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Brian T. Gallagher

Senior Counsel




Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, B.B.A., with high distinction, 2005

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

As an experienced benefits and executive compensation attorney, Brian Gallagher helps employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing legal landscape of ERISA and the Tax Code. Brian works closely with employers of all sizes in many different industries to design and maintain their benefit plans, ensure compliance and develop practical solutions when mistakes inevitably do occur.

Brian is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan and previously chaired its Employee Benefits Committee. Named a 'Rising Star' for Employee Benefits by Michigan Super Lawyers, Brian is also very engaged in the local Lansing community, serving on the boards of numerous local nonprofits.


Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star for Employee Benefits, 2014, 2017-2021

Top 5 Under 35, Ingham County Bar Association, 2013

10 Over the Next Ten, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection, 2013

Associate Editor, Michigan State Law Review, 2007-2008

Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program, Michigan State University College of Law, 2005-2008

Jurisprudence Awards: Contracts I & Deferred and Executive Compensation

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Council, 2017-present; Secretary, 2020-2021; Treasurer, 2021-present; Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, 2015-2017

American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Subcommittee for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plans, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, 2018-present

Ingham County Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Underground of Good, Co-Chair, 2017-2021

Highfields, Inc., Board of Directors, 2009-2015, 2020-Present; Board Chair, 2013-2014

Grand River Connection, Board of Directors, 2011-2016; President, 2013-2016

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2014-2016