Kimberly B. Wethly - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Kimberly B. Wethly

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 617-526-6481

Kimberly Wethly is the chair of the Tax Practice Group and a member of the FinTech Group. She joined the firm in 1997.


Ms. Wethly has extensive experience in all aspects of executive compensation, including applicable tax, corporate securities and accounting issues. Ms. Wethly has represented both public and privately held companies' boards of directors and compensation committees and corporate executives. She advises the firm's corporate clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, spin offs, formation, financings, restructurings and public offerings. Ms. Wethly's proficiency encompasses equity compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation, incentive plans, and executive, retention, severance and change-in-control agreements.


Recent publications by Ms. Wethly include "Best Practices for Option Grants by VC-Backed Companies,” published as a WilmerHale Email Alert and later published in Bloomberg Law Reports, October 2009; "Structuring Stock Options and Severance Payments after Section 409A," published in Spring 2006 edition of the Venture Capital Review; and "Stock Option Pricing Issues for Private Companies: Our Recommendations in Light of Section 409A and Recent AICPA Guidance," published as a WilmerHale Email Alert.

Boston CollegeBA Boston College Law SchoolJ.D.

Client Comments

"Kim is thorough, knowledgeable, and extremely responsive. She is able to provide practical advice on ERISA matters and she explains the rules in a most straight forward and understandable way. She is a joy to work with."

-Diana Young

"ERISA rules and regulations are very complex and fraught with traps for the unwary. Kimberly B. Wethly, an ERISA partner at WilmerHale, is exceptionally talented. Kim is able to explain ERISA and its impact on our company in a clear and concise manner, which is not easy. She is practical, highly responsive, and very efficient."

Office Location

60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Practice Areas

Tax Law