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Jenna Wallace advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. Her practice covers a broad spectrum of plans and arrangements, such as:

  • tax-qualified retirement plans, including traditional and hybrid pension plans, 401(k) plans, and profit-sharing plans;
  • health and welfare plans, including medical, disability, cafeteria and severance plans;
  • equity-based compensation, including stock options, restricted stock, profits interests and phantom equity;
  • nonqualified deferred compensation plans;
  • employment, consulting and restrictive covenant agreements; and
  • international employment arrangements.
  • Principal outside counsel advising a large employer on changes to active and retiree health and other welfare arrangements.
  • Provided employee benefits and executive compensation advice in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures by private equity funds, pharmaceutical, technology and other companies.
  • Advised on design and administration of various phantom equity plans.
  • Prepared prospectuses and other securities disclosures for equity plans.
  • Advised large employer on rules for wellness programs under Americans with Disability Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
  • Prepared comment letters to the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service on provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Primary responsibility for a variety of employee benefits matters while on secondment to the in-house legal department of IBM.
  • Assisted sponsors of tax-qualified retirement plans with amendments to comply with recent changes in the law and correction of operational and document errors under Internal Revenue Service voluntary correction programs.
  • Analyzed parachute payment liabilities arising in connection with various corporate transaction sand recommended approaches for minimizing these liabilities.

Pro Bono

  • Advised multinational not-for-profit organization on employment agreements with key international staff.
  • Provides ongoing corporate, employment and general advice to the Accordia Global Health Foundation.
  • Represented not-for-profit corporation in the engagement of a fundraiser.
  • Advised a small not-for-profit employer with disclosure requirements for the employer’s 401(k) plan.
  • Assisted not-for-profit employers with the creation of employee handbooks and related issues.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association

Previous Experience

  • Straight Talk Foundation, Kampala, Uganda, Fellow (2004-2005)