G. William Tysse


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  • 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
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar Association 

Will 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 regular contributor to the “Just Compensation” blog (www.justcompblog.com) and is a co-author of a BNA portfolio on compensation committees.

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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.

Named to “Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2014
Co-author, "Agreements Containing Release-of-Claims Provisions May Require Section 409A Amendments Before Year-End," Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 3, Winter 2012
Co-author, "Top 10 Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Items for 2012 Proxy Season," BNA Pension & Benefits Daily, December 15, 2011
Author, "The SOX ‘Clawback’ Provision: SEC Enforcement Action Shines the Spotlight," The Corporate Counselor, February 2010
Co-author, Compensation Committees, BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolio No. 73-2nd, 2008
Co-presenter, "Dealing with the IRS – Best Practices for Avoiding an Audit and How to Navigate the Process if Your Organization is Selected," Non-Profits and Associations Forum, ACC National Capital Region, May 12, 2015
Co-speaker, "Hot Topics for Proxy/Annual Reporting Season," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, November 18, 2014
Speaker, "CEO Pay Ratio Rule," SEC Compliance, Disclosure and Enforcement Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, October 22, 2013
Speaker, "Preparing for the 2013 Proxy and Annual Reporting Season," SEC Compliance and Enforcement Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, November 15, 2012
Speaker, SEC Compliance and Enforcement Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, September 25, 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
Co-presenter, "Section 409A—Compliance, Corrections and Alternatives," Southern Employee Benefits Conference Spring Fly-In 2010, April 30, 2010
SEC Finalizes Say-on-Pay Rules, January 31, 2011