G. William Tysse Partner

Will is co-chair of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation group. He focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. He has extensive experience advising public, private and nonprofit clients on all aspects of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including excess and supplemental retirement plans, cash and equity incentive plans, and employment and severance agreements.

He is particularly experienced with Section 409A requirements, and regularly advises clients in other areas of executive compensation law, including Section 162(m), Section 280G, the SEC’s executive compensation proxy disclosure rules and the executive compensation aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

He also advises clients on the tax and securities law aspects of stock option plans, including incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plans. He has experience advising clients on the tax and ERISA-related aspects of qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans, health and welfare plans and other fringe benefits.

Will is a co-author of a BNA portfolio on compensation committees.


Serving as outside ERISA counsel to a midcap defense contractor on all aspects of the company’s employee benefits programs, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, M&A, executive compensation and SEC disclosure.

Advising multinational manufacturing company on implementation of Section 409A compliance measures for global executive compensation program.

Advising private equity firm with $100 million under management on design and administration of equity compensation plans for portfolio companies.

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2023

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design; Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional; 2022

Selected for inclusion, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Band 4, District of Columbia, Chambers USA, 2022

Named to “Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2014

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 2004
  • University of Oxford, MSt, with Distinction, 2001
  • University of Virginia, BA, with Distinction, 2000

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar Association 

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