Susan is widely considered to be a ‘true star’ and an ‘all-around lawyer’ who is ‘extremely good at representing senior executives.
Chambers USA

Susan Serota, former practice leader of Pillsbury's Executive Compensation & Benefits practice, is consistently recognized in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and Best Lawyers (1987 — present).

Based in New York and Washington DC, Susan represents a global clientele, including government entities, on employee benefits, global equity programs, pensions, deferred compensation and stock option programs, senior executives’ employment/compensation arrangements and ERISA fiduciary matters. Susan also advises on employee benefit aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, welfare plans and securities law matters. She is a former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

Professional Highlights

  • Awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award by the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section.
  • Appointed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to serve on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • Recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500 U.S. since 2012 and as a “Star Individual” by Chambers USA since 2011.

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  • Honors & Awards
    • Named “Employment Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers in conjunction with its 2013 Women in Law U.S. Awards.
    • Chambers USA, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation—National (2005 - 2018), Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation—New York (2013 - 2019)
    • New York's Women Leaders in the Law, ALM and New York Magazine (2014)
    • Employment Lawyer of the Year Award, Chambers’ Women in Law US Awards (2013)
    • Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (2011)
    • Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (1987 - 2021)
    • The Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation – Leading Lawyer (2012 - 2018), Executive Benefits and Executive Compensation (2007 - 2016), Employee Health and Retirement Plans—Leading Lawyer (2018)
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Labor & Employee Benefits – Employee Benefits & Pensions – New York (2007 - 2012)
    • Guide to the World's Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2011, 2013)
    • WEBA Achievement in Benefits Service Award, Worldwide Employee Benefits (2005)
  • Associations
    • Member of the Bloomberg BNA Compensation Planning Advisory Board, 2017
    • Treasurer and Director, American Tax Policy Institute 2008 - present
    • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel, 1996 - present, Regent for Second Circuit, 2000 - 2005
    • Charter Member, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, 2000 - present, President 2004 - 2005, Director 2000 - 2005
    • Delegate, National Summit on Retirement Savings, 1998 and 2002
    • Co-Chair, ABA National Institute on Employee Plans in Mergers and Acquisitions, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 - 2009
    • ABA—Section on Taxation, Chair, 2006 - 2007; Vice-Chair, Professional Services, 1999 - 2001; Chair, Committee on Employee Benefits, 1992 - 1993; Council Director 1994 - 1997.
    • ABA—Chair, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, 1988 - 1989.
    • ABA—Section on Business Law, Member, Executive Compensation Subcommittee, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, 1995 - present.
    • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Securities Law Committee, 2001 - present.
    • New York State Bar Association, Executive Committee, Tax Section, 1988 - 1991.
    • International Pension and Employee Benefit Lawyers Association, Co-Chair 1993 - 1995.
  • Board of Directors
    • American Bar Retirement Association 1994 - 2004, President 1999 - 2000
  • Advisory Board
    • ALI-ABA Employee Benefits Advisory Panel 2006 - present
    • Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law, January, 1999 - present
    • Tax Management, Inc., 1995 - present
    • Legal Momentum, 2002 - 2013
  • Speaking Engagements
    • “Cybersecurity and Pensions and Benefits,” CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension And Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference, 06/10/18
    • Cybersecurity: Data and Asset Protection Duties of ERISA Fiduciaries, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits webinar, 09/07/17
    • Executive Remuneration and Shareholder 'Say on Pay,' IPEBLA 16th International Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 05/28/17
    • “Picking Your Virtual Pocket: Cyber Risks for Stock Professionals,” National Association of Stock Plan Professionals Chapter Meeting, 05/19/17
    • Cyber Exposures for Employee Benefit Plans, 14th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, Chicago, MI, 03/01/17

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1971

    A.B., University of Michigan, 1967

Admissions

  • New York

    District of Columbia