Attorney Brian T. Gallagher - Fraser Trebilcock...

Brian T. Gallagher

Shareholder, Firm Secretary / Lansing


  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2008)
  • University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business (B.B.A., with high distinction, 2005)

  • Bar & Court Admissions

    • State Bar of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
    • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals        

    Brian is the Co-Chair of the firm's Employee Benefits Department, focusing on retirement plans and deferred compensation. As an experienced benefits and executive compensation attorney, Brian T. Gallagher helps employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing legal landscape of ERISA and the Tax Code. He also serves as the Secretary of Fraser Trebilcock’s Board of Directors.

    Brian works closely with employers of all sizes in many different industries to design and maintain their benefit plans. He helps his clients to keep their plans compliant and to develop practical solutions when mistakes inevitably do occur. He is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and previously chaired its Employee Benefits Committee. Brian was named a 'Rising Star in Michigan' by Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits first in 2014, and consecutively in each year since 2017. He is also very engaged in the local Lansing community, serving on the boards of numerous local nonprofits.

    Professional Associations
    • State Bar of Michigan
      • Taxation Section Council (2017-Present)
        • Secretary (2020-2021)
        • Treasurer (2021-Present)
      • Chair, Employee Benefits Committee (2015-2017)
    • American Bar Association
      • Co-Chair, Subcommittee for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plans, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section (2018 - Present)
    • Ingham County Bar Association   
    • Underground of Good, Co-Chair (2017-2021)     
    • Highfields, Inc., Board of Directors (2009-2015, 2020-Present)
      • Board Chair (2013-2014)
    • Grand River Connection, Board of Directors (2011-2016)
      • President (2013-2016)
    • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2014-2016)

    Honors & Distinctions
    • Named as a 'Rising Star in Michigan' by Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits (first named in 2014, 2017-2021)
    • Associate Editor, Michigan State Law Review (2007-2008)
    • Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program, Michigan State University College of Law (2005-2008)
    • Named one of 'Top 5 under 35' by Ingham County Bar Association, 2013
    • Named one of the "10 over the Next Ten" by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection, 2013
    • Jurisprudence Awards: Contracts I & Deferred and Executive Compensation