Jeffrey R. Capwell

Jeff is leader of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation group. He helps clients design equity-based and cash incentive plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, supplemental retirement plans (SERPs) and executive fringe benefit programs. He represents boards of directors and executives in negotiating and drafting employment, severance, change of control and consulting agreements. Jeff advises compensation committees and management on executive compensation philosophy and governance, and on related tax, securities and corporate law requirements, such as SEC disclosure rules. He helps colleges, universities and other tax-exempt organizations implement compensation and benefit programs for their executives.

A substantial portion of Jeff’s practice is focused on employee benefit plan design and administration. Jeff provides advice concerning 401(k) plans, ESOPs, defined benefit pension plans, 403(b) and 457 plans, as well as health plans and other welfare benefit programs. He helps employers obtain rulings and exemptions from the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other government agencies, and helps employers reach favorable outcomes in audits and examinations by such agencies. Jeff counsels plan trustees, investment committees and other fiduciaries on ERISA requirements and plan investment issues, and helps negotiate investment advisory, consulting and other plan service provider agreements. He provides advice on employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and helps clients integrate plans following business transactions. Jeff also counsels clients on a variety of specialized employee benefits matters, such as multiemployer pension plans, plan funding arrangements, early retirement programs and employee benefits aspects of downsizings and plan shutdowns.

Jeff frequently lectures and writes on executive compensation and employee benefits topics, and is a co-author of a BNA portfolio on compensation committees. He is past president of the Southern Employee Benefits Conference.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Employee Benefits, 2) Executive Compensation, 3) Qualified Retirement Plans, 4) Health and Welfare Benefits, 5) Nonprofit and Charitable Advisory Services, 6) Corporate, 7) Securities Compliance and 8) Mergers and Acquisitions
Law School Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1989
Education Dartmouth College, A.B., 1986
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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