Travis DeHaven advises clients on all aspects of compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation design and implementation and issues arising under Code Section 409A; employment, severance, and retention agreements; design and legal compliance concerning tax qualified plans and welfare benefits; and issues of fiduciary responsibility under ERISA. He particularly focuses on these issues in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and acts as co-counsel on litigation matters, advising on the ERISA issues that arise in this context.
Travis serves as counsel to Axiall Corporation, Flowers Foods, Gray Television, Lord Corporation, and Southern Company and their subsidiaries concerning all employee benefits issues. Other current representations include advising Eastman Chemical Company with respect to several significant transactions. Other notable large M&A transactions in which he has played a key role include the spin-off of Mirant Corporation to shareholders of Southern Company. With respect to litigation matters, Travis advised the Administration Committee for the Southern Company Savings Plan on the class action settlement of Spivey v. Southern Company, a stock drop case involving Mirant Corporation stock held by the Plan as a dividend after the spin-off of Mirant from Southern Company.
Travis is a frequent speaker on compensation and benefits-related topics and the author of published articles. He has served on several not-for-profit boards for educational institutions in chairman and director positions.
•Southern Company, Kinder Morgan enter Southern Natural Gas pipeline strategic venture
Axiall to be acquired by Westlake Chemical for $33 per share in all-cash transaction with $3.8 billion enterprise value
Southern Company acquires PowerSecure International, Inc. for $425 million
Honors & Distinctions
•The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2016)
The Legal 500 United States (2013 and 2014)