Executive Compensation

Practice Contacts

Sharon M. Fountain
Senior Counsel
Elizabeth A. Schartz
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Thompson & Knight's executive compensation practice is interdisciplinary, drawing on the skills of the Firm's tax, employment and labor, and corporate attorneys to assist clients with regard to executive employment, compensation, and tax planning strategies. Recently, Thompson & Knight was ranked among the nation's top firms in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by The Legal 500 US 2017 by Legalease. According to clients quoted in the directory, the Firm has "excellent business acumen and industry knowledge" and provides "practical and timely advice," representing "excellent value for money."

Our attorneys integrate business needs and legal requirements to craft employment contracts, current and deferred compensation agreements, fringe benefits, incentive and nonqualified stock options, restricted stock and stock units, and other equity-based awards. We represent primarily employers - large and small, closely held and publicly traded - in industries including oil and gas, banking, steel, cement, hotel and hospitality services, distribution, retailing, manufacturing, and charitable and other tax-exempt activities.

Our attorneys combine the Firm's full business counseling resources with extensive involvement in professional organizations and continuing legal training to stay current on the newest tax and other applicable law changes imposed by Congress and the courts, as well as on the latest tax management techniques. With extensive experience in ERISA and federal tax matters, we resolve our clients' challenges by creatively applying current and comprehensive knowledge of applicable law and best practices to their needs.