A very pragmatic business partner, very easy to deal with, very knowledgeable and client-focused and has a great attitude. He's an all-around nice person to work with.
Chambers USA, 2018-2019

Pillsbury partner Jon Ocker specializes in advising public companies, boards of directors and high profile executives on compensation and corporate governance issues.

Jon is often referred to as the “CD&A/Say on Pay Doctor.” He is the only lawyer known to have represented chip war adversaries Intel and Advanced Micro Devices simultaneously. When Jon advises clients not to do something, they generally listen.

Before joining Pillsbury, Jon was the chair of the Compensation and Benefits group at Orrick.

Professional Highlights

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (2019)

Recognized by Chambers USA in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Termination: Working Through the Consequences,” CompensationStandards.com Webinar, May 7, 2019
  • “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em? Timing of Executive Officer Terminations and Severance,” National Association of Stock Plan Professionals’ 26th Annual NASPP Conference & Exhibition, September 27, 2018
  • Emerging Companies HR Network, Mercer, June 16, 2015

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  • Speaking Engagements (continued)
    • "Regulations' Impact on Compensation: Now and in the Future", Compensation Strategies to Build Shareholder Value Panel, New York Stock Exchange, March 31, 2015
    • Corporate Board Member, "Compensation Strategies to Build Shareholder Value," New York Stock Exchange, April 10, 2013
    • Moderator, "Proxy Issues 2013," Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, January 8, 2013
    • "Dodd-Frank and the Rising Tide of Shareholder Empowerment: What Companies, Shareholders, Advisors and Litigators Need to Know," Menlo Park, CA, May 11, 2011
    • "Trends and News with Global Share Plans: The Challenges and Opportunities" Global Equity Organization 2007 Hong Kong Regional Event
    • "China & Equity Compensation" Beijing, March 2007
    • "An Overview of U.S. Stock Plans Maintained by Non-U.S. Corporations," Global Equity Organization Annual Conference, 2002
    • "Hiring and Firing the CEO," Practicing Law Institute, August 2001
  • Honors & Awards
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
    • 2012 Pro Bono Service Award
  • Memberships
    • American Bar Association: Business Law and Tax Sections
    • American College of Employee Benefits Lawyers
    • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
  • National Moot Court
    • Order of Barristers
  • Publications
    • “The State of Play on Clawbacks and Forfeitures Based on Misconduct,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 2019.
    • "The Repeal of the Section 162(m) Performance-Based Exception: The End of Performance Pay?," Corporate Governance Advisor, April/May 2018
    • Co-Author, "Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals," March 2016
    • Co-Author, "Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines," May 2015
    • Co-Author, "Pay For Performance Table and Best Proxy Disclosure" May 2015
    • Co-Author, "Practical Advice for 162m Compliance," April 2015
    • "Compensation & Benefits: ISS 2013 Policy Updates," November 2012
    • "After the Storm: Employers' Obligations After Sandy," November 2012
    • "New Wave of Proxy Statement Injunctive Lawsuits: How to Win & Prevent Them," October 2012


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 1978

    B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975


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