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John D. Martini


John is the Vice Chair of the firm's Global Business & Finance Department and Chair of the firm's Global Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice. He frequently represents public companies, private equity firms, and management teams in connection with all phases of the employment relationship. In this regard, John assists employers and employees alike in assessing the market value and market terms of management compensation arrangements, while ensuring that those arrangements are delivered under a beneficial tax structure.

Additionally, John represents several large public companies in the life sciences and financial services industries in disputes relating to their employee benefit plans and arrangements. John's services in this context encompass complex ERISA litigation (including benefit claims, stock drop and fee litigation), fiduciary litigation, and state law governed contractual disputes. A significant portion of John's practice has also included employee benefit plan audit, design, and review work. He also regularly assists large public companies with various corporate governance issues implicating their compensation arrangements, and frequently represents such companies' interests before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and institutional shareholders.

John has represented clients in a broad number of industries, including financial services, life sciences, food service, and various technology industries, from a wide range of geographical locations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the UK, France, and China.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
    • Global Vice Chair, Business and Finance
    • Global Chair, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2012-2014 as one of America's leading benefits and compensation lawyers