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Michael Daum

Associate, Blitman & King LLP
2011 | Syracuse, NY
St. John Fisher College | English
“Even if you have no intention of practicing law in Michigan, or even the Midwest, you should nonetheless consider MSU because of its great name recognition, vast network of possible connections, and your experience of being on such a great, diverse campus.”
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What are your current work responsibilities? 
I work in the employee benefits department of Blitman & King LLP, which represents various employee benefit pension and health funds. I assist the funds in complying with requirements under ERISA and the Tax Code, including plan drafting. I regularly negotiate investment and administrative service agreements on behalf of the funds, and recently I have been assisting our health plans to comply with Health Care Reform.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my current position is the knowledge I am helping funds comply with laws and regulations designed to help workers secure health care and retirement income.

Were there certain experiences at MSU Law that helped you prepare for or obtain your current position?
Various courses helped prepare me for my current position, including Negotiation, Contracts, Income Taxation, and various Arbitration classes. I also received great experience with the MSU Arbitration Team because many disputes in the labor and employment world are handled first through ADR before litigation.

What would you consider to be the strengths of the Law College? 
The main strength of the Law College is the individual attention many of the professors give students. In particular, many of my professors were willing to extend office hours and maintain great lines of communication with respect to not only the syllabus but also professional and personal advice.

Is there any additional insight you would like to share?
Law school is a great experience and MSU College of Law is a great place to experience it. Even if you have no intention of practicing law in Michigan, or even the Midwest, you should nonetheless consider MSU because of its great name recognition, vast network of possible connections, and your experience of being on such a great, diverse campus. 


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