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Linda J. Haynes

Linda J. Haynes

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Area of Practice

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Experience

Linda J. Haynes is a partner practicing in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department.  She has substantial experience counseling mid-sized to Fortune 500 clients in all elements of employee benefit plans and executive compensation.  Ms. Haynes regularly counsels public and private clients in connection with the design, development and on-going compliance of their employee benefit programs, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health plans, cafeteria plans, and other types of welfare plans.

Ms. Haynes has significant experience in advising clients concerning their defined benefit pension plans, including cash balance and pension equity plans.  In addition, Ms. Haynes has extensive experience in developing and implementing executive compensation programs (including equity-based and deferred-compensation programs) for public and private companies.  Ms. Haynes’ practice also includes advising clients on employee benefits and executive compensation issues raised in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.

She has substantial experience in advising employee benefit plan fiduciaries regarding their duties and responsibilities. For numerous clients, Ms. Haynes routinely participates in their fiduciary committee meetings.  She frequently conducts training for fiduciary committees, including training regarding general fiduciary duties under ERISA, prohibited transactions and current developments.  Ms. Haynes regularly advises clients regarding fiduciary issues and obligations raised by proposed plan investments.  In addition, she counsels clients regarding employee benefit plan investment policies, negotiates investment management agreements, and reviews alternative investment vehicles.  Ms. Haynes works closely with the firm’s Employee Benefits Litigation group in cases involving complex ERISA issues, including fiduciary issues and hybrid defined benefit plan issues.

Education

J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, cum laude (1994)

B.S., Purdue University (1987)

Admissions

Illinois

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Board member of Connections for Abused Women and their Children (2006 to present)

Publications

Co-Author, "The DOL Fiduciary Definition Regulations are Here . . . Really They are Finally Here," Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Management Alert (April 18, 2016)

Co-Author, “PBGC Issues New Proposed Rule on Reportable Events,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP - One Minute Memo (April 11, 2013)

Co-Author, “Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Management Alert (December 11, 2012)

Co-Author, “IRS Final Regulations Allow Pension Plan Sponsors in Bankruptcy to Eliminate Prohibited Payment Options,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP - One Minute Memo (November 13, 2012)

Presentations

"The DOL Fiduciary Definition Regulations are Here . . . Really They are Finally Here," Roundtable, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY (May 3, 2016)

"The DOL Fiduciary Definition Regulations are Here . . . Really They are Finally Here," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 27, 2016)

“UCR and Provider Fraud Litigation -- What Every Health Plan Fiduciary and Plan Sponsor Needs To Know,” Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (February 13, 2014)

“QPAM Compliance Audits: How Asset Managers Can Minimize Regulatory Risks and the Cost of Breach,” Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (May 1, 2013)

“ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2013,” presented by the Practicing Law Institute (February 6, 2013)

“ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2012,” presented by the Practicing Law Institute (February 8, 2012)

“2011 Multiemployer Pension Plan Update for Participating Employers,” Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (June 7, 2011)

“ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2011,” presented by the Practicing Law Institute (February 23, 2011)

“ERISA Class Action Trends: Trial and Settlement Strategies,” Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (March 17, 2010)

“How ‘Stable’ is Your ERISA Plan’s Stable Value Fund?” Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (May 2009)

“Plan Fiduciaries: Navigating the Current Economic Storm, “ Webinar presented by Seyfarth Shaw (June 2009)

Linda J. Haynes is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Fiduciary Training - ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Fiduciary Training - Fiduciary Training, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Fiduciary Training - Fiduciary Training, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Fiduciary Training - Fiduciary Training, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Friday, March 24, 2017, New York, NY
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