Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Your business needs benefits lawyers who focus on practical solutions.

At Haynes and Boone, our lawyers advise leading companies nationwide and globally in all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. We know how our clients think about benefits and compensation in the greater context of their businesses, and we are often recognized as their “in-house outside counsel” in these matters.

Our experienced team delivers the practical and useful counsel that our clients need, especially in this heavily regulated area where rules are constantly evolving. Several of our lawyers have worked in corporate environments, and all of our group routinely provides the day-to-day advice and guidance necessary for clients to properly construct and administer various plans, as well as to take full advantage of the operational, financial and tax benefits that the law allows.

We represent all types of employers, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies, as well as individuals. Our services include:

  • Retirement plans
  • Health and welfare plans
  • Executive compensation
  • International compensation and benefits
  • Mergers and acquisitions, and other business transactions
  • ERISA litigation, claims and government proceedings
  • Non-subscribers to Texas Workers’ Compensation Act

Collaboration is at the core of how we provide the greatest value and efficiency to our clients. Our employee benefits team can rely on lawyers from other Haynes and Boone practices to ensure the right lawyers are working on the right matters.

For clients who operate around the world, we offer significant international benefits and compensation experience and the ability to tap into a variety of resources as a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.

Our skilled team also includes lawyers selected by the IRS as benefits trainers for their national agents. We keep current on the latest developments through active leadership in the American Bar Association's Taxation Section as well as in groups like the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.


Standard Bearers

Our lawyers have drafted and maintain a number of standard benefit plan documents that can be adopted very cost efficiently by clients. These documents include:

  • A volume submitter 401(k) plan, with plan, trust agreement and summary plan descripion
  • Equity compensation module, with provision of stock options, restricted stock, SARs and other performance-based compensation
  • Related award agreements

Benefits Blog

Practical Benefits Lawyer

The Haynes and Boone Practical Benefits Lawyer blog discusses issues and developments in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. 

Jesse Gelsomini

Jesse Gelsomini in Institutional Investor: Supreme Court Opens Up 401(k) Sponsors to New Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court just opened the door for a flood of new lawsuits against 401(k) plan sponsors. Three months after hearing arguments in Tibble v. Edison International, a lawsuit focused on whether plan fiduciaries have a duty to continuously monitor their investments under ERISA, the nine justices unanimously agreed that they do. What the Supreme Court failed to comment on — and what legal experts hope will be sorted out in forthcoming case law — is just what that duty should look like...

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