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David S. Thomas

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Employee Benefits & Compensation

David Thomas is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office, where he advises clients ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses on issues related to compensation and employee benefits. He concentrates on finding practical solutions to his clients' compensation and benefits issues.

David's practice focuses on the design and administration of equity incentive plans, employment agreements, tax-qualified retirement plans, and welfare benefit plans. His particular areas of concentration include assisting high-growth companies with the compensation and employee benefits issues unique to such companies; assisting large and small employers with compensation and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border and other complex transactions; helping plan sponsors to detect defects in tax-qualified retirement plans by conducting "self-audits" of such plans; assisting plan sponsors in preparing for and managing Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits; and correcting defects in tax-qualified retirement plans through Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor compliance programs. In addition to these areas, David assists his clients with keeping up to date with the ever-changing rules in compensation and employee benefits law, including writing articles and speaking at the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati College for Clients.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
    Recipient, Edwin S. Cohen Tax Scholarship
  • B.S., Economics and Political Science, James Madison University, 1993
    Summa Cum Laude


Among other regular speaking engagements, David teaches a course on special issues in employee benefits as part of the Institute for Applied Management and Law's Certificate in Employee Benefits Law seminar.


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