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.
Employee Retirement and Health Benefits
Fiduciary Advisory Services
Howard Pianko is the head of Seyfarth Shaw’s New York benefits practice. During his more than thirty-five years of experience in employee benefits law and executive compensation, he has counseled both domestic and international clients on matters running the full benefits gamut. His current practice focuses extensively on fiduciary and plan governance matters, executive compensation (including both domestic and cross-border equity and incentive plans) as well as benefit and employment considerations in M&A transactions, including post-transaction implementation and restructuring.
He is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a founding member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. He has been recognized for his professional expertise by, among others, Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America and also designated as a BTI Client Service All-Star. He originated and co-chairs two PLI programs involving ERISA investment considerations and another focused on the application of ERISA to the health plan space.