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Dan Janich  offers his corporate and executive clients sophisticated, high quality legal services in employee benefits and executive compensation law.  He offers clients personalized attention, responsiveness, reasonable fees, and pragmatic solutions.


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 50%
    32 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    38 years
  3. Employment: 20%
    32 years



Hourly ($400-500/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Holifield Janich & Associates, PLLC

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL, 60606


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Magazine2016
Illinois Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2016
FellowAmerican College of Employee Benefits Counsel2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHolifield Janich & Associates, PLLC2015 - Present
OfficerGreensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.2009 - 2015
PrincipalJanich Law Group2001 - 2009
PartnerFreeborn & Peters LLP 1999 - 2001
Of CounselAltheimer & Gray 1997 - 1999
Of CounselMasudaFunai 1990 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationChair, Specialized Retirement Plans Subcommittee2015 - Present
National Center for Employee OwnershipDirector2007 - Present
Bureau of National AffairsSenior Editor, Employee Benefits Law2006 - 2015
Chicago Bar AssociationChairman2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garratt v. KnowlesN/A
Wozniak v. Argonne National LaboratoriesN/A
Sofo v. Pan-American Life Insurance Co.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Chicago Financial PlannerOffshore Financial Interests & Immigrants to the U.S.: Failure to Report Existence & Income May Lead to Deportation2016
The Chicago Financial PlannerIs Your Noncompete Enforceable?2014
The Chicago Financial PlannerYou Received a Pink Slip and Separation Agreement: Now What?2013
Selected Issues in Equity CompensationUnderwater Stock Options and Repricing Strategy: Is Your Company Drowning in Confusion?2011
Beyond Stock OptionsA Tiered Approach to Equity Design with Multiple Equity Compensation Vehicles2011
Employee Benefit Plan ReviewWithout Proper Planning Contingent Workers Pose Serious Risks to Employer Benefits Plans2011
Decision-Maker's Guide to Equity CompensationSecurities Law Considerations2011
The CounselorEmployer Beware: How Do You Protect Against The Significant Legal Risks Posed By The Use of Contingent Workers?2010
Human Resource Executive OnlineLegal Risks of Temps2010
The Journal of Employee Ownership Law and FinanceEquity Interests in Limited Liability Corporations2009
WorkspanIf Not Options, Then What? Equity Compensation in Today's Economy2003
Family AdvocateWhen Remarriage Muddies the Waters: QDROs & Surviving Spouse Protection2001
Profit Sharing MagazineRecent Changes to the Minimum Distribution Rules for Tax-Qualified Plans1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul UniversityTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1986
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Marian CollegeLiberal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NCEO Employee Ownership ConferenceCompensating and Incentivizing LLC Employees Through Equity Compensation: An Attractive Alternative to ESOPs2014
Association of Corporate Counsel SeminarContingent Workers and Employee Benefit Plans: Hot Topics2014
NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership ConferenceCompensation for Privately Held Companies: Forms of Executive Compensation2013
Bloomberg BNA WebinarContingent Workers and Legal Risks to Employer Benefit Plans2013
American Conference Institute Sixth National Forum on ERISA LitigationEmerging Trends in ERISA Litigation: Actions Against Church Plans2013
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section408(b)(2) and 404(a) Disclosures and the Ongoing Fee Litigation2013
American Bar Association Annual Institute on ERISA BasicsReporting and Disclosure Part I: General and Pension Plans; Reporting and Disclosure Part II: Health Plans2013
NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership ConferencePairing Equity Compensation with ESOPs2012
NCEO WebinarTop 10 Considerations for the Design and Roll-out of Equity Compensation Plans2012
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionWorker Classification Issues Under Renewed Focus2012
NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership ConferenceReality TV: Lessons Learned Structuring Executive Compensation in ESOP Companies2011
NCEO ESOP ConferencePlan Design Features That Support Ownership Culture2011
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionUpdate on Fee Litigation and the Impact of the Regulations2011
American Bar Association Annual Institute on ERISA Basics401(k) Plans: A Primer2011
Stafford Publications WebinarTax Treatment of Equity Compensation for LLC Members: Structuring Equity-Based Interests for Optimal Tax Outcomes2010
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionCurrent Hot Procedural Issues in ERISA-Conkright v. Frommert2010
American Bar Association Annual Institute on ERISA BasicsEthical Issues and Concerns in ERISA Practice2010
NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership ConferenceStock Appreciation Rights, Phantom Stock & Warrants2009
NCEO Webinar on Navigating the 409A Deferred Compensation RulesWhat Kind of Equity Plans are Exempt and What Are Not?2009
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section409A Update2009
American Bar Association Annual National Institute on ERISA BasicsReimbursement and Subrogation2009
NCEO/Beyster Institute Joint Annual ConferencePlan Litigation and Latest Trends in Equity Compensation2008
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionERISA Plan Fee Disclosures: Legislative Proposals, DOL Regulatory Developments and Litigation2008
NCEO/Beyster Institute Joint Annual ConferenceNegotiating & Structuring Stock Compensation2007
NCEO/Beyster Institute 2006 Employee Ownership ConferenceEquity Compensation Litigation & Enforcement Trends2006
NCEO WebinarTypes of Equity Compensation2006
NCEO/Beyster Institute 2004 Employee Ownership ConferenceEquity Compensation Plans in a Time of Change: Basic Issues and Emerging Trends2004
IRS/ASPA 2004 Great Lakes Area Employee Benefits Annual ConferenceThe Latest and Greatest Topics on 401(k) Plans2004
NCEO/Beyster Institute 2003 Employee Ownership ConferenceIf Not Options, Then What? Equity Compensation After the Bust2003
NCEO 2002 Annual ConferenceTrends in Stock Option Litigation; Underwater Stock Options & Repricing2002
NASPP 2002 Annual ConferenceRecent Developments and Future Trends in Stock Option Litigation2002