Christopher K. Buch is a Chicago business attorney who focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Mr. Buch represents Fortune 500 companies, publicly traded companies, private corporations and closely held entities on employee benefits matters including: qualified plans; employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); non-qualified plans; health and welfare benefits; Affordable Care Act compliance; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance; Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and investigations; vendor contracting; fringe benefits; fiduciary investment advice; prohibited transactions; and corporate transactions.

In addition, Mr. Buch has extensive experience with executive compensation issues. He helps clients with designing and drafting compensation and equity arrangements; complying with various tax laws, including Code Sections 162(m), 280G and 409A; and identifying potential issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Buch regularly writes and speaks about employee benefits, ESOPs and executive compensation matters as well.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Buch was an associate in the employee benefits and executive compensation group at an Am Law 100 firm for five years. Previously, he worked in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice of a national public accounting firm.



  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
  • The ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • American Bar Association 
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Chicago Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee
Honors & Awards
  • DePaul University College of Law, Dean's List
  • Law360 Rising Star, Benefits, 2019
  • ESOP Deal of the Year ($100 Million +), 2nd Annual U.S.A M&A Atlas Award for Middle Markets


Speaking Engagements