Ken in His Own Words
Ken Kneubuhler is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, the Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) Group and the Labor & Employment Group. He has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in a broad range of employee benefit, executive compensation, and ESOP matters.
Ken has represented a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including Fortune 500 companies, major insurance and financial service companies, airline and railway companies, real estate investment advisors, charitable organizations, state and local governments, and public pension plans. His practice encompasses the application of ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, tax laws, and securities laws to employee benefit plans and executive compensation matters. More specifically, Ken guides clients in structuring executive compensation and designing stock options and other equity-based compensation plans, as well as incentive compensation plans, employment and severance agreements, and change-in-control compensation arrangements (golden parachutes). He counsels financial service companies on employee plan asset investments, including the structuring of investment vehicles, ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction issues.
His experience with ESOPs is substantial, and Ken regularly consults with clients on the design and operation of tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and health, life, disability and other welfare benefit plans. Ken is also frequently called upon to advise clients on the employee benefit and compensation aspects of merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions. He has written and spoken for The ESOP Association, the ABA’s Section of Taxation Employee Benefits Committee, the Chicago Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee, the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America, and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Ken’s representative matters include: