Diana Y.Defino


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9548

Diana Defino advises clients on complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including in the context of acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, and executive transitions.

She has counseled clients on more than 70 completed transactions, including Alcoa's recent sale of its rolling mill business to Kaiser Aluminum for $670 million; Shiseido's acquisition of the Drunk Elephant skincare brand for $845 million; and LORD Corporation's acquisition by Parker Hannifin, valued at $3.675 billion.

Diana regularly prepares and negotiates employment, separation, bonus, and change-of-control agreements. She advises clients with respect to equity incentive arrangements and securities-related disclosures. She also counsels clients regarding the administration and compliance of employee benefit plans and arrangements with the Internal Revenue Code and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and drafts and reviews proxy and other disclosures for public company clients. She has also drafted disclosures related to the golden parachute payment tax implications of executive compensation arrangements in both private and public company transactions.

Diana serves as a chair of a subcommittee of the Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee in the Pittsburgh Office. She is a member of the Friends Board of Sisters Place (a Pittsburgh-based charity that provides a supportive housing community to single parent families who are homeless), the Propel Schools Young Professionals Council (a team of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness and support for Propel Schools, which is a group of nonprofit charter schools in the Pittsburgh area), and she serves as a mentor in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Mentoring Program.


  • PPC Flexible Packaging acquires Consumer Packaging Group, LLCJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and its portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC, in PPC's acquisition and financing of the Harland, Wisconsin, based Consumer Packaging Group, LLC.
  • NEP acquires Prysm Collective, Lux Machina And Halon EntertainmentJones Day advised NEP Group in the acquisition of Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment.
  • Follett sells Follett School Solutions to Francisco PartnersJones Day advised Follett Corporation in the sale of Follett School Solutions to Francisco Partners.
  • Noble Environmental acquires GFL landfills, collection assets in Pennsylvania and MarylandJones Day advised Noble Environmental Inc. in the acquisition of multiple disposal, transfer and collections assets in Pennsylvania and Maryland from GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Bally's Corporation acquires Tropicana Evansville casino in series of transactions valued at $624 million in the aggregateJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in the $624 million acquisition of the Tropicana Evansville casino operations from Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Pierian DataJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company, Education 360, LLC, of Pierian Data, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality technology training, with a focus on Python programming language courses, data science courses, and machine learning courses.
  • Genesis Healthcare Partners creates partnership with Triton Pacific Capital Partners to form Urology Partners of AmericaJones Day represented Genesis Healthcare Partners, P.C., a large San Diego-based physician group specializing in comprehensive urologic care, including radiation oncology and gastroenterology, in its sale to Urology Partners of America, LLC, a newly-formed national urology platform backed by Triton Pacific Capital Partners.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Target Labels & Packaging LLCJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packing LLC, of North Salt Lake, Utah-based Target Labels and Packaging LLC.
  • Xact Data Discovery to sell company to Aquiline Capital PartnersJones Day is representing Xact Data Discovery, a leading international provider of eDiscovery, data management, and managed review services for major law firms and corporations and portfolio company of JLL Partners, in connection with its acquisition by Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm.
  • Alcoa sells rolling mill to Kaiser Aluminum for $670 millionJones Day advised Alcoa Corporation in the sale of its rolling mill business located in Warrick County, Indiana, to Kaiser Aluminum Corporation for $670 million.
  • Aesop Auto Parts acquires Wayne Auto Salvage, Inc.Jones Day advised American Pacific Group in its acquisition by operating company Aesop Auto Parts of Wayne Auto Salvage, Inc., a North Carolina auto recycling business.
  • Montauk Renewables completes IPO and dual listing in United States and South AfricaJones Day represented Montauk Renewables, Inc. in connection with its domestic initial public offering of Common Stock with a U.S. primary listing (Nasdaq: MNTK) and South African secondary listing (JSE: MKR).
  • Conagra Brands sold Peter Pan® peanut butter brand to Post Holdings, Inc.Jones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in the sale of its Peter Pan® peanut butter business to Post Holdings, Inc., a consumer packaged goods holding company.
  • American Pacific Group portfolio company acquires PenetrexJones Day represented American Pacific Group in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Wellbeam Consumer Health LLC, formerly Yukon Wellness Holdings LLC, of Penetrex, a leading joint and muscle relief and recovery brand.
  • American Industrial Partners invests $50 million in Orizon AerostructuresJones Day advised American Industrial Partners in its $50 million investment in Orizon Aerostructures, LLC, a market leader in the manufacturing, processing, and assembly of complex aerostructure components for both commercial and defense applications that has significant content on the industry’s highest-profile platforms, including the F-35 and 737.
  • American Pacific Group acquires Eu NaturalJones Day advised American Pacific Group in the acquisition of Eu Natural, a provider of vitamin and mineral nutritional supplement products.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • DataBank acquires zColo for $1.4 billionJones Day advised DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, in connection with the acquisition and financing of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. for $1.4 billion.
  • American Pacific Group acquires Fresche SolutionsJones Day advised American Pacific Group, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, in its acquisition with Northstar Capital of Fresche Solutions, a leading provider of digital transformation and application modernization solutions.
  • Morgan Stanley portfolio company acquires Custom Poly Bag, Inc.Jones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC of Custom Poly Bag, LLC, a leading manufacturer of custom flexible packaging for bakery, protein, medical, and specialty consumer markets, based in Alliance, Ohio.