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DLA Piper LLP (US)
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Tax; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Corporate; Employment


Partner; Co-Chair, US Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice


Rita Patel advises clients on employee benefits, executive compensation and business tax matters.

Rita’s experience includes designing and analyzing a broad range of qualified and nonqualified retirement and deferred compensation plans for public and private companies and tax-exempt entities. She has considerable experience advising clients in the correction of plan failures under IRS and Department of Labor correction programs. In addition, Rita provides guidance regarding welfare plans, including multiple employer welfare arrangements. Her broad practice also covers the design and administration of stock option, stock purchase and restricted stock agreements and counseling regarding securities laws as they relate to such equity-based arrangements and nonprofits with no equity.


LL.M, Georgetown University; J.D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; B.A., American University

Lawyer Rankings

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

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) provides the full range of benefits services and has expertise in the design and implementation of qualified retirement plans, ERISA regulation, pension fund investments and welfare benefit plan implementation. Cisco Palao-Ricketts co-heads the practice from Silicon Valley, and has a particular focus on executive compensation in the life sciences and technology sectors. Richard Ashley and Rita Patel also co-head the practice from Chicago and Washington DC respectively; Patel regularly advises public companies on retirement and deferred compensation plans as well as implementing plan failure strategies under IRS and DOL correction programs, and Ashley regularly works with plan administrators on benefit plan compliance and testing issues. New York-based Adrienne Scerbak is a key contact for ERISA Title 1 mandates, and Mark Muedeking is a name to note in the Baltimore office.

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

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full range of benefits, compensation and ERISA issues arising from IPOs, ESOPs and M&A transactions. Palo Alto-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts focuses on equity compensation matters, including golden parachute arrangements for household names in the technology and life sciences sector. In addition, Washington DC-based Rita Patel regularly provides ERISA Title 1 advice in relation to transactions for publicly listed companies and private equity funds, and Richard Ashley is the name to note in Chicago. Clients include Axogen, Marriott International, New York University and Verizon.