Experienced Benefits Team

For more than 50 years, our benefits team has advised public and privately held companies on the design and implementation of various employee benefits and compensation programs. We are one of the few firms in the United States with a team comprised of lawyers who devote 100 percent of their time to working on benefits and compensation matters.

We focus on employment transfers, executive retention, severance and hiring, change in control bonus arrangements, equity compensation, golden parachute payments and deferred compensation arrangements. We also work with clients on employee benefit structures with respect to mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and financial restructurings, including many transactions involving bankruptcy.

We advise plan administrators and trustees on Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA) fiduciary determinations and duties, potential conflicts of interest and prohibited transactions. We implement and assist in the administration of all qualified plans — such as 401(k) plans, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP), cash balance plans, pension plans and money purchase plans — as well as nonqualified plans, including Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs), phantom stock retirement programs and all other forms of deferred compensation retirement plans.