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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. He represents employers and plan sponsors across the country in virtually every area of the economy, in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Dan 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 provides in depth yet practical counseling on initial plan design, day-to-day plan administration and compliance, plan funding, and plan modification and termination. He 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. Dan’s experience in the employee benefits area is broad and also includes, for example, 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.  Dan has also authored or co-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 a vice chair on the Fiduciary Responsibility and Plan Investments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee (Tax Section). In 2017, Dan was named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

Dan started his career at Franczek Radelet. He then practiced at a large international law firm for just over two years before rejoining Franczek Radelet in 2010. During law school, he was an articles editor for the University of Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Advises large employers and large multi-employer health and welfare benefit funds, 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 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 public and private sector employers on the design and funding of retiree health arrangements
  • Represents 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 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