Daniel N. Janich, OF COUNSEL

Dan Janich is Of Counsel with 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.

Clients hire Dan because he is a problem solver, frequently exceeding their expectations in addressing their legal issues in all aspects of employment, employee benefits and executive compensation law.

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.

Dan counsels clients on pension and welfare benefit plan design and administration, including ESOPs, 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 clients in benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims. A special focus of Dan’s litigation practice is the representation of corporations and executives in executive compensation claims.

Dan is a counselor and litigator in employment law matters. He advises clients pro-actively on compliance issues from hire through termination, structuring and preparing employment documents, and regularly informs them of federal, state and local legal employment related developments affecting their business operations. He vigorously represents clients on employment claims in court and before government agencies on employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower actions, wrongful discharge, leave laws, employment related agreements, and noncompete and trade secret issues.

Dan 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. He also counsels numerous limited liability company clients on structuring effective incentive and equity compensation plans for employees and executives. His experience includes the creation of executive compensation plans for ESOP owned companies.

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.

161 North Clark Street
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

phone: 312-332-4222

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
Best Lawyers in America in ERISA and ERISA Litigation

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

Licensed to practice in Illinois

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


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

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