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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. His practice concentrates on equity compensation arrangements, qualified retirement plans, and health and welfare plans for domestic and international clients.

    Recent work has included representing purchasers and sellers in corporate transactions; drafting equity compensation plans and related securities filings; negotiating plan funding agreements for trustees and other financial institutions; providing ERISA counsel to lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of credit agreements; advising employers defending actions for fiduciary breach; terminating defined benefit plans and negotiating withdrawal liability for multiemployer plans; counseling employers on the restructure of postretirement medical plans; drafting privacy agreements and plan amendments for health plans and service providers; and representing issuers of equity and debt securities in private securities placements.

    Affiliations

    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, 2012-2012
    • 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

    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

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

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