Steven B. Lapidus: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Steven B. Lapidus

Co-Chair, Global Benefits & Compensation Practice; Chair, Miami Tax Practice
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Global Benefits & Compensation
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • ERISA Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0509
Fax: 305.579.0717
University The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics, 1969; Recipient, Pomeroy Prize
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1977; New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif; Editor, The Law Review
Admitted1973, New York; 1977, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association

BornNew York, N.Y., June 1, 1947

Steve's practice emphasizes executive compensation, employee benefits and estate planning. Steve is also the Founder and former Co-Chair of the firm's Global Benefits & Compensation Practice and the former Chair of the firm's Miami Tax Practice.

Areas of Concentration

•Executive compensation
•Employee benefits
•Estate planning

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2016
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2005 and 2010-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2010 and 2014-2015
•Member, Winning Team, M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $5 Billion) for Platform Specialty Products Corporation (f/k/a Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited) acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated and related entities, The M&A Advisor's 6th Annual International M&A Awards, 2014
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2011-2014
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2012
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.25.15 58 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.11.15 48 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.09.15 Greenberg Traurig Represents Longtime Client OPKO Health In $1.47 Billion Merger Agreement with Bio-Reference Laboratories
01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide
10.28.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives M&A Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year Award
10.09.14 Greenberg Traurig Represents Gentiva Health Services in $1.8 Billion Acquisition by Kindred Healthcare; Nationwide Integrated Care Delivery System Created
09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015


01.30.14 Section 162(m): Actions that Should be Taken by March 31, 2014, and/or in this Year's Proxy to Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation
03.09.12 Section 162(m): Actions That Generally Should be Taken by March 31, 2012, and/or in This Year's Proxy to Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation
02.07.11 Section 162(m): Actions That Should be Taken by Publicly Held Companies Early This Year to Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation
02.16.10 Corporate-Owned Life Insurance Contracts: Notice and Consent Requirements
01.13.10 IRS Creates Limited Program for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans to Correct Document Provisions that Do Not Comply with Code Section 409A
01.11.10 Final Regulations Issued for Reporting Requirements Relating to Transfers of Stock Acquired Pursuant to Incentive Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plans
11.30.09 Revisions to Incentive Plans of Public Companies May be Required by December 31, 2009, to Avoid Section 162(m) Deduction Limitations
03.26.09 Limitations on Executive Compensation Paid by Financial Institutions Receiving TARP Assistance
03.03.09 Section 162(m): Actions that Should be Taken Early this Year to Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation
01.15.09 January 31 Deadline for Disclosure Statements Relating to 2008 ISO and ESPP Stock Transfers

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Mentioned, Greenberg Traurig Guides Opko in $1.47B Buy for Lab Co., Law360, June 4, 2015
•Co-Author, Executive Compensation, Volume Two, The Emerging Growth Company Series, published by West Law Thompson Publishing
•Co-Author, The Section 409A Administration Handbook, published by West Law Thompson Publishing


•Lecturer, New York University Tax Institute
•Lecturer, American Bar Association
•Lecturer, The Florida Bar
•Lecturer, University of Miami Tax Institute

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Developing and implementing executive compensation strategies for closely-held, emerging and publicly-held clients, including incentive and non-qualified stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock and other forms of equity compensation, negotiating and documenting executive employment agreements, designing and drafting non-qualified executive retirement and deferred compensation plans and arrangements, including 401(k) wraparound plans, and rabbi trusts and other funding arrangements for those plans, employee stock purchase plans, split dollar life insurance arrangements, and change in control severance (golden-parachute) agreements. Advising clients with respect to Section 409A compliance for arrangements that provide for a deferral of compensation, and amending plan documents and agreements to satisfy the requirements of Section 409A. Advising investment funds with respect to ERISA compliance matters, including the requirements for qualifying as a venture capital operating company or a real estate operating company, or for other exceptions under the plan asset rules. Providing advice and services with respect to qualified pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans (including techniques to satisfy non-discrimination requirements and maximize contributions for highly compensated executives), ESOP transactions, health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans and other employee benefit programs. Providing advice and services to plan fiduciaries with respect to their duties and responsibilities under ERISA, including compliance with Section 404(c) of ERISA and other methods of minimizing risk, and compliance with reporting and disclosure requirements. Advising with respect to various executive compensation and employee benefit plan issues in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence services, analyzing and helping to minimize tax costs associated with excess parachute payments, and integrating the buyers and sellers benefit programs post-closing. Representing governmental entities and other tax-exempt organizations with respect to their employee benefit programs, including qualified plans, and Section 403(b) and 457 plans, and helping solve the unique problems faced by these organizations in providing deferred compensation for their executives.

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Steven B. Lapidus

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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