Steven B. Lapidus

Steven B. Lapidus: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


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.


•Executive compensation
•Employee benefits
•Estate planning

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2017
•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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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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 55 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

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


03.10.17 Section 162(m): Actions to Take by March 31, 2017, and/or in this Year's Proxy, to Potentially Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation

03.22.16 Section 162(m): Actions that Should be Taken by March 30, 2016, and/or in this Year's Proxy to Avoid the $1,000,000 Deduction Limitation

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

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Global Benefits & Compensation
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • ERISA Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0509  Phone
305.579.0717  Fax
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, New York; 1977, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association

Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., June 1, 1947
Reported Cases:
Significant 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.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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