J. MARK POERIO
For 30 years, Mark has been in private practice with a focus on executive compensation, employee benefits, and fiduciary matters, especially from a business, governance, tax, securities, and litigation perspective. He currently serves as President of the prestigious American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and on the executive board of the American Benefits Council.
Mark's clients include public and private companies, and he has significant experience with not-for-profit organizations. His business oriented pay-for-performance approach has led to his role as special counsel to compensation committees, as well as to his spearheading of projects designed to link executive compensation both to corporate goals and to the enforcement of post-employment covenants relating to trade secrets and restrictive covenants (such as non-competes).Mark also teaches at Georgetown Law – with his past courses focusing on executive compensation and governance, the design of benefit plans and employment-related agreements, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).
The Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, Boston, MA. February 2018 – present
- Consulting with clients on a wide variety of issues with respect to nonqualified deferred compensation and executive compensation
- All aspects of qualified and nonqualified retirement and deferred compensation plans and arrangements of taxable and tax exempt employers
- Designing and drafting equity compensation plans, performance-based incentives golden parachutes and employment agreements
- Employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions and changes in control (including golden parachutes)
- Executive employment agreements, severance, succession, and release agreements – representing both employers and individual executives
Paul Hastings, Washington, D.C., March 2000 - January 2018
Partner, Employment Law Dept.
- The same range of work described above.
- "Hitting Workplace Harassers Where It Hurts," National Law Journal (Jan. 2018).
- "U.S. Executive Compensation Litigation: Cannons to the Right ... and to the Left" (International Pension Lawyer, April 2013)
- "What Private Equity Managers Need to Know to Limit Their ERISA Obligations for Portfolio Company Pension Plans" (Bloomberg BNA, Nov. 2012)
- "Candor for Compensation Committees" (Corporate Board Member, 11/2011)
- "Crossing the Pond in Search of Better Executive Compensation Practices" (Corporate Governance Advisor, 3/10/2011)
- "Executive Pay and Loyalty: From Velvet Fist to Iron Glove" (Corporate Governance Advisor, 1/2010)
- "Say Hello to Smart Good-byes: ERISA and Severance Planning" (Legal Times, 6/2008)
PRESENTATIONS / ARTICLES / QUOTATIONS
- New Year -- New Stock Plan - Bloomberg Law Pension & Benefits Daily, February 21, 2018
Rankings and Awards
- 2016 - Present - Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- 2013 - 2018 Washington, D.C. Super lawyers List - Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Washington, DC
Professional and Community Involvement
- American College of Employee Benefit Counsel – President and Board Member
- American Benefits Council – Executive Board
- Georgetown Law School --Adjunct Professor, 2007-2016
- Maryland Association of Social Service Boards -- Past Vice-Chair and Head of Legislative Committee; Pro bono Counsel for federal tax matters since 2004
- MASSB Foundation -- Founder and Trustee (raising funds for social services involving child protection and family preservation)
- Cornell Law School, J.D., 1984 (cum laude)
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1980 (cum laude)
- District of Columbia
- Massachusetts (retired)
- New York (retired)