Susan Wetzel

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Ohio Northern University, 1997, with honors

B.B.A., Western Michigan University, 1994, magna cum laude


Admissions

Texas

Indiana

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Profile

Susan Wetzel is the chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group. She counsels employers, executives and members of corporate boards regarding design, implementation, and compliance issues relating to retirement plans, welfare plans, employee benefits, executive compensation, and mergers and acquisitions. She has provided legal advice regarding the employee benefit issues in over 800 mergers and acquisitions throughout her career. Susan’s experience also includes, among other things, assisting U.S.-based clients with the design and implementation of equity incentive plans for the benefit of their globally-based employees. She is a frequent speaker on employee benefits issues at seminars for human resources groups, bar associations, individual companies, and continuing education seminars.

Susan 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.

Honors

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Susan Wetzel Inducted as Fellow of American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. has selected Haynes and Boone Partner Susan Wetzel as a Fellow, a prestigious recognition of her accomplishments as an employee benefits lawyer.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Haynes and Boone Represents Dickies Maker in $820 Million Sale

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers led by Partners Brian Barnard and Tom Tippetts are advising iconic Fort Worth-based clothing company Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., which has entered a merger agreement with VF Corporation for the acquisition of Williamson-Dickie for approximately $820 million in cash. 

Honors

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Makes Strong Showing in 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers recognized 57 Haynes and Boone lawyers in the 2017 edition of its annual award listing. The awards are based on peer recognition and professional achievements. Of those nominated, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

Professional Recognition

  • D Magazine - The Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine Partners (2006)
  • D Magazine - "Best Lawyers in Dallas" (2011-2013 and 2015-2017) by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2011-2017)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Employee Benefits Law (2009-2018)

Selected Client Representations

  • Advising clients regarding ERISA and employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions, acting as counsel to both buyers and sellers, including transactions involving benefit and equity issues in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Singapore, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic
  • Advising clients regarding the design and implementation of all types of tax qualified plans, including defined benefit plans and Section 401(k) plans
  • Counseling clients regarding tax compliance and regulatory issues associated with fully-insured and self-funded health plans, VEBAs and MEWAs, including the impact of health care reform on plan documents and operations
  • Assisting clients with benefits issues relating to inbound and outbound transactions, including Internal Revenue Code Section 409A issues relating to expatriate allowances, tax equalization programs, foreign benefit plans, and equity awards to foreign-based employees
  • Negotiating executive employment and severance agreements, acting as counsel to both executives and employers, and counseling clients regarding issues under Internal Revenue Code Sections 162(m), 280G and 409A 
  • Designing and implementing all types of equity compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, phantom stock, and stock appreciation rights, and sub-plans in foreign jurisdictions
  • Counseling plan sponsors regarding how the HIPAA privacy and security regulations affect their group health plans and drafting forms, policies and procedures to assist group health plans in complying with the HIPAA privacy and security regulations

Professional and Community Activities

  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Fellow
  • The Trinity Commons Foundation; Board of Directors, 2014-2017; Vice Chair, 2017 
  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee; Chair, 2015-2016; Vice Chair, 2011-2014; Litigation Subcommittee, Chair, 2010-2011; Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2005-2010; Section of Taxation Nominating Committee, Member, 2016-2017
  • State Bar of Texas Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee; Chair, 2010-2017; Vice Chair, 2009-2010; Council Member, 2012-2014
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association; Member, 2008-2017
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; Member, 2014-2017
  • ONU Law Alumni Association; Board of Directors, 2010-2017
  • Dallas Bar Association, Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section Committee; Chair, 2008; Member, 2004-2012
  • Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Public Policy Committee, Chair, 2010; Healthcare Taskforce, 2004-2009

Email Disclaimer