Cynthia Van Bogaert

Washington, DC

Cynthia A. Van Bogaert retired in 2020 after working in a variety of employee benefits practice settings. After a rewarding career of helping great clients deal with interesting employee benefits problems and gaining even more knowledge by teaching seminars on employee benefits, Cindy had a very special opportunity at the end of her career to work at the IRS. She was pleased to be able to use that practical knowledge in the drafting of guidance at the IRS.

After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a math undergraduate degree and then a law degree, Cindy began her legal career at U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, PA in the tax division in 1983. She eventually ended up back in the Midwest at another steel company, Inland Steel Industries where she got a terrific introduction to employee benefits law by working in-house on qualified domestic domestic relations orders for their very large pension plans, helping with the ESOP implementation, and working on compliance issues with the talented in-house Human Resources and Finance departments.

She worked at Boardman Law Firm/Boardman & Clark eventually as a partner in Madison, Wisconsin, from 1996 to 2012. She was able to write for the EBIA 401(k) book and speak for EBIA and other seminar providers. She also was an author of a 401(k) column on She was involved with the ABA, ALI-ABA, and many other benefits groups. She was National President of WEB, the Worldwide Employee Benefits network. She served on the ACEBC Board of Governors. She served as a trustee on the State of Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds.

In 2012, Cindy went to work at the IRS Division of Tax Exempt and Government Entities Employee Plans and, after a restructuring, eventually moved to the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel Tax Exempt and Government Entities Qualified Plans in Washington, DC until retirement in 2020. To her delight, she was able to work on many of her concerns from her practice days, such as missing participant issues (see, e.g., Rev. Rul. 2018-17 and Notice 2018-90 regarding IRAs and State Unclaimed Property Funds) and mid-year changes to safe harbor plans (Notice 2016-16).