David D'Alessandro > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States

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Executive Compensation & Benefits




David D’Alessandro is head of the Executive Compensation and Benefits (ECB) department, where he advises companies on the implementation of executive contracts with a particular focus on the tax and securities issues arising from executive compensation arrangements.

David’s clients include both private and publicly traded companies in a wide range of industries, from energy to financial services. His practice entails both mergers and acquisitions work and day-to-day counseling. He regularly advises clients on matters involving stock options, restricted stock, profits interests, performance-based compensation arrangements, golden parachutes, 409A issues and Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance as well as the structuring of employment, change in control and severance agreements.

Nationally renowned in executive compensation law, David has testified before the U.S. Department of Treasury on the implementation of executive compensation arrangements.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP notably advises public and private companies across the oil and gas and energy sectors on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of high value M&A. The team also continues to see an ever-increasing number of SPAC transactions, as well as REIT mandates, in its workload. Houston-based David D’Alessandro leads the practice and focuses on tax and securities-related issues arising from executive compensation arrangements. In the firm’s Dallas office, Brian Bloom advises public and private companies and tax-exempt employers across the energy, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, while Shane Tucker handles equity-based compensatory arrangements. Based in New York,  Julia Petty was promoted to partner in January 2022, and is commended as a ‘leading expert in the executive compensation field’.