CHAIR, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS & EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Jonathan Clark serves as chair of Blank Rome’s employee benefits and executive compensation group, and concentrates his practice on a variety of employee benefits, executive compensation, and related matters, including:
- Benefits and compensation issues arising during transactions, including plan asset transfers, management investment in leveraged buyouts, ESOPs, and other employee ownership vehicles
- Equity-based compensation arrangements for directors and executives, including stock option, restricted stock, and phantom stock programs
- The design, implementation, operation, communication, and termination of qualified retirement plans
Jonathan frequently writes and lectures on securities and executive compensation law for leading industry publications and conferences.
Before joining Blank Rome, Jonathan was a partner at an Am Law 100 firm in Philadelphia where he served as the co-chair of the firm’s employee benefits practice group. He also served as general counsel and leader of business development and strategy for a business-to-business Internet-based company providing disposition chain management solutions for the industrial assets of Fortune 500 companies. This experience has given him the client’s perspective and an understanding of corporate business issues.
From 1996 to 1999, he was an associate in the benefits and compensation practice group of a major Philadelphia law firm. Jonathan previously served as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program at Temple University School of Law, and as a law clerk for the Hon. Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in Camden, NJ.
Chambers USA notes that Jonathan “is considered a leading authority on executive compensation and employee benefit matters, with notable experience in the design, operation and termination of an array of plans” and that “[c]lients describe him as ‘highly regarded,’ ‘knowledgeable, practical and client-focused,’ and ‘strong technically, and able to figure out a way to get to the desired result.’”