Steven B. Lapidus

Steven B. Lapidus: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Co-Chair, Global Benefits & Compensation Practice; Chair, Miami Tax Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2131 Attorneys)
  • 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami, FL 33131
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Biography

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.

Concentrations

•Executive compensation
•Employee benefits
•ERISA
•Estate planning

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2018
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2005 and 2010-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2011-2014 and 2016
•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, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2012
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Areas of Practice (5)

  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Tax
  • Private Wealth Services
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Real Estate Funds

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0509  Phone
305.579.0717  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/Steven-B-Lapidus
University Attended:
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics, 1969
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1977; New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif
Year of First admission:
1973
Admission:
1973, New York; 1977, Florida
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association

Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., June 1, 1947
Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: 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.
ISLN:
905628804
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