Michael S. Beaver
Mr. Beaver applies 25 years of experience to resolution-focused representation of employers, insurers and employee benefit plans in litigation. He also counsels and assists employers and plans in the development of preventive compliance strategies. He also works with ski, resort and recreation business operators, defending litigation and providing preventive counseling.
Mr. Beaver's employee benefits experience includes the defense of hundreds of cases brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), involving pension and welfare benefit claims, fiduciary issues, independent contractor status, and class actions. He has led cases in federal district courts throughout the United States, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He has also led the defense of non-ERISA benefits cases in the state courts. Mr. Beaver leads a team of Holland & Hart lawyers who litigate employee benefit issues, resulting in dozens of trial court and appellate decisions which have helped shape controlling law.
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