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Stephen Harris

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Global Employee Benefits, ERISA and Executive Compensation


Stephen Harris is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and co-chair of the department’s Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA practice. Based on the West Coast, he devotes his practice to executive compensation, employee benefits, and workforce restructuring matters. Mr. Harris advises clients regarding plan design, administration, and fiduciary issues and represents clients in benefits litigation. His employee benefits practice focuses on designing, implementing, interpreting and litigating claims related to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, domestic and international executive contracts, stock option and other equity plans, severance plans, and vacation plans. He advises clients on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, and HIPAA compliance, as well as the federal WARN Act and various state analogs, and counsels qualified plan fiduciaries how to best limit fiduciary liability concerns.


University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996 University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 1993


Scuba, running, hiking.

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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