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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s executive compensation team advises on transactions, corporate governance, and ERISA compliance issues. Highlights included Michael Albano’s work on Airgas’ acquisition by L’Air Liquide, and Western Digital’s $19bn purchase of SanDisk. Arthur Kohn handled the compensation issues in Natixis’ acquisition of a majority stake in PJSC. The firm was engaged by Coca-Cola to oversee the merger of three European bottling entities; this transaction was spearheaded by counsel Kathleen Emberger. Counsel Mary Alcock advised Google on a $4bn credit facility and a $5bn commercial paper program. Robert Raymond is also a key contact. All named attorneys are based in New York.

The executive compensation group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is prominent in mid-market private equity transactions, especially in the healthcare and technology sectors. Practice head Edmond FitzGerald advised Aetna on its proposed but ultimately canceled $37bn purchase of Humana alongside new partner Veronica Wissel. Other notable highlights included Jeffrey Crandall’s work on Technip’s combination with FMC Technologies and Markit’s all-share merger with HIS. Emerson enlisted the firm to handle several transactions, including the sale of its Network Power division and the acquisition of Pentair’s Valves & Controls business. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team is led by New York-based Scott Price and advises an enviable client roster featuring 3G Capital, Carlyle and Avis. Michael Krasnovsky advised Cerberus Capital Management on the carve-out of Avon’s North American business and strategic investment in Avon’s international business, and handled Corning’s strategic realignment of its interest in its joint venture with Dow. Other notable highlights included Exelon’s acquisition of Pepco, KKR’s investment in the UFC, and Price’s work on behalf of Baxalta regarding its $32bn unsolicited takeover by Shire. Laura Bader joined Jones Day.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group is attached to the firm’s tax practice and works closely with the corporate team. New York-based practice co-chair Bradd Williamson advised Leonard Green on the compensation issues involved in its acquisition of ExamWorks, and assisted Odyssey with its purchase of Aero Precision. Los Angeles-based of counsel James Barrall, a former practice co-chair, assisted Legendary Entertainment with the sale of a majority stake to Dalian Wanda, and represented Caesars in the carve-out sale of its mobile gaming business Playtika. Washington DC-based David Della Rocca and Adam Kestenbaum worked on various transactions for Carlyle; Laurence Seymour (Los Angeles) and Lori Goodman (New York) are also key contacts.

The executive compensation team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPgoes above and beyond for its clients’ and advises them on the creation and modification of executive incentives and change-of-control contracts. Robert Fleder heads the practice and assisted Walter Energy with all aspects of its Chapter 11 case, including the sale of all of its core mining and operating assets. Andrew Gaines advised on Time Warner’s $78.7bn merger with Charter Communications, and Lawrence Witdorchic worked on several transactions for Apollo Global Management. Other notable clients include DreamWorks, VICE, and Viacom. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP specializes in compensation advice on high-profile private equity transactions. The practice was reinforced by senior counsel Erin Murphy in Palo Alto from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and newly promoted partner Andrew Blau, who is assisting team head Brian Robbins with CNCC’s $43bn acquisition of Syngenta. Greg Grogan is advising Microsoft on equity compensation arrangements in dozens of jurisdictions in relation to its all-cash acquisition of LinkedIn, and has previously advised Microsoft on its purchases of Skype and Nokia’s phone business. Hilton also engaged the practice to oversee its separation into three separate business entities. Named attorneys are based in New York except where noted otherwise.

Regina Olshan leads the New York-based employee benefits and executive compensation practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Olshan advised DuPont on the labor and employment aspects of its $130bn merger of equals with Dow Chemical - a transaction which will create DowDuPont - and its subsequent separation into three publicly traded entities. The team also represented EMC in its acquisition by Dell and assisted Rite Aid with its sale to Walgreens Boots Alliance, both under the leadership of Neil Leff. Other notable clients include NXP, Merck, and Yahoo!

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP centers its practice on high-profile corporate transactions. The team, which is spearheaded by acquisitions and divestitures expert Matthew Friestedt and Marc Trevino, was strengthened by the promotion to partner of Heather Coleman, who represented AIG in its joint venture with subsidiaries of Hamilton and Two Sigma to create Attune. Friestedt advised ACE on its $29.5bn acquisition of Chubb, and assisted Cablevision with its sale to Altice. The group also advised on FirstMerit’s merger with Huntington and assisted with First Niagara Financial Group’s $4.1bn acquisition by KeyCorp; Trevino and special counsel Rebecca Coccaro in Washington DC led on these matters. Named attorneys are based in New York except where noted otherwise.

Leading M&A firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz advises clients on the executive compensation aspects of various corporate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and IPOs. Financial sector specialist Jeannemarie O’Brien handles high-value deals and compensation structures, while Andrea Wahlquist is an expert in the acquisition and management of portfolio companies for private equity sponsors. The team is headed by Michael Segal, who acts for senior executives; key contacts also include spin-offs and corporate governance expert Adam Shapiro.

Baker McKenzie LLP promoted Victor Flores and Lindsey Minnis to partner in the San Francisco and New York offices respectively. Practice co-heads Valerie Diamond and Maura Ann McBreen, based in San Francisco and Chicago respectively, demonstrated the firm’s capabilities in the technology sector in advising on executive compensation matters for SanDisk and Western Digital, and Microchip. Chicago-based Brian Wydajewski is another name to note.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides ‘the highest level of service’ in executive compensation and is ‘absolutely at the top of the scale’, according to clients. Practice head Eric Hilfers advised British American Tobacco on its $93bn merger with Reynolds American, and Jennifer Conway represented IBM in numerous transactions over the past year, including its acquisition of Bluewolf and The Weather Company’s produce and technology business. New partner Jonathan Katz handled matters for Alere, Mylan, and Starwood and is also a key contact.

The New York-based group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is led by Lawrence Cagney. The Dolan family enlisted the firm to oversee Cablevision’s $17.7bn sale to Altice - a matter led by Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky. Cagney advised Activision Blizzard on its acquisition of King Digital, and assisted StanCorp with its sale to Meiji Yasuda. The team also advises Apple, Walt Disney Allianz and UBS on various employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Jonathan Lewis and Meir Katz represented Prudential in the de-risking of its group annuity contracts.

Clients engage the team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP to negotiate, structure and document compensation arrangements for executive staff, especially in the context of corporate transactions. Jeffrey Ross and newly promoted partner Adam Kaminsky, who is based in Washington DC, handled the complicated acquisition of an equity stake in Genesys by affiliates of Hellman & Friedman, which involved negotiations surrounding the treatment of vested equity. Practice head Donald Carleen advised Media General on several transactions, including its $4.6bn merger with Nexstar, its merger with Meredith, and its agreements to divest a total of five stations in a sale to Graham Media and Gray Television. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York except where noted otherwise.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s executive compensation team ‘understands what is practical instead of simply idealistic’ and acts for an impressive client roster, including Liberty Mutual, Apple Inc, and MasterCard. Chicago-based Diane Morgenthalerknows her audience and takes the time to understand who she is working with’; she led the advice on Evonik’s cross-border acquisition of Air Products’ performance material division. Steven Eckhaus and Erin Kartheiser joined the practice in New York and Chicago respectively, and are key contacts. Since publication, David Rogers has moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

Spearheaded by Steven Spencer in Philadelphia and Craig Bitman in New York, the ‘very knowledgeable, timely and practical’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises on all areas of benefits and compensation. The firm was engaged to represent Health Net in the closing of its public merger with Centene, and the Philadelphia-based Amy Pocino Kelly assisted TriMark USA with multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability in two recent transactions alongside newly promoted partner Randall McGeorge, who works from the Pittsburgh office. Other notable clients include Honeywell, Armstrong and Conning & Company.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s nationwide executive compensation team provides ERISA advice in relation to capital transactions, bankruptcies, IPOs and other matters and a does significant amount of work in the private investment sector. Seth Safra joined Paul Hamburger and Myron Rumeld’s team from Covington & Burling LLP and has represented clients with regard to DOL and IRS audits. Andrea Rattner advised on M&A transactions for clients including C-III Capital Partner, Celgene, and the International Securities Exchange; Washington DC-based Joshua Miller led the work for New York REIT, MLG, and Upstream Rehabilitation. The firm also demonstrated its prominence in the sports industry by assisting the NHL with its expansion into Las Vegas and represented the NBA in its collective bargaining negotiations with the NBAPA. Named attorneys are based in New York except where otherwise noted.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s team advises on the ERISA compliance and compensation aspects of M&A, finance and capital markets transactions. Recent highlights include practice head Doreen Lilienfeld’s work on GE’s merger of its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes to create a new publicly traded company, and her advice to on its $2.8bn public tender offer for Demandware. John Cannon assisted B/E Aerospace in its merger with Rockwell Collins, and advised Japanese insurance company Sompo on its acquisition of Endurance Specialty. Linda Rappaport is also a key contact. Gillian Moldowan joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Named attorneys are based in New York.

The ‘highly responsive and capable’ New York-based compensation group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a diverse roster of large corporate clients, private equity sponsors, and their portfolio companies with ‘a quality and cost that are top tier’. Paul Wessel leads the team and advises clients on high-value and cross-border M&A transactions, such as Dow’s $130bn merger with DuPont, and Sanofi’s $25bn exchange of Merial, its veterinary pharmaceutical provider, for Boehringer Ingelheim’s consumer healthcare business. Clients such as Omers and Advent solicited the ‘extremely knowledgeable and highly experiencedMichael Nissan to work on their transactions. Sarah Downie joined the firm in 2016 and handled Avolon’s acquisition of CIT’s aircraft leasing business. Amy Rubin is also a key contact.

Dechert LLP’s attorneys are ‘among the brightest lights and always appropriately aggressive’ and represent clients in both private and public M&A transactions. Led by Andrew Oringer in New York and the Philadelphia-based David Jones, the practice acted for clients such as Monster, B&G and Credit Suisse in 2016. Eric Rubin, who works with Jones in Philadelphia, advised GIC - the sovereign wealth fund established by the government of Singapore - on the acquisition, alongside Silver Lake, of a substantial stake in

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s six-partner executive compensation team is led out of Washington DC by Mark Smith and represents both employee plan sponsors and providers in matters relating to plan design, compliance and corporate transactions. Adam Cohen advised a leading global food brand on a cross-border merger with several European entities, while Meredith O’Leary assisted MassMutual with its acquisition of MetLife’s retail adviser business. The firm also acted for a longstanding client in the telecoms sector with respect to a merger. Vanessa Scott is also a key contact.

Groom Law Group handles benefits and executive compensation issues in a wide range of corporate transactions for clients such as Toshiba and Hess, and is particular strong in the area of spin-offs. Jon Breyfogle is ‘a standout in the employee benefits world’; he represents benefits plans in front of federal regulatory bodies and advises on multi-employer pension plans alongside Jennifer Eller, Jeff Kroh and Jeff Witt. The practice is based in Washington DC and is headed by John McGuiness.

Hogan Lovells US LLP has established an enviable inventory of clients in the technology and media sectors and handles executive compensation issues related to mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. Practice co-chair Margaret de Lisser is based in Washington DC and led a cross-practice team advising Dell on its sale of its global IT services to NTT Data as part of its strategy to fund its pending acquisition of EMC. The New York-based Martha Steinman advised GE on matters relating to the sale of its healthcare financial services business to Capital One, the second divestiture in GE’s plan to sell most of its financing arm. Washington DC-based Carin Carithers is also a key contact and acted for American Homes 4 Rent and Daimler.

The executive compensation lawyers at Jones Day have ‘substantive knowledge’ and ‘the quality of their advice is top notch’. New York-based Daniel Hagen leads the generalist practice with Washington DC-based Evan Miller and assisted Reynolds American with the sale of its international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and trademarks to JT. Other work highlights included working on Excelis’ acquisition by Harris, including advising on antitrust, employee benefits and tax issues; and assisting Explorys in its merger with IBM. In Chicago, Erik Lundgren joined from Winston & Strawn LLP and Laura Bader joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, while pensions and tax specialist Victor Chang joined in Washington DC.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered specializes in compliance with respect to tax and federal regulatory authorities. Elizabeth Drake and Frederick Oliphant conduct internal investigations for major financial institutions in relation to IRS and DOL audits. Highlights also included domestic and cross-border de-risking transactions as well as ESOP and deferred compensation agreements. Since publication, Marianna Dyson has joined Covington & Burling as of counsel.

Morrison & Foerster LLP advises private equity clients on corporate governance and compensation issues in M&A transactions. Recent work includes assisting DaVita with its acquisition of Renal Ventures, and advising Brookfield on its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Holtwood - an entity owned by Talen. The practice is led from San Francisco by Paul Borden, who advised IMT on the formation of a $630m private equity fund, while New York-based Domnick Bozzetti worked on cross-border transactions such as Futamura’s acquisition of Innovia’s cellophane business.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP focuses its four-partner practice on the technology, software and financial services sectors, and advises individuals as well as large corporate clients. Cisco retains the group for all its tax and equity compensation matters, including proxy disclosures, and benefited from San Francisco-based practice leader Jonathan Ocker’s advice regarding the acquisitions of Open DNS, Jasper, and Cliqr. Laura Becking is based in New York and represents Facebook and Snap in all of their cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation needs. Other notable clients include Visa, The Gap, and Keysight. Michael Yang was appointed to partner in the Menlo Park office.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s executive compensation practice is led by New York’s Susan Serota, whom clients praise as providing ‘guidance in a well-thought-out fashion’, and is ‘very responsive, timely and knowledgeable of current issues and trends’. Recent work highlights include advising NTT Data on its acquisition of Dell Services, and representing BancWest - a subsidiary of BNP Paribas - in the spin-off and first public offering of First Hawaiian Bank.

The Boston-based executive compensation practice at Ropes & Gray LLP works closely with the firm’s transactional team and advises on benefits due diligence, the implementation of new employment agreements, and compliance with ERISA regulations. Renata Ferrari and Loretta Richard lead the group from Boston and the pair advised Mattress Firm on its takeover by Steinhoff and assisted TSSP with its acquisition of part of Credit Suisse’s distressed portfolio. Jonathan Zorn assisted Shire in its merger with Baxalta, while Jennifer Rikoski acted for Bain in the sale of Blue Coat to Symantec.

Sidley Austin LLP is ‘superior’, according to some, and provides ‘excellent services in all areas’. Beth Dickstein and Matthew Johnson lead the executive compensation practice from Chicago; Michael Frank is a new addition in Palo Alto from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The firm was engaged by Donnelley to advise on the spin-offs of LSC and DFS to create three independent publicly traded companies; this was led by Mary Niehaus. Johnson advised on Cabela’s merger with Bass Pro Shops and the sale of its credit card business to Capital One. Other notable clients include AT&T, Keurig Green Mountain and Harris.

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents clients in a vast range of compensation matters. The firm was engaged by Avenue Capital and other equity investors to advise on their plan to assume control of Oncor, a transmission and distribution utility, before the plan was aborted. Practice head David D’Alessandro advised on the $16bn three-way merger between two NorthStar entities and Colony; and assisted portfolio company Nexeo in its merger with WL Ross. George Gerachis in Houston, who leads the practice alongside Dallas-based D’Alessandro, provides tax-related advice and is also a key contact. Stephen Jacobson was recently promoted to partner.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s New York-based executive compensation team is led by Michael Katz and advises clients such as Citigroup, Aberdeen and Bloomberg on ERISA obligations and benefits plans in connection with corporate transactions. Jordan Messinger, John Schwolsky and Laura Delanoy advised MetLife on the sale of its retail adviser arm to MassMutual. The firm also assisted Colony Capital in its $17bn cross-border merger with NorthStar, and MedAssets with its sale to Pamplona. Peter Haller is also a key contact.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s compensation attorneys are based in New York and Chicago, and handle all benefits issues arising from transactions entered into by the firm’s corporate clients. Practice head Michael Falk provides ongoing advice on benefits and incentive compensation plans, while Scott Landau advised Verizon on its landmark acquisition of Yahoo! and on its takeover of Fleetmatics, Telogis and Sensity. Steve Flores was promoted to partner in September 2016. Since publication, leading lawyer David Rogers has joined the firm’s Washington DC office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘on top of current issues but also cognizant of where trends are headed’. Gail Stewart, who heads the benefits and compensation team from Houston is ‘the gold standard, and no other firm has anyone who can come close to her’, according to one client. Recent work includes Dallas-based Eric Winwood’s advice on Hunt’s purchase of Oncor as part of EFH’s bankruptcy proceedings, and on Halliburton’s acquisition of Baker Hughes’ outstanding shares in a cash and stock transaction.

Spearheaded by Bruce Jocz in Houston, the team at Bracewell LLP typically advises clients in the energy industry on the benefits and compensation aspects of their transactions. Great Plains engaged the firm to oversee its pending acquisition of Westar, which involves a bridge loan from Goldman Sachs and a preferred stock investment. Scott Sanders advised Kinder Morgan on the sale of 50% of its equity interest in the Utopia pipeline project to Riverstone, and is assisting Venoco and affiliates in relation to its Chapter 11 proceedings.

The New York-based practice at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP provides advice on fiduciary standards and transactional matters. In the corporate space, the firm assisted The Medicines Company with the divestiture of three of its cardiovascular products to Chiesi Farmaceutici. The firm also represented the senior management of NYU Lutheran in connection with their separation of employment after their acquisition by NYU Langstone Medical Center. Practice head James Frazier and Linda Swartz are also key contacts. Gillian Moldowan moved to Shearman & Sterling LLP.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ten-partner benefits and executive compensation team is led by Cisco Palao-Ricketts in Palo Alto, Rita Patel in Washington DC, and Rich Ashley in Chicago. The group advises major corporate and financial services clients, and handled all benefits and compensation issues related to the acquisition of a leading American telecoms company. Ian Kopelman and Anne Pachciarek in Chicago act on multimillion-dollar deals and are also key contacts.

Michael Collins and Stephen Fackler lead the benefits and compensation practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP from Washington DC and Palo Alto respectively. The practice provides comprehensive and integrated advice regarding equity compensation and benefits plans. The firm advised Marriott on its $12.4bn acquisition of Starwood, and assisted Williams Companies with its proposed but ultimately canceled takeover by Energy Transfer Equity. Sean Feller works from Century City and is also a key contact.

Goodwin’s practice cuts across four departments - real estate, technology, private equity and financial services - and counts Opower, Xoom and GE Asset Management among its clients. In Boston, Scott Webster heads the practice and advised Russell Investments on its acquisition by TA Associates alongside Natascha George, who also handled Fleetmatics’ $2.4bn sale to Verizon. In Menlo Park, Lynda Galligan advised Atlassian on matters related to its IPO, and Alessandra Murata joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Mayer Brown’s executive compensation team is led by Maureen Gorman in Palo Alto and advises domestic and international corporations. Recent highlights include Ryan Liebl’s work on the acquisition of PrivateBancorp by CIBC, and Debra Hoffman’s advice to Textura regarding its acquisition by Oracle. Lennine Occhino assisted an international private equity fund with the structuring and offering of an investment vehicle. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where otherwise indicated.

Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘technically sound but also commercial and user-friendly’ advice for ‘fees that represent good value for money’ and advises clients such as Equinox and Brocade. Mark Poerio in Washington DC jointly leads the team with Lawrence Hass in New York and Los Angeles-based Stephen Harris, who supports the firm’s corporate practice by handling the benefits issues of major transactions. Washington DC-based Eric Keller is also a key contact.

Vedder Price represents high-profile senior executives and financial services companies in benefits and compensation matters. Co-chaired by Thomas Desmond and Kelly Starr, the practice handled the transition of senior management personnel in Baxalta’s acquisition by Shire, and was brought in by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to advise on the employment agreements of PrivateBancorp’s management team and CEO in connection with its purchase by CIBC. Robert Simon assisted several senior executives and is also a key contact. Named attorneys are based in Chicago.

White & Case LLP’s employment, compensation and benefits team works closely with the firm’s corporate practice and provides advice with regard to private and public M&A, banking, and financing transactions. Key contacts include New York-based practice head Henrik Patel, who advised Fortis on its $11.3bn acquisition of ITC Holdings alongside GIC, and assisted Qingdao Haier with its purchase of GE’s appliances business. Counsel Kenneth Barr handles 409(a) and tax-related issues and is also a key contact.

Arent Fox LLP’s compensation practice provides an ‘ideal client/counsel relationship’ and is led from Washington DC by the ‘amazing, phenomenal and second-to-none’ Quana Jew as well as Bill Charyk. The group advised Par Pharmaceutical on its $8bn sale to Endo, and is regularly contracted by other firms such as Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to handle the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions.

Baker & Hostetler LLP handles transactional-related compensation issues from its Ohio offices, spearheaded by Raymond Malone and Georgeanne Peters. The former led the advice on longstanding client Scripps’ digital media purchases, while Peters assisted TRW Automotive with the liquidation of its existing deferred compensation arrangement and the implementation of a new one after its acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen. The firm also represents clients in the healthcare sector, including Trinity Health, Cardinal Health, and OhioHealth.

Gregory Keating heads Choate, Hall & Stewart’s four-partner Boston-based executive compensation and benefits department, where ‘the level of service is outstanding’. Clients heavily recommend ‘exceptional practitioner’ Arthur Meyers, who handles employment and relocation agreements for senior executives, and handles stock purchase plans and equity structures. Notable clients include Aon Hewitt, Brooks Automation and Putnam; Sean Monahan is also a key contact.

The employment lawyers at Clifford Chance advise on transactional compensation issues and clients ‘rate them highly’. Working closely with the firm’s corporate practice, team leader Howard Adler assisted clients with acquisitions and spin-offs in the insurance and real estate sectors, while counsel Robert Stone assisted in work for clients such as Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Colony Capital and Fidelis. Associate Janice Chan joined from Ropes & Gray LLP and is also recommended by clients. Named lawyers are all based in New York.

Dentons handles equity and cash-based incentive plans, change in control issues, fiduciary advice, and M&A transactions. Kansas City-based Martin Moderson leads the multi-office team. In Chicago, Pamela Baker advised Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company with regard to its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard and related restructuring. Washington DC-based employee benefits specialist Michael Maryn restructured an entire equity compensation program and designed the equity rollover structure for a client in anticipation of a sale. Daniel Lange in Chicago is also a key contact.

Jenner & Block LLP advises on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for clients such as General Dynamics, Hertz and Nissan. The four-partner team is led from Chicago by Matthew Renaud and recently handled multi-jurisdictional divestiture, spin-off and de-risking projects. Sarah Haddy was promoted to partner in January 2017.

King & Spalding LLP’s team regularly advises on the ERISA aspects of real estate and other transactions. Recent examples include New York-based Kenneth Raskin advising Jamestown Premier Partnership Fund on its acquisition of several high-profile real estate assets, including Chelsea Market and One Times Square in New York. In the Atlanta office, Sam Choy and associate Ryan Gorman acted for a publicly traded client with respects to the design and implementation of executive benefit programs for its expatriate workforce, including senior executive compensation based on the client’s common stock performance. Other work highlights include assisting an affiliate of Roark Capital Group with a growth equity investment in Orangetheory Fitness. Based in New York, senior associate Laura Westfall plays a key supportive role in the team and is also a key contact.

Headed from New York by Steven Rabitz, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP’s team regularly works on transactions, advising on the associated compensation issues. Recent highlights include advising HH Liquidation on its Chapter 11 proceedings, and assisting an ad hoc group of holders of Avaya Inc notes regarding the restructuring of Avaya’s capital structure. The ‘creative, smart and established’ Rabitz acted for JPMorgan in the structuring of a tax-driven investment vehicle to permit clients to acquire 49% in a private REIT and other corporate entities. Marissa Holob is another key name.

WilmerHale’s team represent employers and executives in ERISA regulation and executive compensation issues and has a notable cross-border practice. Led by Scott Kilgore in Washington DC and Amy Null and ‘great listener and excellent attorney’ Kimberly Wethly in Boston, the practice advises clients such as Asics, American Science and Engineering, and Demandware on various M&A transactions.

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