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Michael Canan

Name: Michael Canan
Company: Gray Robinson
Title: Attorney

p: 407-843-8880
f: 407-244-5690
301 East Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801
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Mike's experience and practice includes all phases of qualified retirement plan work, with special emphasis on the establishment and continued maintenance of ESOPs; plan design, including cross-testing, defined benefit plans, and 401(k) and (m) features; 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.


  • Stanford University, B.A., economics
  • University of California Law School, J.D. (Boalt Hall)
  • New York University, LL.M., taxation


  • Taxation
  • ESOPs
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
  • Technology Business Law
  • Affordable Care Act
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