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Eric Keller

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Paul Hastings LLP

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Global Compensation, Benefits and ERISA Group


Partner, executive compensation, employee benefits, ERISA, privacy and data security


Eric R. Keller is a partner in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents clients in all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law. In this regard, he advises clients regarding tax, labor (including ERISA), financial accounting, securities, and litigation issues. He designs and prepares plan documents and participant communications, negotiates service-provider contracts, and assists clients in developing and operating efficient and prudent plan administration practices. Mr. Keller often advises clients on employment and employee benefits matters in connection with business transactions by conducting due diligence, negotiating and preparing contract provisions, addressing transitional issues, and developing strategies to minimize financial expense and taxation. A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans. Mr. Keller frequently advises plan fiduciaries how to reduce their risk of fiduciary liability for plan investments and represents sponsors of employee benefit plans in voluntary compliance programs maintained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. In the executive compensation area, he advises boards of directors and compensation committees on how to design and implement executive compensation arrangements that comply with Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, stock exchange listing requirements, securities disclosure requirements, and other corporate governance standards. In the employee welfare benefit plan area, Mr. Keller has been chiefly responsible for advising firm clients on Health Care Reform, HIPAA privacy compliance for group health plans, as well as Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and other consumer-driven health plan designs. In addition, he represents plan fiduciaries in administrative claim disputes with participants and contractual disputes with service providers.


American Bar Association, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals


New York University, LL.M in Taxation, 1996 Capital University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995 Ohio University, B.B.A., cum laude, 1992

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

The employee benefits and executive compensation team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Los Angeles-based Stephen Harris, who recently advised Teleperformance on its $1bn acquisition of Intelenet; he also assisted the Dole Food Company with the CEO’s $2bn sale to Total Produce of a 45% stake in the company. Eric Keller leads on matters in the Washington DC office and was recently instructed by Konica Minolta to draft an equity-based compensation plan in connection with a recent acquisition. Dan Stellenberg is a key contact in the San Francisco office, with a recent highlight involving advice on the compensation and benefits-related aspects of private equity firm Francisco Partners’ $2.4bn purchase of Dell Software Group. Other notable clients in the technology sector include Samsung, Sony and Paysafe, while notable private equity clients include Platinum Equity, Marlin Equity and Ashmore Group. Mark Poerio departed the firm for Wagner Law Group.

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