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A.B., with highest honors, The College of William and Mary

M.A., Bryn Mawr College

Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

J.D., magna cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

As a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice, Anita concentrates her practice in the areas of executive compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation, 409A tax compliance, equity-based plans, and cross-border issues. She assists all types of employers, ranging from small, closely held corporations and nonprofit organizations to large, publicly traded multinational companies. Where appropriate, she also advises executives or their employment counsel on the tax consequences of their benefits and compensation, including those arising under employment and severance agreements such as 409A tax compliance.

Anita has extensive experience advising employers on their executive compensation matters, whether negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements or designing incentive programs and nonqualified deferred compensation plans that provide appropriate incentives and supplemental retirement benefits for executives and directors. Her work involves all types of plans and agreements providing change in control payments, severance, fringe benefits, nonqualified deferred compensation, equity compensation, bonuses and long-term incentive plans. She designs, and advises on the operation of, equity-based plans and agreements that award stock options, restricted stock, phantom stock, restricted stock units, long-term incentive plans, and all types of performance-based equity awards.  

In the tax-exempt arena, she assists nonprofit organizations with their special compensation and benefits needs, including 403(b) and 457 plans.  In addition to providing guidance on compliance and tax issues related to these arrangements, Anita also provides guidance on 409A correction procedures and on tax reporting and withholding.

Anita is the author of numerous articles on deferred compensation and other employee benefits and is a co-author of Taxation of Distributions From Qualified Plans, the seminal work in its field. She has also lectured extensively on tax and compliance issues related to executive compensation and employee benefits in both the United States and Canada.  

Honors

  • John N. Bennett Achievement Award, SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • Former member, Buffalo Law Review

Presentations

Publications

Professional Associations

  • Journal of Pension Benefits editorial board

Community & Pro Bono

  • Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Presidents Council
  • Past president, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center board of directors