Daniel R. Salemi counsels clients on the full range of issues related to retirement plans, health and welfare plans, benefit plan investments, multiemployer plan issues, and deferred and equity-based compensation arrangements, helping them design and maintain state-of-the-art benefit plans to achieve each client’s unique operational goals. He provides in-depth, practical counseling on initial plan design, day-to-day plan administration and compliance, plan funding, associated labor law considerations, and plan modification and termination. Dan’s broad experience in the employee benefits area includes the representation of clients in collective bargaining, litigation, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.
Dan represents plans and plan sponsors across the United States in various sectors, including public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as multiemployer funds, employer associations, and governmental benefit plans.
As co-chair of the firm’s multiemployer plan practice, Dan has had a strong focus on the multiemployer plan area throughout his career. In addition to serving as management-appointed counsel to multiemployer funds, Dan also represents contributing employer clients with respect to all issues related to participation in multiemployer funds, including multiemployer pension withdrawal liability and other issues related to participation in multiemployer pension and health/welfare plans. In this area of his practice, Dan represents employers in a variety of contexts, including litigation, collective bargaining, workforce restructuring, subcontracting, corporate transactions, and plant relocations and closures. He represents multiemployer funds and employers in virtually every industry, including construction, food, transportation, baking, manufacturing, hospitality, textiles, and entertainment.
Dan frequently speaks on employee benefit plan compliance issues and has presented to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, the American Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Illinois Association of School Boards, among others.
Additionally, Dan has authored articles published in Benefits Magazine, Bloomberg BNA, Benefits & Compensation Digest, NACUANOTES, Employee Benefit Plan Review, and The Corporate Executive.
Advises large employers and multiemployer retirement plans on the design, funding, ongoing administration, and termination of retirement plans of all types (including defined benefit pension, cash balance, profit sharing, 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans)
Advises large employers and multiemployer health and welfare plans on compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, including the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code, and ERISA
Represents contributing employers to multiemployer pension plans with respect to pension withdrawal liability and other considerations related to participation in and withdrawal from these plans
Represents contributing employers to multiemployer health and welfare plans with respect to their participation in these plans
Represents employers and multiemployer plans in the private and public sectors on the design and funding of retiree health arrangements
Represents employers, multiemployer plans, and other plan sponsors in plan correction matters, plan audits, and other issues involving the US Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
University of Notre Dame Law School, 2006, J.D., cum laude
University of Dayton, 2003, B.A., Economics, summa cum laude
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Benefits, Law360 (2022)
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Chicago, The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2022–2024)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Chambers USA (2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA Law), US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design, The Legal 500 US (2022)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional, The Legal 500 US (2019–2021, 2023)