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Lynne is co-chair of the Compensation and Employment Group.  She concentrates her practice in employment and labor law, employee benefits and executive compensation.  Her practice has provided her with a breadth of experience in all aspects of a company's relationships with its executives and other employees, including executive employment, severance and compensation agreements and arrangements.  She regularly advises clients on the tax law and ERISA requirements of tax-qualified retirement plans and represents clients before the IRS and DOL in connection with tax-qualified plans. Lynne has extensive experience in the employment, employee benefit and executive compensation issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions and liquidations.

Lynne advises organizations of all sizes in many different industries, including non-profit entities, in employment and labor law matters, from hiring (including background checks, drug testing, offer letters, and employment agreements), on-going compliance (including Federal and state wage hour compliance, sexual harassment and discrimination, retirement and welfare benefits, performance reviews, reasonable accommodation under the ADA, leave requirements under the FMLA and various state leave laws, and discipline issues) and termination issues including WARN Act compliance. Additionally, Lynne’s practice includes investigations into harassment and discrimination complaints, and the resolution of disputes in the employment context, including private dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation.

Lynne is Chair of the Firm's Wellness Committee and is an active member of its Insurance  Committee.  She oversees the Firm's human resources department on behalf of the partnership.

Representative Experience

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Committees

Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Board of Directors, Child Care Center of Evanston, Inc. (1996-2013)
  • Board of Directors, Evanston Junior Wildcats Baseball Association (2005-2008)

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

  • 2010 "Employment Law Update," Brown Palace Network,(Dallas, TX)
  • 2008 "Employee Benefits Legislative Update," Worldwide Employee Benefit (WEB) Network
  • 2008 "Protecting Your Franchise: Employment Concerns," Brown Palace Network, (Denver, CO)
  • 2007 "The Supervisor & the Law," Illinois Bankers Association Supervisor's School
  • 2006 "Employee Handbooks," Community Bankers Association of Illinois

Articles & Publications

Education

Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989

University of Michigan, B.A., 1985

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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