The PCGC team has extensive experience representing public companies in all aspects of the planning, design, implementation, operation and termination of public company employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, including securities, ERISA and tax considerations.
Our areas of expertise include:
- retirement plans, including profit sharing and 401(k) plans, defined benefit and money purchase pension plans and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
- executive compensation programs such as non-qualified deferred compensation plans, performance-based incentive programs, equity-based arrangements
- equity-based compensation plans, including design and documentation, stockholder approval and proxy materials and employee communications
- incentive and non-statutory stock options
- restricted stock and restricted stock units
- stock appreciation rights
- phantom stock
- employee stock purchase plans
- annual and long-term incentive plans
- health and welfare plans, including insured and self-insured group health plans, disability and life insurance plans and cafeteria plans
- transactional and litigation issues that arise in connection with benefit programs
Debra E. Kleman
Debbie Kleman works closely with executive management, boards of directors and compensation consultants with respect to executive compensation and employee benefits, including all types of equity based compensation arrangements, retirement plans and benefit issues in the mergers and acquisitions context.
Debbie has been chosen as one of Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits (ERISA) law since 2013.
- Prepared multiple equity compensation plans for a FORTUNE 300 company, ranging from broad-based employee stock purchase plans to stock incentive plans for key employees to incentive stock programs for outside directors
- Prepared comprehensive HIPAA privacy and security documentation for numerous clients
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of plan administrator and employer in lawsuit challenging the reduction of long-term disability payments to recoup overpayments that occurred because of plaintiff’s unreported receipt of Social Security disability payments
- Advised a publicly-traded company on its Section 162 (m) bonus plan and “plan within a plan” structures
- Drafted a complex non-qualified deferred conpensation plan for a public company’s key employees and directors, assisted with the associated rabbi trust and related securities filings