Katie Dean is counsel in the Employment & Benefits practice out of the Chicago office. She advises clients on a wide variety of issues involving employee benefits and executive compensation. Katie has extensive experience advising on employee benefits issues in global and domestic corporate transactions, including qualified plan compliance and pension plan funding issues, multi-employer plan obligations and potential withdrawal liability, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A compliance, continuation of health coverage, and golden parachute payments. She frequently represents underwriters on benefits and compensation matters in issuing representations and warranties insurance in connection with M&A deals. Katie regularly represents issuers, borrowers, underwriters and commercial banks with respect to ERISA Title II and Title IV liabilities in loans and other financial transactions. Her practice also includes the design, communication, administration, correction and amendment of tax-qualified retirement plans, equity-based compensation plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements, such as employment agreements, severance agreements, incentive compensation arrangements and deferred compensation plans.

Spoken Languages

  • English


University of California, Berkeley School of Law, JD

Northwestern University, BS
cum laude


  • Illinois