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Michael Poland is a partner in the Compensation & Employment Group. He routinely advises clients on various executive compensation and employee benefit matters, as well as the employee benefit aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Mike also advises clients on the design, implementation and operation of equity and cash incentive programs, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and tax-qualified retirement plans. He regularly prepares and negotiates executive employment and severance agreements and advises clients on ERISA’s fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions.  Additionally, Mike counsels private equity, real estate, and other private funds on ERISA regulatory considerations in connection with fund formation, investment structuring and other investment management activities.  

Prior to joining BFKN, Mike was Counsel in the compensation practice at a leading international law firm. 

Activities & Honors

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Center for Disability and Elderly Law 



John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
John Marshall Law School, LL.M. Taxation, with honors, 2005
University of Illinois, B.A., Economics, 1999

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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