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  • Apr 05, 2019Karen Phillips Guest Lecturer for University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic

    Karen E. Phillips, Senior Counsel of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a lecture and discussion on equity considerations for start-up companies for law students in the University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic on Monday, April 8, for a second term.  She will cover the most common forms of equity compensation utilized by early stage startup companies, the reasons for choosing one over the other, and the applicable tax and securities law considerations.  The students will then work through a scenario to advise a fictitious client on how to structure equity compensation arrangements for the founders and employees of their startup.

    Michigan Law’s Entrepreneurship Clinic, part of the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program, is an innovative clinical law program that represents and advises University of Michigan student-led entrepreneurial ventures and other entrepreneurial ventures.  The clinic gives law students a chance to gain practical experience by representing real clients.

    “I’m excited to be returning to the law school for a second term as a guest lecturer in the school’s Entrepreneurship Clinic. The clinic provides students with practical, hands-on training that will help form the foundation for their future as trusted legal advisors. It’s great to once again have the opportunity to contribute to that training,” said Phillips.

    Phillips 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.

    Phillips also advises clients on the structure, implementation and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She 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. She has also designed, negotiated, and drafted equity-based compensation plans and employment, consulting, termination, severance, and change-in-control agreements, as well as advised clients on the associated ERISA, federal, and securities implications.

    Phillips received her LL.M. in taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and her A.B. from the University of Chicago. She is a member of The Alumni Society and a Volunteer Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.

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  • Feb 05, 2019Karen Phillips to Attend The Alumni Society’s 2019 Influencers Dinner

    Karen E. Phillips, Senior Counsel of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will attend The Alumni Society’s 2019 Influencers Dinner on Wednesday, February 6, in New York City. The Alumni Society is a networking organization for Latino leaders who have graduated from highly selective universities and colleges.

    Sponsored by ADP, the event will be held at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. Invitees include roughly twenty thought leaders and influencers, who will enjoy a round table discussion on issues facing Latino executives, along with a delicious six-course tasting menu, complete with wine pairings.

    “I am privileged to have been invited to attend The Alumni Society’s 2019 Influencers Dinner. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this exclusive experience with other Alumni Society members, as well as leaders from ADP, and am looking forward to building strong relationships with my fellow dinner guests so that together we may continue to elevate Latino leadership in American business,” Phillips said.

    Phillips 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.

    Phillips also advises clients on the structure, implementation and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She 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. She has also designed, negotiated, and drafted equity-based compensation plans and employment, consulting, termination, severance, and change-in-control agreements, as well as advised clients on the associated ERISA, federal , and securities implications.

    Phillips received her LL.M. in taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006, her J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1999, and her A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1989. She is a member of The Alumni Society.

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  • Nov 26, 2018Karen Phillips Guest Lectures for University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic

    Karen E. Phillips, Senior Counsel of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented a lecture and discussion for law students in the University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic on November 19.  In her lecture, Philips covered the most common forms of equity compensation utilized by early-stage startup companies, the reasons for choosing one over the other, and the applicable tax and securities law considerations.  The students then worked through a scenario to advise a fictitious client on how to structure equity compensation arrangements for the employees of their startup.

    Michigan Law’s Entrepreneurship Clinic, part of the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program, is an innovative clinical law program that represents and advises University of Michigan student-led entrepreneurial ventures and other entrepreneurial ventures.  The Entrepreneurship Clinic gives law students a chance to gain practical experience by representing real clients.

    “The University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic was started by one of my former law school classmates, Dana Roach Thompson, and is the first of its kind,” said Phillips.  “I’m tremendously proud of the work that Dana is doing with the clinic and am so very grateful that she asked me to assist her students in this Fall’s clinic.  I got so much from my education at the University of Michigan, in both the Business School and the Law School, that I’m happy to have the opportunity to give a little back.”

    Phillips represents clients in 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.

    Phillips also advises clients on the structure, implementation, and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs, and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She 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.  She 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.

    Phillips received her LL.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and her A.B. from the University of Chicago. She is a member of The Alumni Society and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

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  • May 03, 2018Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Counsel

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Karen E. Phillips as Senior Counsel in the executive compensation and employee benefits group.

    Ms. Phillips 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.

    Ms. Phillips also advises clients on the structure, implementation and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She 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.

    Ms. Phllips received her LL.M. in taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D. from the University of Michigan, and her A.B. from the University of Chicago. She is a member of The Alumni Society and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

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