Sharon M. Fountain

Sharon M. Fountain

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    214.880.3186
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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1518
    214.880.3186
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Sharon Fountain counsels employers and fiduciaries in employee benefits, executive compensation, and stock and incentive programs. Her experience includes advising on tax and ERISA issues involved in program design, administration of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation programs and welfare benefit plans, preparation and review of plan and related documentation, and assistance with implementation and obtaining governmental approvals. Sharon also represents employers and executives with regard to employee benefits and executive compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Sharon is recognized as a Recommended Attorney in The Legal 500 US 2015, described as having an “excellent understanding of individual employee tax ramifications,” and according to clients quoted in the 2014 directory, she is "well regarded," "exceptional," and "deeply knowledgeable."

Experience

  • Represent employers, both public and private, with regard to the preparation and implementation of long-term incentive plans, featuring incentive and nonqualified stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units, and other equity awards

  • Represent employers, both public and private, with regard to nonqualified deferred compensation plans, including compliance with Internal Revenue Code section 409A, and executive bonus plans designed to be exempt from the deduction limits of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code

  • Represent employers with regard to qualified defined contribution and defined benefit plans

  • Represent employers with regard to health and welfare benefit plans

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law); 2001-2018

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Employee Benefits/ERISA); 2003-2017

  • Who's Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited (Employee Benefits); 2007-present

  • Tax Directors Handbook, The Essential Guide to the World’s Premier Tax Law Firms; 2014

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Tax: ERISA/Employee Benefits), D Magazine; 2012-2017

  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; Tax: Domestic Tax; Tax: International Tax); 2015, 2017

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

  • Member, WEB, a Network of Benefits Professionals

  • Member, SouthWest Benefits Association

  • Member, American Bar Association; Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Tax Section; Past Chair, Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section

  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Women's Foundation, 2006-2010

  • Board of Directors, YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, 1994-2000; President of the Board, 1998-2000

  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 1995-1996

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation