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Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group

222 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60601

+1 (312) 609 7647

Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group

Thomas P. Desmond is Co-Chair of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits practice group, a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chair of the firm’s Compensation Committee.

Mr. Desmond served as Chair of the firm’s Corporate practice area from 2012-2016, and 1991-1994, and also served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1994 to 2003.

Mr. Desmond’s practice includes advising corporations and financial institutions with respect to executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and governance matters. His corporate engagements have included acting as advisor to boards of directors and to compensation, audit, governance and other special committees of boards of directors of public and privately held corporations.

Mr. Desmond is known nationally for his representation of corporations, compensation committees and executives with respect to employment, retirement and separation arrangements affecting senior executives, incentive compensation programs and related regulatory and disclosure requirements. His assignments in this area have included employment arrangements, compensation plans, and regulatory and disclosure matters relating to numerous organizations, including Ace Hardware, Beam, Calamos Investments, ConAgra, Delphi, Dimensional Fund Advisors, DIRECTV, Fifth Third, First Midwest, Fiserv, Harris Associates, Hershey, Hyatt, ING, LPGA, MB Financial, PepsiCo, PGA Tour, Protective Life, Stancorp Financial, Swiss Re, Tellabs, Treehouse Foods, Visa, United Way and a number of private equity-sponsored entities.

Mr. Desmond has also spoken and written on executive compensation and governance issues and has been quoted on these matters in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Since 2011, Mr. Desmond has been ranked in Chambers USA in the Illinois Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Compensation category. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law from 2015 to 2017. In addition, Mr. Desmond received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Desmond was selected for inclusion from 2005 to 2017 in Illinois Super Lawyers. He is also a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. The Legal 500 United States recognized Mr. Desmond in the Labor and Employment—Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation category.

Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1979
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1978, cum laude

Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Affiliations

  • Member, The Economic Club of Chicago

Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group

Thomas P. Desmond

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Compensation Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group