ERISA Attorney / Employee Benefits Counsel

Houston, TX
Full Time
Practice Areas: Securities, Compliance, Executive Compensation Job #: 00025173 Exp.: 5 - 10 Years
Our greatest asset has been and will continue to be our people. We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the position of ERISA Attorney/Employee Benefits Counsel within our Compensation and Benefits group based in Houston, TX.

Essential Job Duties:
Non-Qualified Plans
  • Provide expert advice for non-qualified benefit plans, including assisting in benefit plan design and managing the drafting of plan documents, plan amendments, board resolutions and related agreements
  • Provide expert advice and consultation regarding ERISA as well as the Internal Revenue Code, securities law and related HR laws as they pertain to employer-sponsored non-qualified benefit plans and executive compensation programs
  • Monitor and analyze benefits-related legal and regulatory developments

Qualified Plans
  • Provide support as needed related to qualified benefit plans, including: assisting with the benefit plan design and manage the drafting of plan documents, plan amendments, board resolutions and trust agreements
  • Provide drafting/reviewing/editing oversight in connection with mergers of employee benefit plans
  • Provide representation in matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and/or other agencies involving employee benefits plans
  • Provide support regarding ERISA as well as the Internal Revenue Code, securities law and related HR laws as they pertain to qualified benefit plans

Executive Compensation and Securities
  • Provide expert advice and drafting support related to executive compensation arrangements and compensation-related disclosure and corporate governance matters related to compensation, including providing advice and preparation, as appropriate, of filings under the Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act, include filings on Form 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K; proxy statement filings; and securities offering filings
  • Review and prepare Compensation Committee materials for Occidental’s board of directors

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Provide expert advice and consultation and provide drafting and negotiation support regarding employee, labor and employee benefit plan implications of company mergers and acquisitions

Required Qualifications:
  • Law degree from ABA accredited school and current bar admission (Texas bar membership preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years (7-10 years’ experience strongly preferred) in a similar ERISA Attorney / Benefits Counsel role
  • Strongly preferred experience from a large law firm working with large public energy companies
  • Expert knowledge and experience with ERISA, securities, benefits, compliance and tax issues, executive compensation matters and disclosure requirements
  • Proven ability to analyze complex legal and regulatory developments affecting employer-sponsored benefit plans and executive compensation programs and ability to share key implications and insights in cogent written form
  • Strong research and analytical skills and ability to exercise sound business judgment and work both independently and as part of an integrated legal team
  • Strong service orientation and sense of urgency regarding client needs
  • Ability to handle a significant workload (volume and complexity)
  • Action oriented, timely and organized with ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects with overlapping priorities and deadlines
  • Collaborative style with good interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. High level ability to build relationships and engage effectively on cross-functional teams. Able to coach and guide others
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills. Ability to communicate complex concepts in simple, non-technical language
  • Proficient in computer systems including MS products (Word; Excel and PowerPoint)

Occidental does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role

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