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    Mark Jones

    Mark Jones

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    Mark C. Jones is a partner in the law firm’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice and is located in the Los Angeles and San Diego offices. He advises public and private companies and senior executives on deferred compensation, stock awards, performance incentives and severance pay, and has significant experience with international compensation, banking regulations and California blue sky laws.

    Recent work has included:

    • designing stock options, restricted stock units (RSUs), employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) and profits interests for C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and LLCs;
    • resolving potentially adverse tax treatment under Sections 162(m), 280G and 409A of the Code;
    • setting up rabbi and secular trusts;
    • negotiating services agreements with investment advisors, consultant and third party administrators;
    • advising multinational corporations on FATCA, FBAR and Sections 402(b) and 457A of the Code;
    • helping Compensation Committees broker the demands of institutional shareholders and their advisors;
    • drafting 457(f) deferred compensation plans with governmental and nonprofit entities;
    • negotiating employment agreements, offer letters and severance agreements;
    • preparing correction filings to the IRS and Department of Labor and representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries on audit; and
    • advising employers facing shareholder litigation and defending actions for fiduciary breach

    Mr. Jones helps employers and executives revise their compensation strategy in connection with mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, financings and IPOs. He also advises on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and health care arrangements, and is a frequent speaker on the Dodd Frank and Affordable Care Acts.

    Honors & Awards
    • Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2013, 2015)
    • American Bar Association, Section on Taxation, Committee on Employee Benefits, 1999–present
      • Chair, Subcommittee on International Benefits Issues, Committee on Employee Benefits, 2014–present
      • Vice Chair, Subcommittee on International Benefits Issues, Committee on Employee Benefits, 2012–2014
      • Young Lawyers Liaison, Subcommittee on International Benefits Issues, Committee on Employee Benefits, 2007–2012
      • John Nolan Fellow, 2004–2005
      • Task Force on the Alternative Minimum Tax, 2003–2004
    • Director, Global Equity Organization, Southern California, 2014–present
    • Pacific Coast Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division of the Council to the Internal Revenue Service, 2012–present
    • Western Pension Benefit Council, 2013–present
    Recent Presentations and Speeches

    “Employment Law Outlook 2015” Pillsbury presentation, Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 10, 2015 and San Diego, Cal., Feb. 12, 2015

    Panel discussion, “Global Equity Compensation,” ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, Houston, Tex., Jan. 29, 2015

    “Does Compliance Stop at the U.S. Border? Why Your Compensation Plans May Need to Be Amended,” Global Equity Organization, Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 11, 2014

    Panel discussion, “FATCA: Practical Considerations for Nonfinancial Companies,” ABA Section of Taxation Joint Fall Meeting, Denver, Col., Sept. 19, 2014

    “Six Steps to Running an Effective Retirement Plan,” Retirement Plan Advisory Group, San Diego, Cal., June 19, 2014

    “Creating a ‘Best Practices’ Retirement Plan,” Moss Adams, Irvine, Cal., May 26, 2014

    Panel discussion, “Application of Windsor to Multinational Companies and Internationally Mobile Employees,” ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 9, 2014

    “Wellness Programs – What’s Tasty, Fit and Hip with California Employers?,” Western Pension Benefit Council, Los Angeles, Cal., Apr. 24, 2014

    “Electronic Disclosure of Plan Documents: Should the Department of Labor Guidance Be Liberalized?”, Conference of the Council to the IRS Tax Exempt/Governmental Entities Division, Baltimore, Md., Feb. 27, 2014

    “Extension on Implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA),” ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 24, 2014

    Panel Discussion, “Maintaining Good Internal Control,” Regional Conference of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), Universal City, Cal., Jan. 23, 2014

    “Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know in 2014,” Pillsbury MCLE Marathon, San Diego, Cal., Jan. 16, 2014 and Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 14, 2014

    "Reducing Plan Risks for DOL Inspections or Audits," DOL Audit Luncheon, Irvine, Cal., July 31 and Nov. 13, 2013

    “Focus on Health Care Reform: How to Restructure your Plan to Avoid Penalties and Bring Down Costs,” Pillsbury webinar, Aug. 6, 2013

    “Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Employers,” NYU School of Law, New York, N.Y., June 21, 2013

    “Update on Global Equity Plan Issues,” ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2013

    “Health Care Reform ‘Pay or Play’ Workshop,” Pillsbury webinar, Apr. 23, 2013

    “403(b) and 401(k) Fiduciary Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them,” 401(k) Advisors Healthcare Conference, La Jolla, Cal., Mar. 27, 2013

    “Wellness: How to Ensure that Wellness Offerings Don’t Legally Ensnare Your Organization in ACA, ADA, COBRA, ERISA or HIPAA Traps,” BLR Employee Benefits Bootcamp, Feb. 19, 2013

    “Top 10 Fiduciary Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them,” San Diego, Cal., Jan. 30, 2013

    “7 Steps to Running a Smart Stock Option Plan,” Pillsbury MCLE Marathon, San Diego, Cal., Jan. 31, 2013 and Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 29, 2013

    Panel discussion, “Global Equity Incentive Pay,” ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, Orlando, Fla., January 25, 2013

    “Upcoming Tax Assessments under PPACA,” ERISA Industry Committee, October 17, 2012

    “Recent Changes in Local Law Relating to Cross-Border Equity Compensation,” ABA Section of Taxation Joint Fall CLE Meeting, Boston, Mass., Sept. 14, 2012

    "New Rules on Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Obligations: What to Do to Avoid Fiduciary Liability," Pillsbury webinar, May 16, 2012

    Panel discussion, "Proposed Regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act," ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2012

    2012 Employee Wellness Programs: Overcoming HIPAA, COBRA and ADA Hurdles,” Business and Legal Resources (BLR) & HR Hero webinar, Apr. 3, 2012

    "Providing Equity Compensation for a Global Workforce," ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, San Diego, Cal., Feb. 17, 2012

    "Top Ten Fiduciary Considerations for Your Benefit Programs," Pillsbury MCLE Marathon, Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 10, 2012, San Diego, Cal., Jan. 12, 2012, Palo Alto, Cal., Jan. 18, 2012 and San Francisco, Cal., Jan. 20, 2012

    State of California
    State of New York
    J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999
    A.B., Princeton University, 1994
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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