Ms Jennifer Neilsson > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 8000
CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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Work Department

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Institutional Investor; Health Law


Institutional Investor Practice Group Steering Committee; Co-Chair, Institutional Investing Practice Group


Ms. Neilsson represents large institutional investors, including tax-exempt corporations, private and governmental defined benefit plans, and voluntary employee beneficiary associations, with respect to making a variety of investments. Specifically, she reviews investment management agreements and private equity, hedge, real estate, fixed income, and emerging market funds.  In connection with her representation of institutional investors, she evaluates risks related to fiduciary duties (under either ERISA or state trust law), corporate/partnership law, and tax law, as well as potential economic concerns.  She regularly analyzes legal issues arising under Title I of ERISA.

Additionally, Ms. Neilsson assists clients with the identification of issues arising under, and assistance in compliance with, the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA and applicable regulatory requirements related to retirement plans and executive compensation arrangements. She assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments, and participant communications.  Ms. Neilsson also helps clients navigate retirement plan corrections and Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits.  Finally, Ms. Neilsson advises with respect to international tax issues that arise in the global workforce, including employer withholding obligations, FBAR filings, and FATCA compliance.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Neilsson was an associate with two Boston-based law firms and worked briefly in-house at a hospital assisting with various retirement plan and executive compensation issues.


LL.M. (Taxation), New York University (2007); J.D., Southern Methodist University, cum laude (2006), Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, SMU Law Review; B.S. (Accounting), Butler University, high honors (2003), Butler Business Scholar

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘dedicated‘ team has significant strength in investor-side mandates, which are the exclusive focus of the practice. Clients include prominent state retirement schemes from a range of industries. Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky (‘extremely proactive and commercial‘) and Jennifer Neilsson in Chicago and Steven Richman in Atlanta are also recommended.

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

According to one client, the ‘down-to-earth’ team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP has ‘a level of knowledge and professionalism that far exceeds all expectations’. A standout mandate for the practice included Richard Schwartz advising David Yurman Enterprises on certain 401(k) and executive compensation agreements; senior counsel Richard Loebl and associate Chelsea McCue in New York were also involved in this matter. Chicago-based Jonathan Karelitz and Jennifer Neilsson act as outside counsel in relation to RR Donnelley’s employee benefit plans, while New York-based Randell Montellaro provides ongoing advice to Northwell Health on a range of issues including 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans and required submissions to the IRS and DOL. Schwartz and Howard Pianko (also based in New York) provide ongoing qualified and non-qualified retirement and executive compensation plan advice, as well as benefit plan consolidation advice to multi-hospital system the University Hospitals Health System. Chair Robert Flanagan and Diane Dygert (chair-elect as of 2019) jointly head the practice from the Chicago office.