J. G. Ritter, II’s practice focuses on all areas of employee benefits law. Jay’s employee benefits practice includes executive and stock-based compensation, ERISA issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, pension and welfare plans, and issues of fiduciary responsibility.
- Advised clients on the design and implementation of stock-based compensation plans, including stock options, awards of restricted and phantom stock and stock appreciation rights.
- Advised clients on all aspects of executive compensation, including the design, disclosure and implementation of supplemental pension plans, excess benefit plans and employment agreements.
- Negotiated employee benefits issues arising in numerous corporate acquisitions and divestitures and reorganizations.
- Advised clients on change in control and severance matters, including the golden parachute excise tax and executive compensation deduction limits.
- Designed and implemented employee stock ownership plans and alternative arrangements for the investment by qualified plans in employer securities.
- Advised clients in connection with the investment of plan assets in entities such as limited partnerships, limited liability companies, collective trusts and other nonpublic entities.
- Represented clients in ERISA litigation including suits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, claims for surplus pension assets and claims for benefits.
- Advised clients in connection with the standards of fiduciary duty prescribed by ERISA.
- JD, University of Richmond School of Law, 1979
- BA, Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, with distinction, 1975
- US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- Member, Virginia Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section
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