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Michael J. Flanagan


Mike is Hodgson Russ’s Employee Benefits Practice Leader. For more than 19 years, Mike has concentrated his practice in employee benefits law, with a focus on welfare benefits. He represents numerous public employers such as school districts and municipalities while also counseling employers in many different types of private sector industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare and more. Mike's private employer clients cover a broad range of industries and he is fully equipped to handle different sectors.  

Mike is proficient in matters regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and tax compliance for welfare plans.

He has considerable experience in drafting employee benefit plan documents and summary plan descriptions, as well as negotiating administrative service agreements related to the operation of self-insured health plans. Mike also has substantial experience defending clients who have received proposed assessment penalties under the Affordable Care Act.


Binghamton University, B.A.

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude


  • New York


  • Listed, Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2020
  • Former Articles Editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 - 2016

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  • Member, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Council: Buffalo State College


  • New York State Bar Association
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