Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

At Haynes and Boone, our lawyers advise leading companies 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. As a testament to our client service, Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2020, named the firm a Recognized Practitioner in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation nationwide and ranked the firm in Band 1 for both Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounds and for Houston and Surrounds. The firm is ranked in National Tier 2 in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in 2020 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 2020. Our team is also recognized by Worldwide Law Review, AI Global Media, which named the firm the Best Health & Welfare Compliance Consultancy in 2017.

We represent all types of employers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 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.

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. 

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


Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

The Haynes and Boone Health and Welfare blog discusses recent trends and updates in the health and welfare section of the employee benefits industry.

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