New York University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Wesleyan University, B.A., 1974, magna cum laude
Ms. Rappaport is Practice Group Leader Emerita of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits/Private Client Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities and tax laws, and ERISA. She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of executive incentive programs, including equity-based plans, retirement and welfare plans, and the negotiation and preparation of employment contracts and severance arrangements, with particular emphasis on the financial services and entertainment industries. Her experience includes the representation of global, U.S. and non-U.S. companies and their Boards of Directors and Compensation Committees in corporate governance, CEO succession, public disclosure and executive compensation matters. She also represents individual executives of public companies and private enterprises.
Ms. Rappaport has broad experience in compensation and benefits issues associated with corporate acquisitions, divestitures, public offerings, restructurings and bankruptcies, and in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination in the employment relationship. She has a special focus on the design and documentation of carried interest and co-investment programs for executives managing investment funds. Active in lecturing, she is the author of numerous articles on a variety of compensation and benefits issues.
Ms. Rappaport has been a partner of the firm since 1985. She is a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team and Policy Committee. Before joining the firm in 1979, she was a Law Clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden, U.S. District Court of the District of Vermont, from 1978 to 1979.