Executive Compensation

Attracting, retaining and motivating valuable employees is essential to the success of any business. Companies large and small depend on Dorsey’s Executive Compensation practice to help them achieve their business goals through compensation strategies and the design, drafting and implementation of effective and creative benefit plans, incentive arrangements and employment agreements.

Our attorneys have nationally recognized experience in executive compensation, employee benefits, tax, corporate securities, estate planning, and labor and employment law. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we work closely with other Dorsey attorneys to counsel public and private companies, established businesses and emerging companies, and exempt organizations. 

Development, Implementation and Maintenance of Effective Compensation Programs
We design programs based on your business objectives, and we can assist you with all aspects of compensation planning: stock option and performance plans, equity awards, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, stock bonus plans, and stock purchase plans, and more. You can also rely on us for program development, employee communications, and other informational materials that reflect a clear understanding of the applicable law, emerging compensation trends, business goals, and the need for creativity.

Compliance with Federal and State Statutes and Regulations
Keep your company compliant with applicable rules and regulations of federal and state employment and securities laws, the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and state corporate, trust and estate laws.

Executive Compensation Arrangements for Companies with International Operations
Consulting with our attorneys around the world, and with a network of legal service providers in other countries, we offer advice on the special challenges international businesses face.

Negotiation and Drafting of Employment Agreements
Your company may struggle with critical labor, tax, securities, and employee benefit law agreements, including the often thorny matter of Executive Severance Arrangements. With deep experience in severance plans and individual agreements, our attorneys offer strategic counsel on sensitive employment and tax issues.

Litigation of Executive Compensation Issues
This has become increasingly common both in employment terminations and corporate transactions, particularly those involving a change in control.  We can help you resolve disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation of employment and compensation claims, including trust interpretation, wrongful termination, ERISA claims, and stock option, stock purchase and golden parachute issues.

Estate, Tax, and Financial Planning Services for Executives and Executive Groups
These services convey to executives the value of their benefit packages, and can afford your company a competitive advantage in recruitment and retention, while helping executives meet their own financial objectives. Count on us for comprehensive estate and income tax advice as well as financial planning services.