Jonathan F. Lewis is a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group in New York. His practice encompasses a broad range of executive compensation, employee benefits and human resources matters. The scope of his practice includes:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on the private equity, healthcare and insurance sectors.
  • The design, operation and disclosure of executive compensation plans and programs.
  • The formation of private equity funds and the investment in the funds by ERISA pension plans.

Mr. Lewis is recognized by Chambers USA (2020) as a leader in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation. Clients say that he is “a very balanced adviser, super easy to work with, very commercial and on top of developments.” He has also been described as “an outstanding lawyer,” and “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 (2020) also recommends Mr. Lewis, where clients have praised his “creative and practical approach.”

Mr. Lewis is a frequent writer on legal developments regarding employee benefits and executive compensation. He is the author or co-author of the Russian chapter of “Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits,” Getting The Deal Through, (July, 2015); “Counting To 80,” Private Equity Manager (August, 2013); “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); “Buyer Beware (Employee Edition): Employee Benefit Covenants Could Have Unintended Consequences On ERISA Plans,” The M&A Lawyer (March, 2012); “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, 2d ed. 2016); 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 Practicing Law Institute’s “Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company” (March, 2017).

Mr. Lewis received his B.A. 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. 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.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, 1994, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 1990, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York