Michel A. Thompson

Mr. Thompson’s practice includes all areas relating to employee benefits, retirement plans, and compensation planning. He has designed and/or amended numerous qualified pension, 401(k) and other retirement plans (including submissions to the IRS, corrections of defects and review of employee communications) for large and small, public and private corporations. With regard to executive compensation programs, Michel regularly advises several publicly traded clients in connection with stock options, restricted stock and other forms of incentive compensation. He assists clients with all facets of group health and welfare plan compliance.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 1998-2020
  • Selected for Best Attorneys Network Directory, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Subcommittee
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Member and Former President, Board of Trustees, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • Former President, Board of Regents, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Founder and Former President, Board of Directors, The Children’s Place
  • Employee Benefits Institute, Steering Committee
  • Kansas City Tomorrow, Civic Council
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Jan Ruggles


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1973

University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A., with distinction, 1970