Jeffrey Bakker > Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
SUITE 1700
United States

Work Department

Labor & Employment




Jeff represents companies with respect to a wide array of executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including: designing and preparing deferred compensation and equity compensation plans; ensuring tax and ERISA compliance of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans (including defined contribution, defined benefit and cash balance plans); advising clients as to their fiduciary responsibilities with respect to employee benefit plans; and counseling clients on the administration of welfare benefit plans (including matters related to the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act). His practice also includes providing assistance in the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions and the negotiation and preparation of employment and separation agreements.


National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

American Bar Association


University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1997), magna cum laude

Monmouth College (B.A., 1990), magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP’s ‘extremely collaborative’ employee benefits and executive compensation team counts financial, retail, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, as well as individual executives, among its key roster of clients. The Chicago-based practice is led by Patricia Cain, who advises on de-risking strategies for pension plans and executive compensation programs. Jeffrey Bakker focuses on ERISA and tax compliance issues relating to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, while Linda Hoseman has experience in advising clients on health and welfare plans.