Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Consider us your outside in-house counsel. We’ll help you construct and administer employee benefits and executive compensation plans that take full advantage of the relevant operational, financial and tax benefits. In a heavily regulated area in which rules are constantly evolving, navigating the laws necessary to properly design programs can be a real challenge. That’s why we provide practical, useful counsel that considers your overall business strategies.

We represent all types of employers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as individuals. Our services include the following:

  • 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

Our clients rely on our team’s deep knowledge and experience. Through our longstanding national involvement with the American Bar Association, we’ve developed close relationships with leadership within the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. When an issue arises regarding a complex regulation, we have considerable insight and can get our clients’ questions answered. We also have significant international benefits and compensation experience. Clients appreciate our ability to tap into a variety of resources as a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.

Clients know that we’ll always bring the right lawyers to their matters. We collaborate across practices to assemble the best team, ensuring the value and efficiency clients to expect from us.

As a testament to our client service, Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2023 ranked the firm in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation nationwide in Band 5, and also ranked the firm in Band 1 for Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounds and Band 2 for Houston and Surrounds. The firm also is ranked in National Tier 3 in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in 2023 by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey and ranked as Tier 1 in Dallas and Houston. Additionally, four of our lawyers in this practice were named in Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc. in 2023.

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Rules Requiring All Prescription Drugs to Count Towards Out-of-Pocket Limits May Be Coming
April 12, 2024

Generally, employer-sponsored group health plans must have compliant annual out-of-pocket limits on “essential health benefits” (“EHB”) under the ACA. The ACA defines EHB to include prescription drugs and a plan is permitted to define EHB in accordance with a state benchmark plan. HHS recently issued the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025 that codifies HHS’s position that pres [...]