Stewart Reifler is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and is the head of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits practice in the New York office.
He negotiates and structures executive employment, executive severance and executive compensation arrangements on behalf of both executives and companies. He has represented Fortune 500 companies and their senior executive officers, boards of directors and their compensation committees, as well as private-equity and other investment firms. Mr. Reifler focuses his practice on all aspects of executive compensation, including equity-based compensation, cash incentive compensation, deferred compensation, retirement and welfare-benefit arrangements, and director compensation. He has extensive experience in employment and severance agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance, and has been involved in many high-profile transactions.
Mr. Reifler is co-author of the Compensation Committee Handbook, 3rd edition, published by John Wiley & Sons. He speaks often on executive compensation and equity-based compensation topics, and has presented at conferences of the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), American Lawyer Media, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, the Equilar Executive Compensation Summit, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), the New York State Employee Benefits Conference, the Bank Executive & Board Compensation Conference, WorldatWork and Wall Street Transcripts. He has been quoted in BusinessWeek, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Accountancy, International Tax Review and Practical Accountant. In addition, his articles on executive compensation have appeared in the National Law Journal, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, The Tax Executive, The Journal of Compensation and Benefits, Mergers and Acquisitions, Director’s Monthly, Directors and Boards, Securities Regulatory Update, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, Estate Tax Planning Advisor and The Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits.
Mr. Reifler is a licensed attorney in New York and Connecticut and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the ABA, the New York State Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the NASPP.
Mr. Reifler is a member of the AICPA Executive Compensation Steering Committee and the CompensationStandards.com Executive Compensation Task Force. Mr. Reifler serves on the Advisory Board of Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, and he is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and New York Super Lawyers.
- New York Law School, J.D., 1992, magna cum laude
- Bard College, B.A., 1979
- New York, 1992
- Connecticut, 1992
- U.S. Tax Court, 1992
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, New York State Bar Association
- Member, Connecticut Bar Association
- Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Member, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
- Member, CompensationStandards.com, Executive Compensation Task Force
- Member, Advisory Board, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly
- Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Executive Compensation Steering Committee