Member, Section of Taxation, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Sections of General Practice and Tax, 1978-present; Chairman, Committee on Domestic Relations Tax Problems, Section of Taxation, 1984-1986, American Bar Association
Steve is managing partner of the Washington office and former chair of the tax and employee benefits practice. He represents a variety of public and private clients on executive compensation, qualified retirement plans, and related benefits matters.
Steve’s practice focus is on executive compensation and retirement plans. He advises management and boards of directors about the tax, securities, and corporate aspects of compensation arrangements, including equity incentive plans, performance compensation, executive employment contracts and SERPs. His work includes representation of compensation committees. Steve also assists clients in design and compliance for retirement plans, including defined benefit plans.
Steve is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. In addition, he has taught classes on executive compensation, ESOPs and legal compliance for 403(b) retirement plans. While earning his law degree from George Washington University National Law Center, Steve served as a legislative assistant to Senator Bob Dole.
For more than 15 years, Steve has volunteered as a supervisor for DC EITC, a program providing free tax preparation for low income residents of the Washington DC area.
Representation of new public company created in spinoff in establishing executive compensation program, qualified retirement plan structure, and welfare benefits programs.
Representation of Fortune 100 company on executive compensation matters, including securities law compliance and advice for compensation committee.
Representation of CEO of Fortune 100 company on employment agreement and later separation agreement.
Advice on design and implementation of several cash balance conversions of defined benefit plans while obtaining favorable IRS determinations with no employee litigation.
Representation of private equity owned company in redesign and cost control of retirement and retiree health plans as part of investor exit transaction.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2015
Named to “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2014
Selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who, 1985-2012
AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell