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Executive Compensation, Benefits & Employment

We provide solution-oriented guidance on executive compensation, employee benefit, and employment law matters to employers and individuals.  

In conjunction with Finn Dixon & Herling’s larger corporate team, we regularly assist with M&A transactions. When confronting compensation, benefit, and employment issues presented by a transaction, we maintain a focus on our client’s ultimate business goals and exercise creativity in achieving them. We have particular experience with private equity transactions, in which appropriately treating and incentivizing the target company’s management team is often critical to a deal’s success. 

For operating companies and their executives, we provide ongoing advice with respect to all aspects of the employment relationship. We advise on compensation issues, including drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and equity awards; compliance issues, including matters relating to worker classification; and benefits issues of all kinds. 

We also work closely with our litigation group in negotiating employee separation agreements and other pre-litigation matters.

The full breadth of our services includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating employment agreements and separation agreements for both companies and individuals.
  • Preparing equity compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, phantom stock, profits interests, and stock appreciation rights.
  • Developing other creative short and long-term incentive compensation arrangements, including when traditional equity compensation plans are impractical.
  • Drafting and negotiating confidentiality, non-competition, and other restrictive covenant agreements.
  • Assisting with all employee-related aspects of M&A transactions including matters arising under Internal Revenue Code Section 280G.
  • Interpreting the requirements of Internal Revenue Code Section 409A with regard to all forms of compensatory arrangements.
  • Providing guidance with respect to employment laws and related compliance concerns.