Christopher Beinecke



Education and Clerkships

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




Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court


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.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Chapter Board Member-at-Large for the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, 2007–2009
  • Co-Chair of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Policy Taskforce, 2009–2011


Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

The Haynes and Boone Health and Welfare blog discusses recent trends and updates in the health and welfare section of the employee benefits industry.


Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses the FDA's regulatory oversight of stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine products, Texas telemedicine rulemaking, and the FDA’s new digital health software precertification program.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Questions on Full-Time Employees - What Have We Learned So Far?" speaker, 27th Annual Benefits Compliance Conference, Addison, Texas, November 10, 2016.
  • “The Affordable Care Act, American Healthcare Act of 2017 & Other Welfare-Related Updates” speaker, SWBA 28th Annual Benefits Compliance Conference, Dallas, Texas, November 2, 2017.
  • “Healthcare Reform—The Details” speaker, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 63rd Annual Employee Benefits Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 23 and October 24, 2017.
  • "Enforcement Trends Panel," speaker, Latest Trends and Developments in the Healthcare Sector, Dallas, Texas, October 20, 2016.
  • "BB&T Insurance," speaker, McGriff Siebels & Williams and Haynes and Boone ACA Presentation, October 4, 2016.
  • "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Does This Thing Get Better?" speaker, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual Employment Law Update, Fort Worth, Texas, March 30, 2016.

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