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Diane E. Ratekin

Huron Consulting Group, Inc.
General Counsel
Chicago, IL, USA


Diane Ratekin has more than 20 years of experience practicing law with nationally recognized law firms and publicly held corporations. Her practice has concentrated in the areas of corporate transactions, employment, and litigation.

Professional Experience
Diane previously served as Huron's Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining Huron, she was a partner in the Corporate Services Department for the Chicago office of McGuireWoods LLP. Previously, she spent 17 years in the legal department of Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc., formerly known as Zurich Scudder Investments, Inc., and Kemper Financial Services, Inc., where she was a Director and Team Leader of the Corporate and Investments Team. Before that, Diane was a litigator at Jenner & Block.

Diane's corporate transaction work has ranged from Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 compliance work to the spin-off or dissolution of affiliated businesses. She has established a broker/dealer registered with the SEC and drafted and implemented Codes of Ethics for investment advisers. She has extensive experience negotiating contracts of all types, such as leases, purchase and sale contracts, service contracts, employment contracts, and confidentiality agreements.

Diane's experience in employment matters has included successfully resolving an audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, handling numerous discrimination and harassment claims, managing reduction in force programs and addressing issues raised by noncompete or nonsolicitation agreements.

Diane has been responsible for handling civil and criminal litigation, regulatory disputes, arbitrations, and mediations. She has advised her clients in matters relating to a variety of commercial, securities, tort and employment issues, as well as bankruptcy matters and SEC, CFTC, and Department of Labor regulatory disputes. In addition, Diane has had responsibility for procurement of insurance coverage and for the prosecution of her clients' insurance claims.

Education and certification

  • Juris Doctor, with High Distinction, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Iowa


Admitted to practice:

  • Iowa, 1983
  • Illinois, 1984
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1986

Professional associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
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