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Debra E. Kleman


For more than 20 years, Debbie Kleman has been advising clients on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity based arrangements (including stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchase plans) and other benefit plans. In addition, Ms. Kleman assists clients with a broad range of employee benefits issues including the design and implementation of employee benefit plans, reporting and disclosure requirements and employee communications. Ms. Kleman also provides advice regarding COBRA benefit continuation rights and obligations, employee benefits issues in the context of mergers and acquisition, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, § 280G golden parachute issues, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), welfare plans (including medical, cafeteria and flexible benefits plans), and § 162 (m) bonus plans. Ms. Kleman is also a member of the Public Company Growth & Compliance group.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016
  • 0 Practice Areas included in Chambers 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Matters

  • Prepared an omnibus equity compensation plan for employees and formula restricted stock plan for non-employee directors for a publicly-traded FORTUNE 300 company, including proxy disclosures, prospectuses, and form agreements
  • Assisted a large manufacturing company through the process of spin-offs from its parent company’s 401(k) and pension plans
  • Guided a dissolving company through the termination of its defined benefit pension plan, including PBGC and IRS filings
  • Advised a publicly-traded FORTUNE 300 company on its Section 162(m) bonus plan and "plan within a plan" structures
  • Drafted a complex non-qualified deferred compensation plan for a publicly-traded company for its key employees and directors, assisted with the associated rabbi trust and related securities filings
  • Drafted a long-term bonus plan for senior management team of a national retailer
  • Assisted various publicly-traded and privately held companies regarding Section 409A compliance
  • Assisted large manufacturing company with multifaceted voluntary correction program submission for its 401(k) plan and obtained IRS compliance statement

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013-2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference, Member
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, Member