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Michael D. Rosenbaum



Mike Rosenbaum counsels clients on the design and implementation of tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and benefit arrangements for executives and employees of tax-exempt organizations, health care and traditional for-profit organizations. He works extensively with plan sponsors and their internal investment and administrative committees to ensure that they understand and implement best practices with respect to governance and fiduciary oversight. Mike also counsels clients on the compliance and operational issues associated with such plans.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Mike represents clients in the full range of employee benefit and executive/physician compensation matters, including:

  • Designing and implementing tax-qualified retirement plans
  • Working with retirement plan sponsors and their internal/administrative committees to understand and implement best practices with respect to fiduciary/governance oversight
  • Designing, implementing and funding executive compensation plans
  • Addressing health and welfare plan design, compliance and operational issues
  • Advising clients regarding the classification of workers as independent contractors or employees
  • Advising clients regarding the employee benefit arrangements for executives and physicians of tax-exempt organizations.

Health Care 

Mike is a recognized authority on health care executive and provider compensation. He is a co-founder of the HR/Hospital Advisory Board, an invitation-only network of human resources professionals in the health care provider space, which holds regular roundtables to discuss emerging industry trends. He co-hosts Healthcare Executive and Provider Compensation, an annual two-day conference that explores the effectiveness of executive and provider compensation strategies in the rapidly evolving health care marketplace.

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Bar Admissions



Registered Certified Public Accountant, Illinois


University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. cum laude (1987)

Michigan State University
B.A. (1984)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • HR/Hospital Advisory Board (co-sponsored by Deloitte) — Co-founder; Steering Committee for Development and Sponsorship


  • Chambers USA — Illinois, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2005-24
  • Best Lawyers® — Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020-24
  • Illinois Super Lawyers — 2006-18
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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