Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

December 4, 2015

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eight WilmerHale Partners Top Attorneys in Washington DC

Washingtonian magazine has released its list of 2015 Top Attorneys, recognizing Washington's top legal talent based on peer review. The 2015 list is the Washingtonian's largest ever and ranks the top one percent of the nation's capital's 80,000 lawyers across 21 different practices.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

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.

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.

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale partners, including seven from our Tax Practice. The publication also recognized seven partners as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Recognized our Massachusetts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice in 2010-2016, 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.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Individually recognized Scott Kilgore (2010-2013), Amy Null and Kim Wethly (2010-2016) as leaders in the field for 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.
  • 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.