Daniel N. Janich
Holifield Janich & Associates PLLC

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60606, United States
Phone: 312-332-4222
Fax: 865.566.0119
Areas of Practice
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Taxation

Practice/Organization Description

Daniel N. Janich is a Partner in the Chicago office of Holifield Janich & Associates PLLC. He is nationally recognized for his over 20 years experience responding to the needs of executives, professionals and business in employee benefits and executive compensation law, wealth planning and management, including business succession strategies and estate planning and administration.

Mr. Janich is also recognized as a very skillful and effective litigator, with a long track record of success in representing corporate and individual clients in significant employee benefits and executive compensation litigation matters.

He has acquired his legal experience at some of the largest and most prestigious corporate law firms in Chicago, including Chadwell & Kayser and Altheimer & Gray.


Mr. Janich uses his extensive knowledge, skills and experience to advise corporate and individual clients regarding employee benefit plan design and administration issues, executive compensation strategies, tax and securities law aspects of employee benefits, compliance with federal and state regulations, multinational aspects of employee benefit plans, benefit issues involved in mergers and acquisitions, qualified and non-qualified plans for tax-exempt organizations, including church and municipal plans, structuring ESOPs and other business succession strategies, and estate planning considerations.

With his knowledge and experience in employee benefits and executive compensation, Mr. Janich has particular skill assisting executives and other professionals with retirement plan issues, and in developing effective wealth preservation strategies on their behalf.

In litigation, he has successfully represented corporate and individual clients in signficant claims involving employee benefits, executive compensation, employment and estates issues. Due to this success, as well as his reputation for high personal and professional integrity, Mr. Janich is often asked to serve as benefits litigation counsel to other law firms and corporate law departments, and has served in the roles of mediator or arbitrator of employee benefits and executive compensation disputes. He is available to provide expert witness testimony in cases involving a wide range of benefit and compensation issues.


Mr. Janich is a prolific speaker and author on employee benefits. executive compensation and estate planning topics. His articles have appeared in prestigious legal publications, including journals and treatises sponsored by The Bureau of National Affairs, American Bar Association, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and National Center for Employee Ownership. His writings have been cited as authoritative in court opinions issued by various state and federal courts, as well as in law journals. Mr. Janich frequently gives presentations at the annual and midwinter conferences of these and other bar associations and professional organizations.


Mr. Janich counsels not-for-profit institutions on design and operational issues as well as legal developments that affect its benefit plans. Mr. Janich is also active with several other charitable and educational institutions.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Janich is admitted to practice in Illinois, U.S. District Court and Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court.


Mr. Janich received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School and his masters of law degree in tax from DePaul University College of Law.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Mr. Janich is active in the American and Chicago Bar Associations, National Center for Employee Ownership, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, and American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.

Mr. Janich is co-chair of the Specialized Types of Retirement Income Plans Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee. He is also a former senior editor of the widely recognized and authoritative treatise, Employee Benefits Law. Mr. Janich is former chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Janich is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a prestigious law college that recognizes the nation's top employee benefits attorneys. He has received an A-V rating, the highest possible rating for legal ability and general ethical standards, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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