Gary M. Remer is a Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of tax law, employee benefits and ERISA, estate planning, franchise, and business transactions. He is also chair of the ERISA Franchise Practice Groups for the Firm.

From his beginnings as a Revenue Agent for the IRS by day and law student by night, he began being immersed in tax, business, franchising, and employee benefits. Over the last 20 years, he has amassed a toolbox full of knowledge and experience that allows him to counsel people on not only what the law says, but the practical implications of their courses of action.

Gary designs retirement plans that provide significant benefit accruals for business owners. He assists in correcting retirement plan operational and document deficiencies such as the exclusion of eligible participants, loan failures, untimely 401(k) deposits, and late amendments to retirement plan documents. To protect assets from becoming immediately taxable and reduce fiduciary liability, he submits the retirement plans to the Internal Revenue Service and/or Department of Labor for rulings.

Gary counsels both franchisors and franchisees on business purchases, sales, licensing, and finance. He understands the nuances of franchising businesses. On behalf of his clients, he obtains authorizations to sell franchises and ensures compliance with federal and state franchise laws and regulations. Gary establishes advertising funds that are used to develop local marketing materials, provide consistency in marketing/advertising programs, and promote communications between the franchisor and franchisees. On behalf of clients who are purchasing franchises, he negotiates franchise agreements that protect their interests particularly with respect to personal guaranties, covenants not to compete, and penalties for early termination.

In addition, Gary prides himself on helping businesses and their owners from the inception through succession. This includes structuring entities, drafting buy-sell agreements, estate planning, employment issues, transition of ownership, and business counseling.

Gary M. Remer

  • Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, East Lansing, J.D., 1997
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, B.A. Accounting, 1990
Associations and Community Leadership
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • MICPA Franchise Task Force, past Chair, and MICPA Membership Task Force, past Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan, Past Tax Committee Council Member
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1997
Honors and Awards
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Franchise Law for 2017 and 2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Leader in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2011–2015
  • Gary speaks and writes on employee welfare benefit plans, qualified retirement plans, franchising and is regularly featured as a subject matter expert in the media. He has presented at national and regional Accounting (AICPA, MICPA) and Legal (State Bar of Michigan) profession educational meetings.