Karen E. Phillips

Senior Counsel | New Jersey/New York

Karen Phillips focuses her practice in the area of executive compensation and employee benefits.

Karen represents clients in connection with employee benefits and compensation-related aspects of corporate transactions, financing arrangements and public offerings, including negotiation, review, and drafting of transactional documents, supervision of due diligence, and identification of issues arising under, and assistance in complying with, the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA and applicable federal securities laws and exchange regulations.

Karen advises clients on the structure, implementation, and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs, and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She also represents clients in connection with the design, administration, amendment, and termination of single-employer and multiemployer defined contribution retirement plans and defined benefit pension plans, and has designed, negotiated and drafted equity-based compensation plans, employment, consulting, termination, severance, and change-in-control agreements and advised clients on the associated ERISA, federal tax and securities implications.

Karen also assists clients with corporate governance and compliance matters, including preparation and revision of applicable securities filings, employee communications, and public announcements.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Karen worked for a large national insurance and employee benefits firm.

  • University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI, April 8, 2019
  • “Preventing Separation Anxiety: Severance Arrangement Best Practices,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, March 20, 2019
  • University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 19, 2018

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