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 and securities industry clients.

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Null, Amy A.

Amy A. Null

Partner

+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

Kilgore, R. Scott

R. Scott Kilgore

Partner

+1 202 663 6116 (t)

scott.kilgore@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

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

Ritt, Roger M.

Roger M. Ritt

Senior Counsel

+1 617 526 6475 (t)

roger.ritt@wilmerhale.com

Baker, Ciara R.M.

Ciara R.M. Baker

Counsel

+1 202 663 6747 (t)

ciara.baker@wilmerhale.com

Walsh, Meghan M.

Meghan M. Walsh

Counsel

+1 617 526 6132 (t)

meghan.walsh@wilmerhale.com

Kelly, Kathleen

Kathleen Kelly

Specialist

+1 617 526 5159 (t)

kathleen.kelly@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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December 12, 2017

Invitation to Participate: 2017 CompStudy Survey for Venture-Backed Life Sciences and Technology Companies

WilmerHale invites you to participate in the 2017 CompStudy survey on equity and salary compensation for executives at venture-backed life sciences and technology companies.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

February 3, 2017

Park Square and WilmerHale Release 17th Annual Technology and Life Sciences Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study

Growth rate in salaries for private company technology executives track higher than comparable life science leaders for the second year in a row.

November 7, 2016

FTC/DOJ Guidance to Human Resource Professionals—Enforcement Scrutiny of Employment-Related Conduct

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued their Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals. This WilmerHale Client Alert, which was also published by Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report on November 25, 2016, summarizes the key lessons and practical impact from the HR Guidance for businesses' employment practices.

September 22, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Eleven Biotherapeutics in Acquisition of Viventia Bio

The acquisition creates a NASDAQ-listed company focused on the development of novel therapies based upon antibody fragments genetically fused to cytotoxic proteins, or targeted protein therapeutics, as new treatments in areas of oncology with significant unmet need.

August 10, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Orbitera in Acquisition by Google

The Google Cloud Platform team shares Orbitera's vision for seamless purchase and deployment of IT services across heterogeneous cloud infrastructure.

July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America - Recognized 107 lawyers, naming nine partners, including Amy Null for Employee Benefits Law, "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2018 edition of its peer-reviewed publication. Partner Kim Wethly was also recognized.
  • BTI Consulting Group - Named Kim Wethly to its Client Service All-Stars 2017 list for exhibiting exceptional client service.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Recognized our Massachusetts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice in 2010-2017, 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 "great at meeting and exceeding expectations," and is "seamless and integrated" and one "you can really depend on." WilmerHale has been similarly ranked in previous editions of Chambers USA and has individually recognized Amy Null and Kim Wethly (2010-2017) as leaders in the field of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.
  • Corporate Board Member - In 2014 and 2016, WilmerHale was named to Top National Corporate Law Firms list, a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 firms in the nation. Results are based on law firm surveys and feedback from thousands of directors and general counsels.
  • The Legal 500 United States - Recommended the firm for Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Transactions) and recognized Amy Null, Kim Wethly and Scott Kilgore in its 2017 edition. 
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® - In the 2010-2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings, our employment law practice was ranked in the first-tier in Boston and the second-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.