RICH MEISNER, a shareholder of the firm, leads the firm’s corporate law, business transaction and franchise practices; leads the firm’s executive compensation, ERISA and employee benefits practices; and supports our employment law or other practices. He represents small and medium-sized companies, executives, employees, franchisees and franchisors, and benefit plan participants in a wide range of legal matters.
For executives he negotiates employment and separation agreements, complex equity and incentive arrangements, private equity arrangements, deferred compensation, claims relating to termination of employment, and executive tax issues such as IRS Sections 409A and “golden parachute” excise taxes.
For plan participants he handles claims relating to employee benefits, medical, 401(k) and pension plans, ERISA and COBRA rights, and class action claims.
Rich was formerly Senior Vice President, Law, of Cendant Corporation, and then Realogy Corporation, handling a variety of corporate and transactional matters, and corporate compliance and governance functions. Rich was Assistant Secretary of both companies, Secretary of their key subsidiaries, and Assistant Secretary to their Compensation Committees. Rich is an expert in executive compensation matters and advises clients on Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 280G, and 162(m), including 409A valuation issues and 409A audits by the IRS. Rich can assist companies with implementing new benefit plans or amending or modifying existing ones. Through his service to Cendant, Rich can handle a wide variety of matters relating to franchising for both franchisors and franchisees.
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