Employment Law and ERISA; Corporate Law and Governance; Franchising; Employee and Executive Representation
Richard S. Meisner, admitted to bar, 1994, New Jersey and New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S. Applied Economics and Business Management, 1986); New York University (M.B.A. Finance, 1992); Rutgers University (J.D. 1993).
Employment Law and ERISA. Rich Meisner represents employees, executives and benefit plan participants, and can assist with employment and separation agreements, claims against employers, benefit plan and ERISA matters, and matters of workplace fairness.
*For Employees. Claims relating to termination of employment, workplace fairness, discrimination, wrongful termination, and whistleblower claims.
*For Executives. Negotiating employment and separation agreements, complex equity and incentive arrangements, deferred compensation, claims relating to termination of employment, and executive tax issues such as IRS Sections 409A and "golden parachute" excise taxes.
*For Plan Participants. Claims relating to employee benefits, medical, 401(k) and pension plans, ERISA and COBRA rights, and class action claims.
Corporate Law and Governance; Tax; Franchising. Rich Meisner was formerly Senior Vice President, Law of Cendant Corporation, and then Realogy Corporation, handling a variety of corporate and transactional matters, and corporate compliance and governance functions. Rich was Assistant Secretary of both companies, Secretary of their key subsidiaries, and Assistant Secretary to their Compensation Committees. Rich is an expert in executive compensation matters and advises clients on Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 280G, and 162(m), including 409A valuation issues and 409A audits by the IRS. Rich can assist companies with implementing new benefit plans or amending or modifying existing ones. Through his service to Cendant, Rich can handle a wide variety of matters relating to franchising for both franchisors and franchisees.