Jesse Gelsomini

Practices

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

Texas

Profile

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.

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers in America®, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year, 56 of the firm's practices were listed in the guide, an increase from last year.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2014.

News and Publications

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

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 Recognition

  • Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (2006-2015)  
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (2003-2013)  
  • Recognized as one of Houston's Best Lawyers, Inside Houston, and as one of Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine 
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™  
  • ALM and Martindale Hubbell® recognition of 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law

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