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Practice Areas
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Dayton,(economics)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Daniel R. Salemi


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Dan serves as co-chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. In addition to this role, he also serves on the firm’s partner compensation committee, associate compensation and development committee, marketing committee, and is a trustee of the firm’s employee benefit plans.

Dan represents employers and plan sponsors across the country in virtually every area of the economy, in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He helps clients design and maintain state-of-the-art benefit plans that allow each client to achieve its unique operational goals. Dan counsels clients on the full range of issues related to retirement plans, health and welfare plans, plan investments (under ERISA and state law), and deferred and equity-based compensation arrangements. He also provides in depth, yet practical counseling on initial plan design, day-to-day plan administration and compliance, plan funding, and plan modification and termination. Dan also represents employer associations, multiemployer funds, and public benefit plans, and is immersed in the unique benefits and labor law issues that these clients face. His experience in the employee benefits area is broad and includes the representation of clients in collective bargaining, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.

Dan is a frequent presenter on employee benefit plan compliance issues and has presented to such groups as the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, the American Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Illinois Association of School Boards, and many others. He has authored articles that have been published in Benefits Magazine, BNA, Benefits & Compensation Digest, NACUANOTES, Employee Benefit Plan Review, and The Corporate Executive. He also serves as vice chair on the Fiduciary Responsibility and Plan Investments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee (Tax Section).

Since 2012, Dan has consecutively been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Hidden Fiduciary Risks in Your Investment Program; International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; October 22 – 25, 2017; Las Vegas, NV
  • Graduate Student Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act; AGS 68th Annual Meeting; September 19, 2016; San Diego, CA
  • What's Next for Heatlh Care Reform?; NACUA Annual Conference; June 25 – 28, 2017; Chicago, IL 
  • ACA and Retirement Plans; Franczek Radelet Annual Employment Law Seminar; March 10, 2017, Chicago, IL 
  • Collective Bargaining and ACA Update; Franczek Radelet Annual School Law Conference; February 10, 2017; Chicago, IL 
  • Employee Benefits Policy in the Wake of the Presidential Election; Franczek Radelet Annual Hospitality Seminar; October 21, 2017; Chicago, IL 
  • Financial Wellness Plans: What Every Inside Counsel Should Know; ABA Tax Section Conference; May 6, 2016; Washington, D.C.
  • Contracting Strategies for ERISA Plans; ABA Conference; January 29, 2016; Los Angeles, CA
  • Bargaining in an ACA World; International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Annual Employee Benefits Conference; November 9 – 10, 2015; Honolulu, HI
  • Fund Counsel’s Role in Governance; International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Annual Employee Benefits Conference; October 14, 2014; Boston, MA
  • The Affordable Care Act on Campus in 2015: Ask the Experts; 2015 NACUA Annual Conference; June 30, 2015; Washington, D.C.
  • Benefit Plan Crash Course; Franczek Radelet’s Annual Employment Law Conference; February 6, 2015; Chicago, IL
  • The Affordable Care Act on Campus in 2015: Are You Prepared for Compliance?; College and University Professional Association (CUPA-HR) Webinar; January 13, 2015
  • The Affordable Care Act: Ask the Expert; Franczek Radelet Annual Hospitality Seminar; October 17, 2014; Chicago, IL
  • The Affordable Care Act: Are You Ready For Pay Or Play?; National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Annual Conference; June 22, 2014; Denver, CO
  • The Affordable Care Act: Compliance Issues for Colleges and Universities; National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA); Webinar May 6, 2014
  • Collective Bargaining: 2014 Issues and Trends; South Suburban School Business Officials (SSSBO); April 11, 2014; Alsip, IL
  • Affordable Care Act: Strategic Considerations; Illinois Association of School Boards – Kishwaukee Division; April 10, 2014; Hinckley, IL
  • The Affordable Care Act on Campus; Franczek Radelet Seminar: Day-to-Day Business Affairs at Higher Education Institutions; March 11, 2014; Elmhurst, IL
  • Deciphering Government Regulations (ACA, ADA, WARN Act) and Their Impact on Management Agreements; HospitalityLawyer.com Annual conference; February 10, 2014; Houston, TX

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Advises multiemployer health and welfare benefit funds and large employers in both the public and private sectors on compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, including the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code, and ERISA
  • Assists multiemployer pension and retirement benefit funds, as well as public and private sector employers, with the design, funding, ongoing administration, and termination of retirement plans of all types (including defined benefit pension, cash balance, profit sharing, 403(b), 401(k), and 457 plans)
  • Counsels multiemployer plans and public and private sector employers on the design and funding of retiree health arrangements
  • Represents multiemployer plans, employers, and other plan sponsors in plan correction matters, plan audits, and other issues involving the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Advises multiemployer plans, employers, and other plan sponsors on the legal issues that arise with regard to the investment of benefit plan assets
  • Helps employers develop and negotiate the benefits and compensation provisions in employment agreements with key employees and executives