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Executive Compensation Attorney

Bay Area: San Francisco

Our client, a global law firm, is building a practice to represent the San Francisco Bay Area’s CEOs and founders. This is an opportunity to play a key role and get in on the ground floor as they launch this exciting practice. The ideal candidate will have a significant background in and history of counseling companies in the area of Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits and Employment Law.


  • Counsel clients on executive compensation and employment law matters, in the context of mergers and acquisitions, financings, and other corporate transactions.
  • Provide advice on executive compensation including long-term incentive compensation; deferred compensation; employment, change in control, and severance agreements; and related issues under Internal Revenue Code Sections 280G and 409A.
  • Counsels and negotiates employment agreements, noncompete agreements, and separation agreements on behalf of executives and employers.
  • Negotiates, organizes and implements,bonus plans, equity compensation plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and change of control agreements for public and private companies and private equity portfolio companies.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • 5+years of relevant experience, JD, and an active membership in state bar preferred.
  • Experience in a law firm's Executive Compensation or Corporate group supporting M&A deals.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating employment agreements, separation agreements and noncompete agreements.
  • Extensive knowledge 409a, 280G and tax issues related to equity.
  • Experience representing executives or founders a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills.

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