DISTINGUISHED EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TEAM JOINS MCDERMOTT

Steven Eckhaus and Evan Belosa Bring Established Executive Compensation Presence to the Firm’s New York Office

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today that Steven Eckhaus and Evan Belosa have joined the firm as partners in the New York office.  Both will be members of the Firm’s Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labor & Employment Practice Group.  Mr. Eckhaus will lead the Practice Group in New York.

Mr. Eckhaus is a preeminent figure in US executive compensation and employment law.  He is best known for representing executives in large compensation deals, advising decision makers on  employment matters, and litigating contract disputes. Mr. Eckhaus formed and led the executive compensation practice at his previous firm.

Mr. Eckhaus has been ranked by Chambers (USA) for his New York Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice and has been consistently recognized as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500.  This year marks the sixth consecutive year that Mr. Eckhaus has been recognized by Human Resource Executive as one of the nation’s “20 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in Employee Benefits and ERISA.

Mr. Belosa is an experienced litigator, negotiator and counselor, focusing his practice on all aspects of executive employment and compensation matters.  Mr. Belosa represents institutions in all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, with a specific emphasis on employment agreements, separation agreements, equity and deferred compensation plans and restrictive covenant issues.

“We are delighted to welcome this talented team to McDermott,” said David E. Rogers, head of the firm’s Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labor & Employment Practice Group. ““With today’s heightened scrutiny of compensation pay practices, and the Dodd-Frank Act requiring the Treasury, Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and other agencies to implement regulations and guidelines for incentive based compensation practices at covered financial institutions, many of which are centered in New York, having a top-flight employee benefits and executive compensation team in New York City is an indispensable asset. The addition of these extraordinary lawyers and their market leading practice adds an important dimension to our outstanding executive compensation and employee benefits group.”

“Steve and Evan have an impressive record advising senior executives and boards on complicated, high stakes compensation matters,” said Andrew C. Liazos, co-head of the Firm’s Executive Compensation Group.  “Their extensive expertise with financial institutions is the perfect complement to our executive compensation practice.”

“Their arrival deepens our New York bench and expands our client service offerings for multinational companies, capital providers, and financial institutions,” said John T. Lutz, co-head of the firm’s New York office. “The team will be a great asset and they will add to the energy and momentum behind McDermott’s growth in New York.”

Mr. Eckhaus received his JD from Cornell University Law School, and his BS from Cornell University.

Mr. Belosa received his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Emory University.

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