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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation — Massachusetts


Goodwin - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished group of highly skilled practitioners offering expert ERISA advice on both contentious and noncontentious matters. Held in high esteem for its extensive knowledge of executive compensation issues, encompassing areas such as tax, corporate governance and securities. Maintains strong industry sector expertise across financial services, technology and life sciences, and also noted for its prominence in both the private equity and venture capital spaces.

Strengths A market commentator says: "It is a great firm which is consistent with its talent. They are at the top in the city."

Notable practitioners

John Cleary is a "fantastic lawyer" who continues to be "sought out by some pretty strong clients," particularly those in the financial services sector. Cleary has a wealth of expertise in ERISA-related issues and has significant experience with Title I matters in particular.

Scott Webster is notable for his representation of clients in the financial services sector in a broad range of matters, including complex ERISA issues. Market commentators classify him as "really smart and very good at problem solving."

Natascha George has experience with a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including compensation plans and severance packages. Market commentators consider her to be a "go-to in this space."

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished practice providing top-tier counsel in an array of traditional labor and benefits matters, as well as specialist advice in areas such as 401(k) plans, ESOPs, ERISA and ACA. Provides expert counsel to public and private organizations, with particular experience acting for hospitals, universities and other tax-exempt entities. Regularly advises on the drafting of severance packages and employment contracts. Singled out for its strength representing blue-chip clients in benefits matters relating to both national and cross-border transactional work.

Strengths One impressed client states: "The team is well integrated, works well together, ensures the right level of lawyer is available for each issue being addressed and does not miss a beat."

Another interviewee says: "It is an outstanding team committed to delivering outstanding support."

Work highlights Advised Bain Capital Private Equity and Blackhawk Group Holding on various employee benefits matters arising from the proposed sale of Blackhawk Specialty Tools to Frank’s International.

Acted for Kohlberg & Company on employee benefits matters relating to the client's agreement to acquire the ownership interest in MarketCast from PLJ Equity Partners and State Street Global Advisors.

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Jonathan Zorn is hailed by peers as an "excellent lawyer." Zorn is an expert in employee benefits and has a wealth of experience with all manner of ERISA-related issues.

Heralded as a "fantastic executive compensation lawyer," Renata Ferrari assists clients with a range of incentive and compensatory plans. She is adept at handling the compensation aspects of M&A deals. Clients appreciate her "pragmatic approach and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter."

Loretta Richard acts for a broad range of clients, including compensation and benefits committees and public companies. She assists with matters such as compensation issues arising from M&A activity and ERISA plans. "She is very thorough," says one interviewee, adding: "She doesn't miss anything." Another source says: "She is the smartest, most resourceful, most practical attorney I've ever worked with."

Peter Rosenberg regularly assists employers with ERISA and employee benefit issues. Clients consider him to be an "invaluable resource when navigating ERISA issues as they pertain to transactional matters."

About the Team (content provided by Ropes & Gray LLP)

We provide services across all areas, including general advice on all employee benefits matters, strategic tax planning for executive benefits, and counseling on ERISA and ERISA-related litigation. Our attorneys, benefits consultants and actuaries work closely together to provide clients with comprehensive executive compensation and employee benefits services.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/Executive-Compensation-and-Employee-Benefits.aspx

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its representation of private and public entities on both a national and international scale. Offers specialist expertise to clients in the healthcare sector in relation to ACA, corporate governance and retirement, health and welfare plan issues. Additional areas of focus include executive compensation work on behalf of public companies and matters involving significant tax implications. Acts for a number of household-name clients, including companies in the finance and food industries.

Strengths An appreciative source states that the team is "extremely pleasant to work with and gives very practical advice."

Another client says: "The firm is client service-oriented and ensured my company was educated on the subject being addressed, ensuring that future consequences were considered."

Work highlights Retained by ERIC in an action challenging the State of Oregon's new rules relating to its retirement plan, which the client alleges infringes on ERISA.

Advised the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on a variety of employee benefits matters.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Liazos "really is a subject matter expert and keeps on top of best practices and executive compensation trends," says one impressed client. He represents an impressive client list, including a number of international companies, and is an expert in employee benefits matters, ERISA plans and the full range of compensation issues. One interviewee cites working with him as a "superb experience," saying: "He was always available, prepared and thoughtful."

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers valued advice to domestic and international clients across a range of sectors including education, financial services and healthcare. Particular areas of strength include pension trusts, welfare and retirement plans, and all types of matters pertaining to ACA. Regularly assists clients with reporting requirements. Also noted for its counsel on stock and stock-based compensation arrangements.

Strengths "We are impressed with their depth of expertise," says a client.

Another source says: "It is a very strong team - it is an excellent resource and highly valued."

Work highlights Advised the American Staffing Association on the impact of Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.

Advised Emerson College on a variety of benefits matters, including cafeteria, retirement and welfare wrap plans.

Notable practitioners

Alden Bianchi advises on an extensive range of employee benefits issues, including retirement, health and welfare plans, and is an expert in executive compensation matters. "He is a superb practitioner," says a client, with another source noting: "He has an amazing reputation and is good at problem-solving."

About the Team (content provided by Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC)

We represent clients in a broad spectrum of benefits and compensation matters. Our lawyers have participated in hundreds of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate reorganizations, advising sellers, buyers, lenders, and intermediaries on compensation and benefits issues affecting their transactions. More recently, since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, we have counselled many companies on their ACA compliance, including Citigroup and Fidelity.


We are counsel to dozens of 401(k) committees, and our advice is regularly sought out on plan governance and fiduciary compliance. Our lawyers routinely assist large pension funds to engage in sophisticated investment strategies, including equity swaps and other hedging arrangements. We advise multiemployer arrangements and funded welfare trusts. We practice before the IRS, Department of Labor, and the SEC, among other regulatory agencies.

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WilmerHale - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its breadth of knowledge across a diverse range of sectors such as media, life sciences and technology. Regularly called upon to provide global corporations and startup companies with quality advice on the full spectrum of compensation and employee benefits matters including ERISA class actions. Equipped to advise on equity compensation plans. Recommended for its prowess counseling clients on benefits and compensation matters associated with high-value M&A.

Strengths One client notes that they are "very impressed with the team's knowledge and teamwork."

Work highlights Advised Analog Devices on the benefits aspects of its purchase of Linear Technology, including retirement benefit integration.

Assisted Cynosure with the treatment of its shares in a 401(k) plan company stock fund following its sale to Hologic.

Notable practitioners

Deemed "a cut above the rest" by one impressed source, Amy Null continues to advise on various aspects of employee benefit plans, including the relevant tax rules and consequences. She offers expert guidance on ERISA matters.

Kimberly Wethly is praised for her "knowledge and ability to get things done" and the "good sound advice" she offers. Clients consider her "excellent on substance and communication skills." Her clients include executives, companies and compensation committees.

About the Team (content provided by WilmerHale)

Lawyers with deep and broad experience counseling clients in every industry on the design of executive compensation arrangements and on general compensation and benefits issues.

In top management positions and at every level of employment, attracting, retaining and motivating the right personnel is a daily challenge. Legal counsel on compensation policies and practices can play a vital role in meeting this challenge in a manner that properly balances creativity and customization with best practices and ease of administration. Our practice covers the representation of employers, executives and benefits industry service providers in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation and international compensation. The capabilities of our team are strengthened by our colleagues throughout the firm, whether in defending employers against ERISA class actions or with regard to SEC disclosure considerations, or in structuring innovative retirement plan advisory product offerings on behalf of financial institutions, fund formation and securities industry clients.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/executive_compensation_and_employee_benefits/

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Parker Brown Macaulay & Sheerin, P.C. - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique employee benefits firm offering counsel in a range of complex matters such as employer claims against investment and service providers, termination contracts, IRS audits and other related tax matters. Additionally well versed in benefits issues relating to M&A, insolvency and bankruptcy matters.

Strengths Market commentators consider them to have a "strong reputation" in the employee benefits and executive compensation arena.

Notable practitioners

Robert Macaulay has a wealth of expertise in handling a range of welfare plans on behalf of employers. His practice encompasses ERISA and HIPAA issues.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for the breadth of its capabilities in employee benefits matters and for its representation of a range of corporate and individual clients, particularly in the financial services industry. Singled out for its expertise on the tax implications, particularly pertaining to federal income tax law, and considerations of benefit plans, M&A-related matters and compensation arrangements. Adept at advising on healthcare plans.

Strengths A source characterizes the team as "extremely knowledgeable, responsive and very pragmatic."

A pleased source states: "They are an integral part of our business and their contributions are valuable to us at all levels."

Notable practitioners

David Guadagnoli is highly experienced in the tax issues associated with employee benefits. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic" and say that he "offers very practical solutions." Another satisfied client speaks of their "wonderful experience" working with Guadagnoli.

Amy Sheridan advises on deferred compensation matters and a range of employee benefits issues. Clients praise her "deep technical knowledge" and state that "efficiency, engagement and humor are all strengths" of hers.

About the Team (content provided by Sullivan & Worcester LLP)

Sullivan & Worcester's employment & benefits attorneys combine sophisticated techniques with years of experience to help employers develop employment and benefit policies and programs that best fit the needs of their employees. Our team works with employers to formulate practical solutions to a broad range of employment-related problems and help fit compensation and benefit packages into the larger picture, while maximizing the impact of benefit dollars. Our lawyers regularly work with clients on employment discrimination; sexual harassment; employee discipline and discharge; handbooks and policy development; executive contracts; on-site training for managers and employees; and designing and implementing all forms of retirement, welfare, fringe benefit, deferred compensation, and equity compensation plans, in addition to working with individuals on compensation and severance packages and retirement planning. We also regularly advise clients on employee versus independent contractor classification issues.

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Senior Statesperson

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

John Cleary is a "fantastic lawyer" who continues to be "sought out by some pretty strong clients," particularly those in the financial services sector. Cleary has a wealth of expertise in ERISA-related issues and has significant experience with Title I matters in particular.

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Senior Statesperson

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior counsel Jonathan Zorn is hailed by peers as an "excellent lawyer." Zorn is an expert in employee benefits and has a wealth of experience with all manner of ERISA-related issues.

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Band 1

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Alden Bianchi advises on an extensive range of employee benefits issues, including retirement, health and welfare plans, and is an expert in executive compensation matters. "He is a superb practitioner," says a client, with another source noting: "He has an amazing reputation and is good at problem-solving."

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heralded as a "fantastic executive compensation lawyer," Renata Ferrari assists clients with a range of incentive and compensatory plans. She is adept at handling the compensation aspects of M&A deals. Clients appreciate her "pragmatic approach and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter."

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David A Guadagnoli

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Guadagnoli is highly experienced in the tax issues associated with employee benefits. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic" and say that he "offers very practical solutions." Another satisfied client speaks of their "wonderful experience" working with Guadagnoli.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Liazos "really is a subject matter expert and keeps on top of best practices and executive compensation trends," says one impressed client. He represents an impressive client list, including a number of international companies, and is an expert in employee benefits matters, ERISA plans and the full range of compensation issues. One interviewee cites working with him as a "superb experience," saying: "He was always available, prepared and thoughtful."

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Band 1

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Deemed "a cut above the rest"  by one impressed source, Amy Null continues to advise on various aspects of employee benefit plans, including the relevant tax rules and consequences. She offers expert guidance on ERISA matters.

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Band 1

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Webster is notable for his representation of clients in the financial services sector in a broad range of matters, including complex ERISA issues. Market commentators classify him as "really smart and very good at problem solving."

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Band 2

Natascha S George

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Natascha George has experience with a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including compensation plans and severance packages. Market commentators consider her to be a "go-to in this space."

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Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Greene of Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene LLC is well known in the market and described as a "really smart guy who really gets along well with executives." He advises on a variety of compensation packages, including those which are equity-based.

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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hauser of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is noted for his broad practice and held in high regard for his executive compensation work in particular. "He is a smart guy and is very committed to the practice," says an impressed source.

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Robert C Macaulay Jr

Parker Brown Macaulay & Sheerin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Macaulay has a wealth of expertise in handling a range of welfare plans on behalf of employers. His practice encompasses ERISA and HIPAA issues.

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Band 2

Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Marathas of Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP is an experienced executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer. He advises on ERISA issues, as well as various benefit plans.

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Meyers of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP is recognized for his strong executive compensation work. He deals with both tax-qualified and non-qualified plans. One impressed source states that he provided an "exceptional level of service and commitment."

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Loretta Richard acts for a broad range of clients, including compensation and benefits committees and public companies. She assists with matters such as compensation issues arising from M&A activity and ERISA plans. "She is very thorough," says one interviewee, adding: "She doesn't miss anything." Another source says: "She is the smartest, most resourceful, most practical attorney I've ever worked with."

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Peter N Rosenberg

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Rosenberg regularly assists employers with ERISA and employee benefit issues. Clients consider him to be an "invaluable resource when navigating ERISA issues as they pertain to transactional matters."

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Band 2

Kimberly B Wethly

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Kimberly Wethly is praised for her "knowledge and ability to get things done" and the "good sound advice" she offers. Clients consider her "excellent on substance and communication skills." Her clients include executives, companies and compensation committees.

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Band 3

George L Chimento

Chimento & Webb, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

George Chimento of Chimento & Webb, P.C. is a longstanding expert on ERISA matters. His clients range from banks, to colleges, to executives. A commentator considers him to be an "excellent" attorney.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas McCord of Nixon Peabody LLP is an expert in employee benefits who "cuts right to the chase," according to sources. He has a wealth of experience with ERISA matters. McCord acts for a wide range of organizations, including tax-exempt groups.

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The Wagner Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Poerio of The Wagner Law Group advises clients on tax and regulatory issues pertaining to benefit plans, and also has a wealth of experience handling employee benefits issues relating to corporate transactions.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Sheridan advises on deferred compensation matters and a range of employee benefits issues. Clients praise her "deep technical knowledge" and state that "efficiency, engagement and humor are all strengths" of hers.

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Band 3

Lourie & Cutler

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Slavin of Lourie & Cutler possesses significant experience with employee benefits matters and is adept at advising both taxable and tax-exempt clients on retirement plans. Fellow practitioners consider her to be "very good at what she does."

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