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Linda J. Haynes

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5955
Fax: (312) 460-7955
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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.

 

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, Chicago, School of Law (1994)
    cum laude
  • B.S., Purdue University (1987)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Board member of Connections for Abused Women and their Children (2006 to present)

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)