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Steven D. Kittrell


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  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, Tax, 1981
  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1978
  • Baylor University, BA, cum laude, 1974
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

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 former 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.

Working with my clients to balance the interests of the company, executives and investors while complying with multiple legal requirements makes our executive compensation representations very rewarding personally and professionally.
T: +1 202 857 1701F: +1 202 828 2975skittrell@mcguirewoods.com2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

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., 2005-2016

Named to “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2015

Selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who, 1985-2012

AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Co-author, "Tatum “Reverse Stock-Drop” Case Has Important Lessons for Employers and Fiduciaries," Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, October 2014
Co-author, "Compensation Committees," BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio, 2008-present
Speaker, "Executive Compensation Disclosure," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, May 19, 2015
Speaker, Recent IRS Guidance on Post-Windsor Spousal Benefits in Retirement Plans, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 14, 2014
Speaker, "What You Need to Know About Governance Today," A Two-Day Corporate Governance & Compliance Directors Institute, June 13-14, 2013
Speaker, Benefits Law and Regulation: What More is Coming in 2013?, Bloomberg BNA Webinar, May 2, 2013
Speaker, Impact of the 2012 Elections on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Bloomberg BNA Webinar, November 13, 2012
Presenter, "Say-on-Pay: How 2011 Experiences Will Affect the 2012 Proxy Season," Thompson Reuters, December 7, 2011
Presenter, "Say-on-Pay: Getting it Right," Thompson Reuters, June 27, 2011
Presenter, "The Shifting Ground of Executive Compensation Disclosure," Virginia Bar Association, October 20, 2009
SEC Finalizes Say-on-Pay Rules, January 31, 2011