Jeff utilizes more than 30 years of legal experience to advise clients on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He regularly advises public and private companies in all areas of compensation design, including implementation of equity, equity-based, and non-equity-based compensation arrangements, such as stock option plans, phantom stock plans, gain-sharing programs, and other types of short-term and long-term incentive programs. He counsels boards of directors and compensation committees in structuring compensation programs and agreements for themselves and their executive officers, negotiates employment and severance agreements, and serves as “agent” on behalf of senior level executive officers.
Jeff also designs and implements qualified pension and profit-sharing plans (e.g., ESOPs, 401(k) plans, cash balance plans, defined benefit plans, and profit-sharing plans) and counsels clients on the regulatory and administrative requirements of maintaining qualified plans. He advises clients on all aspects of welfare benefit plan design and administration, such as health insurance programs, long-term disability programs, long-term care programs, and severance agreements, including counseling on such varied issues as COBRA, HIPAA, VEBAs, flexible-spending accounts, and cafeteria plans. In addition, Jeff has represented clients in all aspects of ERISA litigation, including benefit claims, fiduciary breaches, and multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability disputes.
Previously, Jeff served as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee and served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 22 years, teaching in the employee benefits and executive compensation area. He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.