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J. Mark Poerio

J. Mark Poerio

Paul Hastings LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Mark Poerio is a senior counsel in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, and co-chairs its Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA practice. For more than 25 years, Mr. Poerio has been in private practice with a focus on executive compensation, employee benefit, and fiduciary matters, especially from a business, governance, tax, securities, and litigation perspective.

Mark also teaches at Georgetown Law – with one course having focused on executive compensation and governance, and the other having focused on the design of benefit plans and employment-related agreements. Associated with this, he maintains websites that regularly provide updates about new developments (see www.executiveloyalty.org re executive compensation, and www.erisacloud.com re employee benefits).

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “Global Executive Compensation: Mobile Executives” and “Innovations in Wellness Programs” (Annual Conference, American Benefits Council and IBIS, Prague, 2013 May).
  • “U.S. Executive Compensation Litigation: Cannons to the Right . . . and to the Left” (International Pension Lawyer,, April 2013)
  • “What Private Equity Managers Need to Know to Limit Their ERISA Obligations for Portfolio Company Pension Plans” (Bloomberg BNA, Nov. 2012).
  • “Candor for Compensation Committees” (Corporate Board Member, 11/2011)
  • “Crossing the Pond in Search of Better Executive Compensation Practices” (Corporate Governance Advisor, 3/10/2011)
  • “Executive Pay and Loyalty: From Velvet Fist to Iron Glove” (Corporate Governance Advisor, 1/2010)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Benefits Council – Executive Board Member
  • American College of Employee Benefit Counsel – Board Member and Vice- Chair (formerly Treasurer).
  • Georgetown Law School --Adjunct Professor
  • Maryland Association of Social Service Boards -- Past Vice-Chair and Head of Legislative Committee; Pro bono Counsel for federal tax matters since 2004.
  • MASSB Foundation -- Founder and Trustee (raising funds for social services involving child protection and family preservation).

Practice Areas

Employment Law Bank Regulatory

Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblower Defense Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA Healthcare

International Employment Law Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice


New York Bar

District of Columbia Bar


Cornell Law School, J.D., 1984

University of Virginia, B.A., 1980


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