William H. Nichols
William H. NicholsPartner

515 North State Street

Suite 2800

Chicago, Illinois  60654

phone: 312.467.9800

fax: 312.467.9479


William H. Nichols

Legal Experience

Mr. Nichols has over 30 years of experience in employee benefits law and executive compensation. He joined the Employee Benefits Department of Laner Muchin, Ltd. as a partner in August 2010.

Mr. Nichols is experienced in all aspects of tax-qualified retirement plans, welfare benefits, non-qualified plans and executive compensation. He has represented large public companies, small and mid-sized private companies, tax-exempt employers, municipalities, professional service businesses, individual executives and Taft-Hartley pension and benefit funds. He has extensive experience in specialized areas such as IRS and DOL correction programs, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, stock options and other equity-based compensation programs, COBRA and HIPAA compliance, multiemployer pension withdrawal liability, and the benefits aspects of business mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. He is a frequent speaker on benefits and executive compensation topics, has been a guest lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law, consulted on the drafting of the 1990 Illinois Small Employer Accident and Health Insurance Law and served on the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Health Care Cost Management Committee from 1986 - 1993.

Admissions Information

Mr. Nichols has been admitted to practice before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the District of Columbia, and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Bar Association and Other Memberships

Mr. Nichols is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations. He has received the highest possible peer-review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading attorneys’ directory in the United States.

Education Summary

Mr. Nichols graduated from Amherst College with honors in 1976. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 1979.

Personal Data

Mr. Nichols lives in Chicago. He has two grown sons and a dog. He sings in the Chicago Bar Association Chorus and enjoys golf, skiing, yoga and cycling along the lakeshore.

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