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Laura G. Thatcher

Laura G. Thatcher

Alston & Bird LLP

Atlanta, GA, USA


Laura Thatcher heads Alston & Bird's executive compensation practice, having developed this area of legal specialty in 1995 from her many years' experience in securities and acquisitions. Today, Laura is recognized as one of the nation's experts on executive compensation and is extensively quoted by major business news publications throughout the world. 

Ms. Thatcher co-authored the Compensation Committee Handbook (John Wiley & Sons), which serves as a guidebook for executive compensation strategies and practices, addressing a full range of functional issues facing compensation committees of public companies, including organizing, planning, compliance and sound corporate governance. 

Ms. Thatcher was named "Atlanta Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year" in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and is listed in Georgia Super Lawyers.  She is Past Chair of the Advisory Board of the Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) of Santa Clara University and is on the Board of Review for the GPS research project sponsored by CEPI to provide universally accepted industry guidance as to areas of risk and appropriate controls in equity compensation. Ms. Thatcher serves on the Executive Compensation Task Force of CompensationStandards.com, which is dedicated to promoting responsible compensation practices. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Aspen Publishers Journal of Deferred Compensation.

A frequent speaker and author on topics relating to executive compensation, Ms. Thatcher's articles and interviews appear in numerous national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Fox Business News, the Drudge Report, MSNBC.com, the Motley Fool, Directors & Boards and various publications of the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), including the BNA Corporate Governance Report, BNA Daily Tax Report and BNA Corporate Accountability Report.

Ms. Thatcher served for 14 years as a director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Batson-Cook Company, a Southeast regional commercial construction and real estate development company. She received her J.D. in 1980 from the Emory University School of Law, and a B.A. from Hollins University in 1975.
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