Shelly A. Youree

Shelly A. Youree

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Of Counsel

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    707 Wilshire Blvd
    Suite 4100
    Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
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Shelly Youree practices in the Firm’s Los Angeles and Dallas offices. She advises the Firm’s clients with regard to the application of US tax, ERISA, securities, and other laws to employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

A substantial portion of Shelly’s practice includes advising both public and private companies regarding executive compensation matters, legal compliance of benefits plans, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, profit sharing plans, cafeteria plans, health and welfare plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and equity based compensation plans (including plans for non-corporate entities such as LLCs and partnerships).  She also advises clients regarding fiduciary issues, reporting and disclosure obligations, plan asset and investment issues, prohibited transactions, and the IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs.

Shelly has substantial experience in employee benefits and executive compensation issues in corporate transactions, including plan spin-offs, mergers, terminations, multi-employer plan withdrawals, COBRA, severance, golden parachutes, and the effects of such transactions on equity based compensation, as well as fringe and other benefits.

She “provides the appropriate insight for all compliance needs,” according to clients quoted by The Legal 500 US 2014.


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law); 2006-2019

  • Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans); 2018

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Employee Benefits/ERISA, Tax); 2003-2018

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, State Bar of California; Tax Section

  • Member, Los Angeles Bar Association

  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)

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

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section; Tax Section
  • Member, American Bar Association; Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Member, Southwest Benefits Association

  • Member, WEB, a Network of Benefits Professionals

  • Board Member, Girls, Inc. of Greater Los Angeles

  • Board of Directors, The Garrett Snider Foundation

  • Dallas CASA, Vice President-Administration, Board of Directors, 1998-2002

  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2006