CHARLES (CHUCK) M. LAX, shareholder, practices primarily in the areas of employee benefits, taxation, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. He has written many articles appearing in legal and public accounting journals. He has lectured extensively on qualified retirement plans and other tax topics before the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, and other professional groups.
Chuck serves as an emeritus member of the IRS Great Lakes TE/GE Council. He previously served as chairman of the State Bar of Michigan—Section of Taxation. He also was chairman of the State Bar Employee Benefits Committee, the Advisory Committee for TE/GE, the IRS Regional Council Bar Advisory Group—Central Region, and vice chairman of the ASPPA Regional Conferences. Chuck co-chaired the Great Lakes Benefits Conference in 2007 and 2008 and the ASPPA Annual Conference in 2010 and 2011.
His peers have continually selected Chuck for inclusion in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America since 2006 for his work in employee benefits (ERISA) law and since 2021 for his work in corporate law. In 2011, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2024 Chuck was recognized as the Detroit Lawyer of the Year in employee benefits law. Chuck is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Chambers USA has recognized Chuck and he has continually been selected for inclusion in the Michigan edition of Super Lawyers since 2006 (one of the top 100 lawyers in Michigan for 2008). He has been recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer, named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine and recognized as a 2018 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Chuck has extensive experience in representing clients in tax controversy matters before the IRS and Tax Court of the United States.