Susan P. Serota Esq.


 Susan Serota is the leader of Pillsbury’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice and a member of the ERISA Litigation Team. Ms. Serota has experience in all areas of pensions, employee benefits, executive compensation and stock options. She has significant experience in the compensation of senior executives, fiduciary matters relating to ERISA and other plans, international benefits, employee benefit aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, welfare plans (health, life and severance), ERISA fiduciary litigation and securities law matters.
     Ms. Serota’s assignments have included: negotiating and drafting executive compensation arrangements including stock option and other equity or performance award plans, golden parachutes and antitakeover devices; advising compensation committees of public boards of directors on executive and director compensation arrangements and disclosure of such programs; drafting employee pension, profit sharing plans; plan governance reviews; DOL advisory opinion requests; ESOP structuring and financings, acting as ESOP trustee counsel; advising US and non-US companies on tax and securities issues in global equity-based plans; advising on executive employment contracts; advising creditors in bankruptcy proceedings on PBGC issues; serving as company ERISA counsel and advising on ERISA fiduciary litigation; and providing expert testimony in litigation on breach of fiduciary duty and benefit claims. She is also an advisor to both foreign and domestic governmental entities, regarding pensions, deferred compensation and privatizing certain pension/social security/invalidity payment systems.
     From August 2006-2007, Ms. Serota was the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest organization of tax lawyers. She is the past Chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee and is a member of the Executive Compensation subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the ABA Section of Business Law where she has actively participated in issues relating to proxy disclosure of executive compensation. Ms. Serota was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to serve on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Ms. Serota is also a director and the treasurer of the American Tax Policy Institute and a member of the Securities Law Committee of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.
J.D., New York University School of Law (1971)
A.B., University of Michigan (1967)