Mitchell Garner graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He majored in economics. During his junior year, he studied political science, economics, and history at the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Paris in Paris, France, from which he received a Certificate of Political Studies with Honors in June 1970. At Yale, he was in many student activities. He was a member of the Yale Political Union and the Yale Glee Club. He also participated in varsity athletics. He was a member of the Yale Freshman Baseball Team (infielder) in 1968 and Yale Heavyweight Crew (coxswain) in 1971.
In 1975, he received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He was a member of the Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, and served as Associate Editor of the Law Journal in his third year.
Following his college graduation, Mitch worked on the United States Senate campaign staff of his Congressman in Chicago, Roman C. Pucinski, as the director of research. From 1975 to 1976, Mitch was a law clerk to Justice Francis S. Lorenz of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District. From 1976 to January 1983, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, where he was assigned to the special prosecutions unit and later the felony criminal division. As a prosecutor, he tried numerous bench and jury trials. From 1983 to 1989, he was an associate and later a partner in the law firm of Spindell, Kemp & Kimball in Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced primarily in the area of employee benefits. From 1989 to 1990, he was an attorney with the law firm of Keck, Mahin & Cate in Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced in the area of employee benefits. From 1990 to 1993, he was in-house legal counsel for Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where he worked as a legal consultant on miscellaneous employee benefits matters. From 1993 to 2003, he was an attorney with the law firm of Stevenson Keppelman Associates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he worked primarily in the area of employee benefits. He joined Allotta | Farley Co., L.P.A. in February 2003. Since joining Allotta | Farley Co., L.P.A., he has practiced exclusively in the area of employee benefits, specializing in Taft-Hartley plans for collective bargaining groups, and has made numerous presentations to clients and attorneys regarding legal developments in employee benefits matters.
Note, The New Illinois Death Penalty: Double Constitutional Trouble, 5 Loyola of Chicago Law Journal 351 (1974).
Writer for Allotta | Farley Weekly Client Broadcast Publication from 2007 to present.
Writer and Editor for Tax Newsletter, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, from 1986 to 1991.
Garner, Our Linguistic Tower of Babel, Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1973, §1, at 14.
Areas of Practice:
- Employee Benefits involving multiemployer and single employer plans, including qualified retirement plans, 403(b) annuity programs, cafeteria plans, and miscellaneous welfare plans.
- Mitch’s experience includes counseling trustees and plan administrators, drafting and amending plans and summary plan descriptions, preparing administrative forms and applications for governmental rulings, obtaining favorable determinations and remedial rulings from the Internal Revenue Service on qualified retirement plans, audits by the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Labor, and early retirement windows.
- Supreme Court of Illinois, 1975
- Supreme Court of Michigan, 1993
- Supreme Court of Ohio, 2004
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975
- United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1975
- United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1994
- United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2003
- United States Supreme Court, 1982
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2020
Activities, Honors and Professional Associations:
- American Bar Association, Member, 1975 to 2014
- Member of Section of Taxation 1983 to 2014
- Member of Employee Benefits Committee of Section of Taxation, 1983 to 2014
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1975 to present
- Michigan State Bar Association, Member, 1994 to present
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2004 to present
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member, 2010 to present
- Presenter, “How to Best Communicate Your Pension Ills,” 56th Annual Employee Benefits Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 2010
- Road Runners Club of America
- President, 2016 to present
- Vice President, 2012 to 2016
- Central Region Director, 2008 to 2012
- Ad Hoc Legal Counsel, 2006 to present
- Member of Strategic Planning Task Force, 2008 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014
- Chair, Long Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee, 2011 to present
- Ann Arbor Track Club
- Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, 2004 to Present
- President, 2008 to present
- Vice President, 2005 to 2008
- Member of Men’s Masters 60+ Team, United States Track and Field Association Men’s Masters 60+ Grand Prix National Champions, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
- Male Runner of the Year, 2007 and 2016
- United States Track and Field Association
- All-American Masters Runner, 2005 to present (males 55-59 from 2005 to 2009 and males 60-64 from 2010 to 2014) for various distances from 1500 meters to half-marathon
- Gold Pheidippides Award winner in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for outstanding performance and endurance in long distance running
- Running Times Magazine, 2005 Masters Runner of the Year, Honorable Mention (males 55-59)
- Ranked #4 Runner in United States in 2005 (males 55-59) based on points by active.com
- Ranked #2 Runner in United States in 2006 (males 55-59) based on points by active.com
- Burns Park Run, Committee Chair 1997 to Present
- Race Co-Chair, 2002 and 2003
- Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, Elite Athlete Committee Chair, 2007 to present
- Yale Club of Michigan, Member of Board of Directors and Delegate to Association of Yale Alumni, 2001 to 2004
- Yale University Office of Development, Class Agent for Class of 1971, 2004 to Present
- Yale College Class of 1971 35th Reunion Committee, Golf Outing Chair and Panel Discussion Moderator, 2006
- Yale College Class of 1971, Class Council Member, 2006 to 2011
- Yale College Class of 1971, 40th Reunion Committee, Co-Chair of Classbook Committee, 2010 to 2011
- St. Joseph Preparatory School, Class of 1967 40th Reunion Committee, Co-Chair, 2007
- St. Joseph Preparatory School, Class of 1967 45th Reunion Committee, Co-Chair, 2012
- Burns Park Players, Member, 1999 to Present
- Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Legal Writing Instructor, 1988 to 1989
- Loyola University of Chicago, Paralegal Instructor for Courses on Employee Benefits and Criminal Law and Procedures, 1981 to 1990