Jeffrey J. Bakker - Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Jeffrey J. Bakker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Jeffrey J. Bakker represents companies with respect to a wide array of executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including: designing and preparing deferred compensation and equity compensation plans; ensuring tax and ERISA compliance of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans (including defined contribution, defined benefit and cash balance plans); advising clients as to their fiduciary responsibilities with respect to employee benefit plans; and counseling clients on the administration of welfare benefit plans (including matters related to the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act). His practice also includes providing assistance in the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions and the negotiation and preparation of employment and separation agreements.

Jeff is recognized as a leader in the 2010-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in “Labor & Employment: Benefits & Compensation”). Jeff has been included in The Legal 500 United States 2014and 2015 editorials (recommended in "Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation"), where he is described as “fantastic, responsive and has really good business sense. He is always at the top of his game.” He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012-2016 editions of Illinois Super Lawyers.

Jeff is a frequent speaker on compensation and benefits issues. Topics on which Jeff has spoken include employer responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act and in-plan 401(k) conversions.

Before beginning his legal career in 1997, Jeff worked as an actuarial technician for four years with a major Chicago consulting firm.

Jeff is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the American Bar Association.

Monmouth CollegeBA 1990University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignJ.D. 1997

Client Comments

"Great to work with. Very knowledgeable and responsive."

"He has the ability to make a very complicated area of the tax law easy to understand and work with. He's very responsive and very helpful. "

"Jeffrey Bakker's most noteworthy trait is his advocacy for the client in a manner that leaves nothing to doubt. At the same time, he knows how to best utilize that advocacy including compromise. He is exceptionally pleasant to work with, timely in his responses, and thorough in asking questions that will ultimately inform his opinion. He does not assume the answer nor does he bias the results."

-Robert J. Moore
Chief Financial Officer
LPL Financial

"Jeffrey Bakker has very strong technical and practical skills. He is very helpful in addressing technically challenging areas, like 409A, with practical solutions. "

Office Location

Two North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602-3801
United States

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Other Information

Gender: Male