Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Law

Smith & Downey has extensive experience in counseling a wide variety of employers nationwide on employee benefits and executive compensation issues. The firm also is counsel to a number of employee benefits and executive compensation consulting and administration firms, and occasionally counsels particular executive employees.

Smith & Downey regularly advises clients concerning employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. The firm also has considerable experience in applying federal and state securities laws to employee benefit and executive compensation plans, including the preparation of SEC registration statements for equity compensation arrangements, counseling on registration exemptions and insider trading restrictions, advice on employer stock funds as investment options under tax-qualified plans, and similar services.

The firm has extensive experience in the drafting and operation of pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership, 403(b) and non-tax-qualified deferred compensation plans. The firm also has extensive experience in obtaining governmental approval for the initial qualification of new tax-qualified retirement plans, and for the termination of tax-qualified retirement plans.

The firm provides a full range of legal services regarding the compensation of executives of taxable, tax-exempt, governmental, and church-related entities, including advice to tax-exempt entities on the IRS intermediate sanctions rules and Form 990 requirements.

You may learn more about core elements of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation law practice below. For additional information, contact Smith & Downey.