We advise companies on all aspects of equity and deferred compensation planning for executives. Our in-depth understanding of tax, including IRC Section 409A compliance, accounting, disclosure, and securities considerations allows us to provide the necessary guidance to implement and administer effective equity compensation arrangements, bonus programs, and deferred compensation plans.

Focused on Clients

Employers of all kinds — public, privately held, tax-exempt, and governmental — rely on Friday, Eldredge & Clark to handle their unique executive compensation plan needs. Our clients based in this state and beyond represent a “who’s who” of leading employers and include:

  • State and regional energy utilities
  • Banks and bank holding companies
  • A large regional department store retailer
  • Food processing companies with regional and national reach
  • The largest Arkansas health systems and hospitals
  • Family business interests with ownership of multiple entities
  • Educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations

Our practice includes clients of all sizes. Our clients get the same attention to detail and insightful legal guidance whether they are sole proprietors or large public companies with thousands of employees.

Focused on Services

Our employee benefits attorneys will help create executive compensation plans that will aid employers in attracting, rewarding and retaining key employees. With the depth of experience of our Employee Benefits Practice Group, our attorneys know how to design, fund and implement equity and non-equity plans that abide by state and federal laws. We work closely with your company to design a creative and competitive compensation plan to fit the unique needs of your company and employees. We also have extensive experience in IRC Section 409A compliance and whether any corrections are necessary for your plan. 

Services include:

  • Design of equity and non-equity compensation plans
  • IRC Section 409A compliance 
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Tax planning
  • Employment agreements
  • Bonus programs
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation plans

Focus on our Team

The Employee Benefits Practice Group has a combined total of more than 150 years of experience working with employers on their employee benefits needs. The group focuses exclusively on the tax and ERISA (Employee Retirement and Income Security Act) concerns of your unique benefits plan and compensation needs. Every member of the group has a Master of Laws in Taxation and many are certified public accountants (inactive). Most members of the Employee Benefits Practice Group are recognized for their work in The Best Lawyers in America, and several have received special recognition from such authoritative organizations as Chambers and Partners and the American College of Tax Counsel.