Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits TRANSACTIONAL

Lawyers with deep and broad experience counseling clients in every industry on the design of executive compensation arrangements and on general compensation and benefits issues.


In top management positions and at every level of employment, attracting, retaining and motivating the right personnel is a daily challenge. Legal counsel on compensation policies and practices can play a vital role in meeting this challenge in a manner that properly balances creativity and customization with best practices and ease of administration. Our practice covers the representation of employers, executives and benefits industry service providers in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation and international compensation. The capabilities of our team are strengthened by our colleagues throughout the firm, whether in defending employers against ERISA class actions or with regard to SEC disclosure considerations, or in structuring innovative retirement plan advisory product offerings on behalf of financial institutions, fund formation and securities industry clients.

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Null, Amy A.

Amy A. Null

+1 617 526 6541 (t)

amy.null@wilmerhale.com

Wethly, Kimberly B.

Kimberly B. Wethly

Chair, Tax Practice Group

+1 617 526 6481 (t)

kim.wethly@wilmerhale.com

Holland, Paula

Paula Holland

Partner

+44 (0)20 7645 2518 (t)

paula.holland@wilmerhale.com

Kilgore, R. Scott

R. Scott Kilgore

Partner

+1 202 663 6116 (t)

scott.kilgore@wilmerhale.com

Null, Amy A.

Amy A. Null

Partner

+1 617 526 6541 (t)

amy.null@wilmerhale.com

Ritt, Roger M.

Roger M. Ritt

Partner

+1 617 526 6475 (t)

roger.ritt@wilmerhale.com

Salhus, Knute J.

Knute J. Salhus

Partner

+1 212 230 8805 (t)

knute.salhus@wilmerhale.com

Wethly, Kimberly B.

Kimberly B. Wethly

Partner

+1 617 526 6481 (t)

kim.wethly@wilmerhale.com

Experience

On an ongoing basis, our attorneys:

  • provide guidance and assistance to public and private companies in drafting and implementing equity compensation plans and other nonqualified incentive compensation arrangements;
  • represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Department of Labor in connection with their rank-and-file and executive benefit programs;
  • advise investment managers, broker-dealers, venture capitalists and other industry providers on compliance with ERISA; and
  • assist multinational companies in designing effective cross border compensation strategies.

A sampling of our representative clients includes:

  • Analog Devices
  • Bose
  • Danaher
  • Discovery Communications
  • PerkinElmer
  • Staples
  • State Street Corporation
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Publications & News

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November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 7, 2014

Park Square, EY and WilmerHale Release 15th Annual Tech and Life Sciences Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study

According to an executive compensation study of private businesses released today, non-founder C-suite executives at life sciences and healthcare companies saw their cash compensation increase by 4.2 percent year-over-year, while comparable executives at private technology firms experienced an average increase of 3 percent.

January 7, 2014

WilmerHale Represents Thermo Fisher Scientific in Transaction with GE Healthcare

Thermo Fisher has agreed to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for approximately $1.06 billion.

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

October 15, 2013

14th Annual Tech and Life Sciences Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study Released

According to an executive compensation study of private businesses released today, non-founder C-suite executives at life sciences and healthcare companies saw their cash compensation increase by three percent year-over-year, while comparable executives at private technology firms experienced an average increase of 1.6 percent.

October 11, 2012

Park Square, Ernst & Young and WilmerHale Release 13th Annual Tech and Life Sciences Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

January 31, 2012

California's Recent Wage Theft Prevention Act Creates New Obligations for Employers

December 9, 2011

J. Robert Scott and WilmerHale Release 12th Annual Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study

According to an executive compensation study of private businesses released today, non-founder C-suite executives at technology companies saw their salaries increase by 3.7 percent year-over-year, while comparable executives at private life sciences firms experienced an average base salary increase of 1.6 percent, the lowest increase on the life sciences side in the study’s 12-year history.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our Massachusetts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice in 2010-2014, praising our group for the "corporate savvy of its attorneys" and calling out the services we provide to "clients seeking executive compensation advice during the early stages of company formation," stating that our team is "seamless and integrated" and one "you can really depend on." WilmerHale has been similarly ranked in previous editions of Chambers USA.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Individually recognized Scott Kilgore (2010-2013), and Amy Null and Kim Wethly (2010-2014) as leaders in the field for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.
  • Corporate Board Member – In 2009, named WilmerHale as America's Best Corporate Law Firm in the Boston metro area based on surveys from over 2,200 directors and general counsels. The firm is also featured as among the 20 best national law firms as ranked by 240 general counsels in 2009. 
  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale partners, including eight from our Tax Practice. The publication also recognized nine partners as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010-2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings, our employment law practice was ranked in the first-tier in Boston and the third-tier nationally. In prior rankings, Kim Wethly was individually recognized for ERISA practice. The publication quotes a client as saying: "ERISA rules and regulations are very complex and fraught with traps for the unwary. WilmerHale and, in particular, Kimberly B. Wethly, an ERISA partner, is exceptionally talented in this area. Ms. Wethly and her colleagues are able to explain ERISA and its impact on our company in a clear and concise manner, which is not easy. Ms. Wethly and her colleagues are practical, highly responsive, and very efficient. I recommend WilmerHale and, in particular, Kim Wethly, highly and without reservation."
  • Washingtonian magazine – Named 18 WilmerHale attorneys to the "Best Lawyers" list in 2011, which includes the recognition of Scott Kilgore as a "Top Lawyer" for his executive compensation practice.