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Mike Holt counsels clients on ERISA, tax, employee benefit plans, executive compensation, and fiduciary responsibility matters. His experience includes the preparation of plan documents and assistance in the design, implementation, qualification, administration, and termination of pension, profit sharing, stock bonus, stock option, employee stock ownership, fringe benefits, flexible benefit, current and deferred nonqualified incentive compensation, and all types of employee welfare plans.

Representative Matters

  • Represented publicly held employers in connection with the employee benefit, executive compensation, and change of control severance matters involved in mergers and acquisitions
  • Represented employers in connection with the implementation of long-term incentive, stock option, restricted stock, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans
  • Represented employers in connection with Internal Revenue Code section 409A compliance matters
  • Represented employers in connection with plan benefit freezes, plan mergers, and plan terminations
  • Represented employers and plan fiduciaries in connection with the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified defined benefit, defined contribution, and welfare plans

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), 1989-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Employee Benefits/ERISA), 2003-2013
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Tax: ERISA/Employee Benefits), D Magazine, 1997, 2003, 2007-2013, 2019
  • Best Business Lawyers in Dallas (ERISA), D Magazine, 2009
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited (Employee Benefits), 2007-present


  • Member, American Bar Association; Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Taxation Section; Compensation and Employee Benefits Committee; Former Chair, Controversies and Audit Subcommittee; Former Chair, Executive Compensation Subcommittee
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Taxation Section; Former Chair, Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1969, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.B.A., 1967, Southwestern University


  • Texas

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