided to employees including insurance, disability, adoption assistance and more. Ken also helps companies draft agreements to compensate their key executives and employees in such areas as stock options, phantom stock agreements and other creative deferred compensation programs.
Ken also represents and advises physicians and physician organizations on tax, corporate and regulatory issues, including employment agreements, buy-sell arrangements, federal and state fraud and abuse laws and various contractual matters. He has an extensive background in HIPAA, FMLA, COBRA and other employment-related issues and benefits. In addition, Ken handles matters involving the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and advises clients on multi-employer pension plans and withdrawal liability under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act.
Ken has drafted numerous creative retirement plans that have consistently exceeded his clients’ expectations regarding their ability to save money on a tax-deferred basis.
Prior to the City of Detroit's 2009 Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and during and after the bankruptcy, the firm served as local counsel on numerous matters related to labor, financing and the restructuring of various city departments.
Miller Canfield serves as local counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts. In connection with this representation, Miller Canfield currently is (a) handling post-petition financing matters, (b) litigating and negotiating requests for relief from the automatic stay matter, and (c) assisting with the restructuring of various City departments. The City of Detroit has estimated that its total outstanding obligations as of the commencement of its bankruptcy case totaled approximately $18.5 billion.
Represented WorkForce Software, LLC on the nine-figure majority investment by New York-based Insight Venture Partners.
Succeeded in vacating an injunction that prohibited a municipality from implementing changes to retiree health benefits that resulted in cost savings of $5 million.
George Washington University Law School, Recipient of the Seibel Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law
Michigan Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits/ERISA Rising Star 2010-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Employee Benefits 2012
Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 2013-present
Oakland County Bar Association, Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, 2007-2008
Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt and Government Entities Council of the Internal Revenue Service, April 2008-present
Walsh College, Adjunct Tax Professor
Before the Bell – 9/10/15 – The Townsend Hotel “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation”
Cappuccino with Counsel – 8/11/15 – Oakland Hills Country Club “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING: What It Means For Your Company”
State Bar Labor and Employment Law – 6/3/15 – The Reserve @ Big Rock Chop House “The Changing Landscape of Employment Law (within the context of sexual orientation, same sex marriage, and same sex health care issues – including FMLA)
"ERISA Fiduciary Update," Michigan Association of Certified Accountants Continuing Education, Utica, Michigan August 18, 2011
"Pensions and Retiree Benefits for Municipalities," (Co-Presenter with Kal Goren), 2011 Municipal Law Academy, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Lansing, Michigan, March 24, 2011
"ERISA and Executive Compensation Update for Financial Professionals," Before the Bell Breakfast Forum, November 2008
"QDROs: What Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know," Oakland County Bar Association, March 2007
"Viva VEBA!" Hot Points, Winter 2007