Colleen Hart is a partner in the New York office of Jones Day in its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice. Ms. Hart provides counsel on a broad array of executive compensation and employee benefit matters. She represents clients in the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings, public offerings, and other types of transactions. She advises clients on executive compensation, benefits, and securities matters, including Section 409A compliance, compensation-related securities filings, "performance-based compensation" qualification, and "parachute payment" issues. Ms. Hart is responsible for drafting and negotiating various incentive compensation and executive compensation plans and documents, including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, employment agreements, severance plans, stock options and other equity compensation plans, and "rabbi trusts." She also counsels clients on the design and implementation of their qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.
Ms. Hart is a graduate of Columbia University (J.D., Kent Scholar), the University of Rhode Island (M.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations) and the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.). She has also served in the United States Navy.