Haynes and Boone, LLP

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Talented group of employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys, noted for its strength in a broad range of areas including ERISA. Regularly counsels public companies, boards of directors and compensation committees on pension plans and equity plans. Also has particular strength advising clients on health and welfare plans.

Strengths"We are very pleased with the team's consistent delivery of high-quality legal advice," comments one source, who also reports: "The team is, as a whole, extremely technical, but also mindful of being practical."

Another client identifies the firm's strengths as "responsiveness and subject matter knowledge."

"It is an outstanding firm that hires incredibly talented people," according to another client, who adds: "The lawyers are up-to-date and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Engaged by KMG Chemicals to handle the employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising from its $1.6 million merger with Cabot Microelectronics.

Notable practitioners

Jesse Gelsomini
attracts acclaim for his wealth of knowledge about health and welfare plans, with one source describing him as "one of the best health and welfare plan lawyers in Houston." He advises clients on the design and implementation of such plans, and also frequently assists clients with the employee benefits and compensation aspects of M&A.

Susan Wetzel
is regarded by sources as "exceptionally talented and knowledgeable in executive compensation." She provides expert advice on the design and implementation of retirement and compensation plans, as well as counseling clients on related tax considerations and transactional concerns.