Practice

Executive & Employee Compensation

Providing comprehensive guidance on the design and implementation of executive compensation and employee benefit plans, programs and agreements.

We help our clients attract and retain the best personnel at all levels of their organizations. Our attorneys offer proactive and pragmatic solutions to the wide range of executive compensation and employee compensationbenefit challenges that can arise in business. Pulling on the tax, benefits, corporate, employment and securities skills needed, we provide a holistic approach to these challenges.

We can work with you to design an array of equity compensation plans and agreements, including:

  • Options
  • Restricted stock
  • Stock appreciation rights
  • Restricted stock units
  • Phantom stock 
  • Compensatory grants of partnership interests

We also design Section 409A-compliant deferred compensation arrangements, and management carve-out and bonus plans. 

Our employee compensation attorneys advise on various issues for M&A and other business transactions, including the treatment of optionsequity awards and Section 280G parachute payment issues.

Our clients also depend on us for advice regarding:

  • Employment and consulting agreements
  • Pension plans, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans
  • Supplemental executive retirement plans
  • Severance plans and agreements
  • Profit sharing plans
  • Savings plansEmployee stock purchase plans
  • Employee stock ownership plans
  • Qualified benefit plans
  • ERISA plan investments in various types of funds
  • Compensation-related disclosure obligations

Areas of Focus

Our team can advise you on matters involving:
  • Cash-based incentive compensation plans and agreements
  • Equity-based incentive compensation plans and agreements
  • Executive Compensation and employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisition and other business transactions.