Michael A. Hepburn

Michael A. Hepburn: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Biography

Michael Hepburn counsels clients on a broad range of compensation, employment and benefits issues. Experienced in employee benefits, executive compensation and employment law, Michael advises clients on the design, administration and termination of retirement and welfare plans. Michael has extensive experience in executive compensation related matters and provides advice regarding tax, securities and employment aspects of executive compensation arrangements, including nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and equity and equity-based compensation programs. He also handles employment, compensation and benefits issues in mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions.

Michael routinely counsels clients on labor and employment law issues, including hiring practices, employee evaluations, disciplinary actions, leave policies and practices, employment termination, discrimination charges, personnel policy review, and employment contracts. In addition, he advises business clients on consulting agreements, noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenant arrangements, as well as severance and release agreements.

Michael and his team recognize the value that employees provide to every business enterprise and strive to partner with in-house resources from HR to legal, as well as tax and business partners to ensure that we deliver practical advice focused on individualized business needs.

Michael has extensive experience representing energy industry clients on all aspects of employment and benefits issues.

Client Tools

•409A Law
•California Consumer Privacy Act

Selected Experience

Counseled a large international water services company on intercompany personal data transfers related to a significant IT outsourcing project.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation (2015, 2018)

Publications

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: 2018 in review - ERISA guidance (March 7, 2019)
In broad scope, the guidance issued in 2018 by the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), extended a trend established over the ...

Legal Alert: IRS cracks open the window for retiree lump sums (March 7, 2019)
On March 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-18 (Notice), announcing that it is retracting its previous position that prohibited pension plan sponsors from offering ...

Legal Alert: Treasury and IRS issue interim guidance on executive compensation excise tax under section 4960 (January 18, 2019)
Introduction On December 31, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-09 (Notice) providing comprehensive interim guidance ...

Legal Alert: Texas v. United States decision could impact employer-sponsored health plans (January 4, 2019)
On December 14, 2018, a Texas District Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that certain individuals maintain a minimum level of health coverage, often referred to as the ...

Legal Alert: IRS formalizes and provides relief for section 403(b) “once-in-always-in” part-time rule - immediate action required (December 17, 2018)
In Notice 2018-95, released on December 4, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) formally announced a “once-in-always-in” interpretation of the section 403(b) participation exclusion for part-time ...

Legal Alert: DOL considers important efficiencies for the retirement system (November 14, 2018)
In the last three weeks, the Department of Labor (DOL) undertook two initiatives that have the potential to improve the efficiency of the retirement system and the retirement security it provides to ...

Legal Alert: When your hardship comes in-Treasury proposes hardship withdrawal regulations (November 12, 2018)
On November 9, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations addressing statutory changes to the section 401(k) hardship distribution ...

Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury update guidance agendas for employee benefits (fall 2018) (October 24, 2018)
The principal regulators of US employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.On October 18, 2018, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published its ...

Legal Alert: IRS issues updated guidance on safe harbor notices for eligible rollover distributions (September 25, 2018)
On September 18, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-74, which updated the safe harbor guidance that employers may use to comply with the notice requirements under section ...

Legal Alert: Life insurance purchased in welfare benefit fund taxed under split-dollar rules (September 21, 2018)
In a recent memorandum opinion, the Tax Court ruled that the economic benefit provided to a business principal from life insurance purchased by the business through an Internal Revenue Code section ...

Articles

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy review and update: Looking back on 2018 and planning ahead for 2019 (March 1, 2019)
From the implementation of the GDPR to the passage of the CCPA, the year 2018 proved to be a monumental one for cybersecurity and data privacy. Regulators from around the world responded to ...

Back in the Shop with Encino Motorcars v. Navarro (January 26, 2018)
Law360
On January 17, 2018, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, following the Ninth Circuit’s decision on remand. In their article for Law360, Eversheds Sutherland attorneys ...

Auto Dealers Need Another Route for Service Advisers (June 21, 2016)
Law360
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, left overtime eligibility in limbo for 45,000 service advisers in the U.S. Anticipating a final ruling on Navarro and the upcoming ...

Newsletters

Eversheds Sutherland Global Tax Brief (December 2017)
The Eversheds Sutherland Global Tax Brief is a collection of tax developments from our attorneys across the globe. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Brief and look forward to sharing more updates ...

News

In the News

Sutherland Snags Five Lawyers from Dow Lohnes (September 20, 2013)
Blog of Legal Times
Bill Dudzinsky, Michael Hepburn, Paul Lang, Meredith O’Leary and Andrea Gehman join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s Washington office.The five, who moved to Sutherland from Dow Lohnes, ...

Career Tracker (September 20, 2013)
Thomson Reuters News & Insight
Bill Dudzinsky, Michael Hepburn, Paul Lang, Meredith O’Leary and Andrea Gehman join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s Washington office.The five, who moved to Sutherland from Dow Lohnes, ...

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200 (September 20, 2013)
The Am Law Daily
Bill Dudzinsky, Michael Hepburn, Paul Lang, Meredith O’Leary and Andrea Gehman join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s Washington office.The five, who moved to Sutherland from Dow Lohnes, ...

Five Technology, Media and Telecom Lawyers Join Sutherland (September 19, 2013)
Bloomberg News
Bill Dudzinsky, Michael Hepburn, Paul Lang, Meredith O’Leary and Andrea Gehman join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s Washington office.The five, who moved to Sutherland from Dow Lohnes, ...

Law Firm News (September 19, 2013)
ABA Journal
Bill Dudzinsky, Michael Hepburn, Paul Lang, Meredith O’Leary and Andrea Gehman join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s Washington office.The five, who moved to Sutherland from Dow Lohnes, ...

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Represents Shell in Acquisition of Greenlots (February 7, 2019)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it represented Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell) in its agreement to acquire Greenlots, a US-based leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy ...

18 Eversheds Sutherland Practice Areas, 68 Attorneys Named Among Nation’s Best in 2018 Legal 500 United States (May 30, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 18 practice areas and 68 attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a comprehensive survey of legal ...

Eversheds Sutherland Represents Shell in Acquiring Minority Interest of US Solar Developer (January 18, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce it has represented Shell in the acquisition of a minority interest in Silicon Ranch Corporation, a leading US owner, developer and operator of ...

Sutherland Represents Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment in Acquisition of Downhole Technology (April 1, 2016)
HOUSTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm represented global oilfield equipment supplier Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG (SBO) in its acquisition of ...

Sutherland Represents Energy Power Partners on Acquisition of Talen Energy Renewable Unit (November 5, 2015)
HOUSTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm counseled California-based Energy Power Partners in closing a purchase of the renewable energy unit of Talen Energy Corp., ...

Sutherland Represents Energy Power Partners in Purchase of Talen Energy Renewable Unit (July 1, 2015)
HOUSTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm is representing California-based Energy Power Partners in the purchase of the renewable energy unit of Talen Energy Corp., ...

14 Sutherland Practice Areas, 62 Attorneys Named Among Nation’s Best in 2015 Legal 500 United States (June 4, 2015)
ATLANTA and WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that 14 practice areas and 62 attorneys have been ranked in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a ...

Sutherland Represents Liquefied Natural Gas Limited in Acquisition of Bear Head LNG Corporation (August 27, 2014)
HOUSTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today that the firm represented Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL), an Australian publicly listed company (ASX: LNG; OTC ADR: LNGLY) based in ...

Five Experienced Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Lawyers Join Sutherland (September 17, 2013)
WASHINGTON DC, September 17, 2013 - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today the addition of five attorneys to the Washington office. Joining as partners are William (Bill) S. Dudzinsky, Jr., ...

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Automotive
  • Business Development Companies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0104  Phone
www.eversheds-sutherland.com
University Attended:
Western Maryland College, B.A.
Law School Attended:
George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1988
Admission:
1988, Maryland; 1990, District of Columbia
ISLN:
900820753

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