Ms Diane Dygert > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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Work Department

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


Ms. Dygert is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department. She has substantial experience with all aspects of health and welfare plans. She is a member of the Health Care Reform Task Force and regularly speaks on and counsels clients regarding implementation of plan design changes, the employer mandate and related topics. She has counseled and trained clients extensively on HIPAA privacy compliance and helped implement compliance plans. She frequently provides counsel to clients on voluntary and involuntary severance and reductions in force. Ms. Dygert also has substantial experience with both qualified and nonqualified retirement 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 LLP, 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.


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


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


Current President of the Women’s Board of Chicago Zoological Society

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s benefits practice has a sizeable portfolio of healthcare clients – including non-profit entities – for which New York-based defined contribution expert Richard Schwartz advises on 403(b) retirement plan integrations and restructurings, plan governance, fiduciary rule guidance, and IRS or DOL audits. Private and publicly-listed companies across the breadth of sectors approach practice head Diane Dygert, New York-based Howard Pianko, senior counsel Joy Sellstrom, and associates Chelsea McCue and Benjamin Conley for health and welfare plan design, Affordable Care Act or HIPAA compliance, 401(k) plan administration, fiduciary risk training and plan terminations. Jon Karelitz brings experience on large-scale pension de-risking projects, while Jake Downing leads on executive compensation issues, non-qualified retirement plans and ESOP negotiations. Unless otherwise stated, the team is based in Chicago.