People: Diane V. Dygert, Partner

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Diane V. Dygert

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5941
Fax: (312) 460-7941
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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.

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

  • “Employer Reporting Obligations Under the Affordable Care Act,” Seyfarth Shaw webinar (June 4, 2015)
  • “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

Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer

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