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Christopher A Beinecke

Christopher A Beinecke


Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Christopher Beinecke is a counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group who focuses on the areas of compliance and administrative best practices for health and welfare benefit programs. Chris supports clients through all phases of the design, implementation and operational administration of these programs and has extensive experience with federal, state and local laws that may impact them including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, the U.S. Tax Code, COBRA, HIPAA, the FMLA, and state and local insurance and/or administrative laws (e.g., Texas, California, the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act, and the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance).

Chris assists clients with the review and drafting of plan and related communication material, their administrative processes, merger and acquisition related activity and provides guidance on a very wide variety of ad hoc legal issues. Chris also assists clients with responses to government inquiries and provides representation during government investigations and audit.

Chris is best known for being able to explain complicated issues in “plain English” that is easily understood by non-lawyers and has made hundreds of educational presentations to clients and on behalf of membership organizations throughout much of the U.S. on topics including:

The ACA’s employee measurement and reporting requirements, plan design requirements, and fees, penalties and taxes (including the excise tax)

Issues related to providing same-sex benefits

HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance

Wellness programs

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Chris was a senior compliance consultant for 10 years at a leading international human resources consulting firm and played a major role in the development of the firm’s U.S. health and welfare compliance practice. Chris also worked as an employee benefits lawyer in private practice prior to entering consulting.


LL.M., Taxation, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2000
J.D., Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1998
B.S., Finance, Miami University (Ohio), 1995
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Special Edition Benefits Alert: Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

IRS provides Retirement Plan Loan and Hardship Distribution Relief for Harvey Victims The IRS has released Announcement 2017-11 providing relief from some of the loan and hardship distribution requirements under qualified retirement plans (including Code Section 401(a) and 403(b) plans) for the period of August 23, 2017 through January 31, 2018. The relief applies to employees or former employees either (i) whose principal residence on Aug...

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