Susan P. Serota - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
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Susan P. Serota

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987

Ms. Serota is the leader of Pillsbury’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice. Ms. Serota has experience in all areas of pensions, employee benefits, executive compensation and stock options. She has significant experience in the compensation of senior executives, fiduciary matters relating to ERISA and other plans, international benefits, employee benefit aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, ERISA fiduciary litigation and securities law matters. Ms. Serota advises multi-national companies on global equity programs and cross-border plan investments.  She also advises both foreign and domestic governmental entities, regarding pensions, deferred compensation and privatizing certain pension/social security/invalidity payment systems.  Ms. Serota’s assignments have included: negotiating and drafting executive compensation arrangements including stock option and other equity or performance award plans, golden parachutes and antitakeover devices; advising compensation committees of public boards of directors on executive and director compensation arrangements and disclosure of such programs; drafting employee pension, profit sharing plans; plan governance reviews; DOL advisory opinion requests; advising US and non-US companies on tax and securities issues in global equity-based plans; advising on executive employment contracts issues; serving as company ERISA counsel; advising on ERISA fiduciary litigation; and providing expert testimony in litigation on breach of fiduciary duty and benefit claims. As Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation (2006-2007), Ms. Serota led the largest organization of U.S. tax lawyers in numerous activities, including involvement with tax legislation, regulations and educating the public. She is the past Chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee and was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to serve on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Ms. Serota also was a founder and  Chair of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (1993-1995) and continues to speak at many international conferences. Ms. Serota is the. Editor, ERISA Fiduciary Law, BNA Books 2nd Ed, 2006, Supplement 2009; and the Author, Employee Share Plans: International Legal and Tax Issues, Second Edition, Chapter on United States,  Globe Law and Business, 2011.

University of MichiganNew York University School of Law

Client Comments

"Susan Serota is super, super smart. She responds immediately at all times (even when on vacation!). She communicates directly, respectfully, clearly, and provides excellent, practical counsel."

"Susan has true expertise in the law and also deep experience across a wide variety of industries. This allows her to add extra value when advising a board or compensation team. Susan and her team at Pillsbury are also highly collaborative, which facilitates their work in delivering innovative solutions and settlements."

-Susan Wolf
Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Staff Vice President

Office Location

1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4039
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the New York City Metro Area
Susan P. Serota has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Corporate and Partnership Transactions, ERISA, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Responsibility, International, Pension, Health and Welfare, Qualified Plans, Tax)

Other Information

Gender: Female