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Chad concentrates his practice on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including the design, drafting, and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, fringe benefit plans, and equity-based compensation arrangements. Chad advises clients with respect to, among other things, compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, PPACA, FMLA, MHPAEA, and any other laws or regulations, from the federal to the state and local level, that impact employee benefit plans or executive compensation arrangements. Chad also advises buyers and sellers as to employee benefits and executive compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Chad advises clients on and prepares employment agreements and service contracts and offers guidance to employers with regard to Affirmative Action Programs and other issues associated with federal government contracts.


  • American Bar Association Tax Section Nolan Fellow 2011
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Author, Yale Deal Shows Pitfalls of Penalty-Based Wellness Programs," Law360 (March 15, 2022)
  • Co-Author, Supreme Court Virtually Eliminates Defined Benefit Plan Participants’ and Beneficiaries’ Right to Sue under ERISA for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Employment Law Update, 2021 Edition - Wolters Kluwer (2021)
  • Author, Yale Case Reminds Employers of Key Wellness Program Risk – Law360 (September 10, 2019)
  • Author, The Use of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions to Recoup Money Owed to ERISA Plans, Benefits Practitioners’ Strategy Guide – Bloomberg BNA (August 2019)
  • Author, The Multiemployer 401(k) Plan: Fitting a Cash or Deferred Arrangement into a Round Hole, NYU Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (October 2016)
  • Author, The Impact of Bankruptcy on Executive Compensation Arrangements, (January 2012)
  • Author, The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Benefits, BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (April 2011)
  • Co-Author, A Review of Backloading and Whipsaw Litigation in Applicable Defined Benefit Plans (a.k.a. Cash Balance Plans), NYU Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (December 2010)
  • Chapter Author on Plan Terminations, The CPA's Guide to Retirement Plans for Small Businesses (3rd Edition) AICPA Publishers, (Summer 2010)
  • Author, Welcome to the Jungle: Plan Sponsors Must Slash Through the Thicket of Top-Hat Plan Litigation, BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (June 2008)



Below are representative samples of the types of matters Chad handles on behalf of Laner Muchin clients:

Preparing plan documents and participant communications.

Advising as to correction of retirement plan qualification failures and nonqualified deferred compensation plan violations of 409A.

Drafting and negotiating employment agreements.

Drafting equity compensation arrangements, including stock option, restricted stock unit, as well as drafting nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, supplemental retirement, severance, and change-in-control plans.

Representing plan sponsors in front of the IRS, DOL, and HHS.

Advising as to compliance matters with respect to health and welfare plans, including medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans, cafeteria plans, health FSAs, wellness benefits, disability plans, employee assistance plans, and on-site medical clinics.

Advising as to issues associated with fringe benefit arrangements, including tax and withholding matters.

Negotiating vendor contracts on behalf of plans and plan sponsors.

Advising multiemployer plans and trusts on all employee benefit and trust matters.

Advising governmental employers as to applicable state and municipal laws related to employee benefits.

Defending employers in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases before administrative agencies.


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University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D. & LL.M., 2008

Central Michigan University, B.S., Philosophy/Political Science, 2003


  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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