Donald Christl
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Donald J. Christl is of counsel in Reinhart’s Employee Benefits and Health Care Practices, and works closely with the firm’s Corporate Law Practice. Don advises individuals, medical practice groups and closely held businesses on a wide range of tax, management and employee benefits issues. During his extensive legal career, Don has filled the role of trusted advisor to his clients and has helped them to plan and manage their businesses to meet challenging legal issues in ways which are both cost-effective and value-rich.

Don frequently shares his experience and knowledge with business and professional audiences. He has spoken at more than 150 seminars and meetings in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. In addition to his public speaking, Don has authored numerous articles on his areas of expertise in many professional and business periodicals.

Don primarily serves the following industries:

  • Fringe Benefits
  • Health Plans
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Taft-Hartley Multiemployer


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
Graduate work in Economics, University of Wisconsin
B.A., summa cum laude, St. Mary’s College

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  • Advises clients on a broad spectrum of related issues such as estate and tax planning issues, succession plans and employee benefits plans including profit sharing, age-weighted profit sharing and 401(k) plans
  • Counsels medical practice groups on complex issues of federal and state regulatory compliance, the creation and dissolution of professional service corporations, the buying and selling and combining of practices, the design and administration of benefits plans, compensation, contracts and a wide range of other issues related to the day-to-day operation of a health care practice


  • Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Who’s Who


  • Milwaukee Bar Association (president in 2002 and 2003)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Journal of Pension Benefits (editorial advisor)
  • Business Planning Institute, Inc. (cofounder), an organization that provides educational seminars and materials on the management of closely held businesses
  • Wisconsin Employee Benefits Association (former president and Board member)
  • Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals (Board of Directors)
  • Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council (Board of Directors)
  • Estate Counselors Forum (Board of Directors)
  • Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility for the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee County Council Boy Scouts of America (former president, 1999-2002)
  • Family Service of Milwaukee (former president)
  • American Heart Association (former vice-president)
  • Friends of Channel 10/36 (former vice-president)