Michael J. Canan: Lawyer with GrayRobinson, P.A.

Michael J. Canan

Orlando,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Taxation
  • Technology Transactions
  • ESOPs
  • Senior Housing
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
University Stanford University, B.A., Economics
Law SchoolUniversity of California Law School, Boalt Hall, J.D.; New York University, LL.M., Taxation
Admitted1969, California; 1973, Florida

Professional Association & Membership

•The Florida Bar
•Board Certified Tax Attorney
•Tax Section, Member
•State Bar of California
•American Bar Association
•Employee Benefits Committee, Member
•American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, 2004-present
Who's Who in America, 1991-present
•Gulf Coast Practitioner/IRS Council for Exempt Plans, Member, 2001-2007
•Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance and Journal of Deferred Compensation
•American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, Department of Labor Governmental Affairs Committee, former Chairman
•The ESOP Association (National Association and New South Chapter)
•National Center for Employee Ownership


Mike's experience and practice includes all phases of qualified retirement plan work, with special emphasis on the establishment and maintenance of ESOPs; ERISA compliance, plan design; controlled group and affiliated service group issues; IRS and DOL administrative problem resolution; and nonqualified deferred compensation. Since Mike joined GrayRobinson in 1998, over half of his work has been in connection with the establishment and continued maintenance of ESOPs.

Mike has done considerable work with employers with regard to health plans under ObamaCare, and has written a book on this subject.

Mike has also been involved in numerous IRS audits regarding retirement plans and other employee benefits, including tax promoter audits regarding employee benefit matters.


Mike was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford University undergraduate and law school at the University of California, Berkeley. He was in the Peace Corps in Venezuela and then served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. Mike left the Air Force to get a master's in taxation at New York University. From there he moved to Florida and practiced with several firms, including his own, before joining GrayRobinson.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America, 1990-2016
•Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2016
Chambers USA, Tax: Employee Benefits, 2007-2015
•Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2010, 2012-2014
Orlando Magazine's Best Lawyers, 2007-2010, 2014

Presentations & Seminars

•Co-Presenter, Health Care Reform: Employer Obligations Seminar, Health First Health Plans, February 24, 2015
•Panel Speaker, Introduction to Self-Funding: What Employers Need to Know, Marsh & McLennan Agency, August 19, 2014
• Is ACA the Answer? Health Care Policy and Reform conference, the Grand Rounds Series, Carolina Medical System, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 7, 2014
•Southwest Benefits Council, The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and numerous other speeches and presentations

Published Books

Qualified Retirement Plans, West Publishing Company, 1977 and annual editions from 1987-present (used by practitioners and in courses on retirement plans)
•Co-Author, Employee Fringe and Welfare Benefit Plans, West Publishing Company, 1990 and annual editions from 1991 to present
West's Legal Forms, Vols. 8, 8A & 8B Retirement Plans, West Publishing Company, 1983, 1991, 1998, 2004, 2010 editions (with annual pocket parts)
Understanding Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, 2013

Employee Benefits Software

•West's Model Benefit Plans, Qualified Retirement Plans, 1991, 1992
•TechSoft Pension Plans, 1997-present

Related News

•72 GrayRobinson Attorneys Make the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List
Chambers USA Recognizes 24 GrayRobinson Attorneys and 7 Practice Areas
•Michael J. Canan and Bradley F. White to Present at Health Care Reform Seminar
•Michael Canan Serves as Panelist at Employer Workshop
•Michael J. Canan Presents at Health Care Policy and Reform Conference


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Office Information

Michael J. Canan

301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400
OrlandoFL 32802-3068


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