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Jed W. Brickner

Latham & Watkins LLP

New York, NY, USA

Jed W. Brickner is Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Finance Committee and partner in the Tax Department and focuses his practice on executive compensation and employee benefits law. Mr. Brickner joined Latham & Watkins directly out of law school in 1980 and was elected to the partnership in 1987.


Mr. Brickner’s expertise includes:

  • Merger and acquisition transactions where he advises on all employee benefits aspects including structuring of equity arrangements, negotiation of executive employment arrangements, issues regarding golden parachute taxes under Code Section 280G and deferred compensation taxes under Code Section 409A and transfers of employees and related plan assets and liabilities
  • Investment of plan assets where he is an expert in structuring investment funds to comply with ERISA plan asset rules (including VCOC's) and in helping clients comply with all aspects of the ERISA fiduciary duty rules
  • Financing transactions involving employee benefit plans where he represents lenders in structuring their arrangements to avoid benefits-related liabilities
  • Public and private company employee benefits where he advises board compensation committees and senior executives with respect to the commencement and termination of executive employment arrangements, implementation of equity and cash compensation programs, and issues arising with the Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Mr. Brickner also has substantial expertise in employee benefits litigation and matters involving Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and withdrawals from multiemployer pension plans


Mr. Brickner's experience includes representation of The Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, Apollo Capital Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Energy Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Avery Dennison Corporation, Coach, Harrah's Entertainment and Hubbell Incorporated.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences and writer on employee benefits topics, Mr. Brickner is a co-author of Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code and a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section and a frequent faculty speaker at Practising Law Institute (PLI) seminars (2011-2014). In addition, he has served on the Drug Appeals Board of USA Track and Field and been a correspondent for Track and Field News.

JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1980, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

BA, Swarthmore College, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Qualifications
New York


Recognition Highlights

  • Clients value that he "understands the reality that it's not always something academic - there are practical implications for individuals." Chambers USA 2015
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America. ERISA Law 2012
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for his practice focused on non-qualified plans, fund structuring and ERISA concerns. Chambers USA 2013-2015

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