Areas of Practice
Jonathan F. Lewis is a partner in the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group in New York. His practice encompasses a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters including public and private mergers and acquisitions; the design, operation and disclosure of executive compensation plans and programs, with a focus on management equity arrangements; and formation of investment funds, such as hedge funds and private equity funds, and the investment in the funds by ERISA pension plans. Mr. Lewis is recognized by Chambers USA (2012) as a leader in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, where he is described by clients as “a superstar” with “incredible knowledge of a complex field, he is very practical and gives advice that is appreciated from a client's perspective.” The Legal 500 US (2013) also recommends Mr. Lewis, with clients praising his “creative and practical approach.”
Mr. Lewis is a frequent writer on legal developments regarding executive compensation and employee benefits. He is the author or co-author of “Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers: Two Years In,” Westlaw Journal - Health Law (March 2013); “Employee Equity Repurchases Draw SEC Scrutiny,” The M&A Lawyer (March 2013); “Wage and Price Controls in Private Equity?,” The M&A Journal (June 2011); “To Change or Not to Change: Should Sponsors Modify Management Equity Due to the Market Downturn?,” The M&A Lawyer (February 2010); “Private Equity and Hedge Fund Arrangements,” a chapter in Section 409A Handbook (BNA Books, 2010 and 2011 supp.); and “Mind the (Funding) Gap: Trouble Ahead for Multiemployer Plans,” Private Equity Manager (January 2010). Mr. Lewis is also a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, including the NY City Bar's “Advising Clients on Say-On-Pay & Related Executive Compensation Issues” (November 2012).
Mr. Lewis received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College in 1990 and his J.D. with high honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1994, where he was Editor in Chief of The George Washington Law Review, and a member of Order of the Coif. Mr. Lewis served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stewart Dalzell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1996.
George Washington University Law School, 1994, J.D.
Harvard University, 1990, A.B.