Jesse Gelsomini


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1986, cum laude; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons; Houston Law Review

Certified Public Accountant, State of Texas, 1982-Present

B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1980, with honors; (Accounting Honors Program Graduate); Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi.

Bar Admissions



Jesse Gelsomini's principal areas of practice are Employee Benefits, ERISA and Executive Compensation. He has significant experience in designing, drafting, implementing, and administering tax qualified pension, 401(k), profit sharing, ESOP and stock bonus plans. His experience also includes a wide variety of work in the areas of health care and other types of employee welfare benefit plans, as well as stock option, restricted stock, golden parachute and other incentive compensation and equity arrangements. Jesse's clients range in size from small privately-owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. His practice includes representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL); providing legal advice on such issues as fiduciary responsibility requirements, tax effects, disclosure and other compliance matters; handling all aspects of benefit plans that arise in conjunction with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other business transactions; and providing advice on litigation matters that involve benefit plans. In addition, he represents both employers and executives with employment contracts and incentive programs, and he provides counsel to clients regarding employment laws. Jesse also represents many companies which are non-subscribers to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

Jesse is a contributor to Haynes and Boone's Practical Benefits Lawyer blog, which discusses issues and developments in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Selected Presentations

  • "Anthem's Data Breach Impacts Many Anthem and Non-Anthem Plans: Necessary Employer Actions Now," Employee Benefit Plan Review, Volume 69, Number 11, May 2015.
  • "Classifying Full-Time Employees Under the Affordable Care Act," presented at American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, October 16, 2014.

Benefits Blog

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Haynes and Boone Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers produce the Practical Benefits Lawyer blog to keep you informed on current issues.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015



Haynes and Boone Advises NET Midstream in Pipeline Sale to NextEra Energy Partners for $2.1 Billion

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers from four different offices acted as co-counsel to NET Midstream in connection with the sale of all of its membership interests and corresponding business consisting of seven natural gas pipelines to NextEra Energy Partners, LP for $2.1 billion.

Selected Client Representations

  • Employee benefits negotiation and transition matters for mergers and other business transactions
  • ERISA fiduciary compliance reviews
  • HIPAA, VEBA, MEWA and other health plan matters
  • Transactions involving ESOP owned companies
  • Design and drafting of executive incentive arrangements, including ERISA and tax implications


Professional and Community Activities

  • Southwest Benefits Association
  • American Bar Association, Sections of Tax (Employee Benefits Committee), Labor & Employment Law, and Health Law
  • Texas and Houston Bar Associations
  • Houston ERISA Industry Group
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Association Attorneys-CPAs


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP in its annual award listing, featuring 65 lawyers with seven highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings.

Published by Thomson Reuters in September 2015

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Employee Benefits Law, 2006-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2013, 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • ALM and Martindale Hubbell® recognition of Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law, 2013

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