Daniel N. Janich

Dan Janich is the resident partner of the firm’s Chicago office. For more than 25 years he has concentrated his practice in ERISA covered employee benefits, executive and equity compensation and employment law counseling and litigation.

Dan counsels clients on pension and welfare benefit plan design and administration, design and administration of executive and equity compensation agreements and arrangements, as well as addressing compliance with governmental regulations matters.

Dan’s ERISA litigation practice consists of the representation of corporate clients in the defense of benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims. A special focus of Dan’s litigation practice is the representation of corporate clients and executives in executive compensation claims.

Dan’s clients range from multinational companies to startups in various industries including manufacturing, consumer products, high technology, professional and financial services and real estate and their boards and C-level executives. Dan’s not-for-profit clients include health care providers, higher education institutions and foundations and their C-level executives.

He has extensive experience counseling boards and C-level executives of tax-exempt organizations on how to most effectively structure their executive compensation plans and programs and has successfully represented not-for-profits and their executives in high stakes IRS audit proceedings. Dan also counsels numerous limited liability company clients on structuring effective incentive and equity compensation plans for employees and executives. His experience also includes the creation of executive compensation plans for ESOP owned S corporations.

Dan publishes articles in professional and bar journals and is a contributing author to several legal treatises and handbooks on employee benefits, equity compensation and ESOP matters. Dan also speaks frequently at professional trade organizations and bar association conferences.

LL.M. in Taxation – DePaul University College of Law
J.D. – The John Marshall Law School, Chicago
B.A. – Marian University, Indianapolis


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • ESOP Association

Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Senior Editor, Employee Benefits Law (BNA Books)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer in Employee Benefits
  • Illinois Super Lawyer in Employee Benefits

Published Books & Articles

Licensed to practice in Illinois

Civic Activities

  • Member, Big Shoulders Fund Chairman’s Advisory
  • Former member, Marian University Board of Trustees

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