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Diane V. Dygert

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Ms. Dygert is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP practicing in the area of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation. She frequently provides counsel to clients on voluntary and involuntary severance and reductions in force. Ms. Dygert has substantial experience with both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans as well as health and welfare plans. She has counseled and trained clients extensively on HIPAA privacy compliance and helped implement compliance plans. Ms. Dygert works with clients on establishing and conducting appropriate fiduciary compliance processes—critically important in this era of intense scrutiny. She also focuses on executive compensation matters, including employment and severance agreements, stock options, restricted stock, and performance-based compensation. Ms. Dygert is involved in the international aspects of employee benefits issues.

Ms. Dygert has served as an adjunct professor in the Employee Benefits Graduate Program at John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Dygert was senior counsel at Waste Management, Inc., where she was responsible for legal review of all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1987)
  • B.S., Cornell University (1984)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals

Presentations

  • “Healthcare Reform - Regulatory Update and Action Steps,” Worldwide Employee Benefits—Chicago Chapter (May 22, 2013)
  • “What Are Trends in Health Plan Design and Cost Containment Initiatives?” Seyfarth Shaw 3rd Annual ERISA Roundtable: Health & Welfare Benefits (May 2013)
  • “401(k) Plan Investment and Administration Issues,” PLI's Pension Plan Investments 2012 Conference (April 3, 2012)
  • “Final Deferred Compensation Regulations,” 26th Annual Federal Tax Institutes Chicago-Kent College of Law (May 3-4, 2007)
  • “Final Deferred Compensation Regulations,” Worldwide Employee Benefits—Chicago Chapter (May 23, 2007)
Publications

  • Issue 74: Guidance on Excepted Benefits," Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 23, 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Agencies Issue ACA Guidance on Individual Account Plans and EAPs - Issue 73," Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 18, 2013)
  • “SHOPing Days Delayed -- Issue 71,” Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 26, 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Issue 70: The Employer Coverage Tool and Exchange Verification of Employer-Sponsored Coverage," Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 22, 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Issue 68: Contraceptive Coverage Mandate for Religious Non-Profits," Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 8, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Issue 66: IRS Releases Form Used to Pay PCORI Fee,” Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 10, 2013)
  • Co- Author, “Issue 61: Summaries of Benefits and Coverage - Round 2,” Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 29, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Issue 60: Proposed Guidance Issued on 90-Day Waiting Period,”Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 22, 2013)
  • “Issue 52: More FAQs -- Guidance on Cost-Sharing and Preventive Care,” Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 25, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Issue 50: New Guidance Delays Effective Date for Employer Exchange Notification,” Heath Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 28, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Issue 49: Exchange Eligibility -- Verification and Appeal,” Health Care Reform Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 23, 2013)
  • Co-Author,” Issue 46: Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial and Minimum Valuation and Cost-Sharing Guidance Issued,” Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 3, 2012)
  • Co-author, “Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate; Limits Medicad Enforcement Mechanism,” Health Care Reform, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 29, 2012)
  • “Pension Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions,” Acquisition International (December 2011)
  • “Retirement Plan Distributions Under the United States Tax Treaties,” 10 Journal of Pension Benefits 2 (Winter 2003)
  • “Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts and ERISA’s Fiduciary Requirements: A Workable Approach,” 9 Journal of Pension Benefits 2 (Winter 2002)

Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer
  • The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Practices & Sectors

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Retirement Plans
  • Health & Welfare Benefit Plans
  • HIPAA Privacy & Security
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Equity & Executive Compensation

Specialty Teams

  • Health Care Reform Team
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