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David W. Ellis
David W. Ellis
Baker & McKenzie LLP

+ 1 312 861 3072
+ 1 312 698 2146

+1 713 427 5000

David W. Ellis is internationally recognized in the area of executive compensation, employee benefits and pension funds. He is exceptionally fluent in international executive mobility, particularly in the design and taxation of compensation payable to expatriates, inpatriates and globally mobile employees. Mr. Ellis is chair of the Firm’s North America Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group and serves on the Firm’s Global Employment Steering Committee.

Practice Focus

Mr. Ellis represents and advises management on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation locally and internationally. He advises multinational companies on tax, labor, securities and data privacy aspects of equity compensation programs and management participation programs. He also advises both buyers and sellers on US and non-US labor and pension funding issues that arise in cross-border transaction.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised an energy company on income tax and withholding issues related to the participation of inpatriate employees in non-US pension plans
  • Advised a multinational company on the issues involved in establishing a global employment company.
  • Advised an international pipeline company on the employment law structure and 401(k) plan participation issues for expatriates working offshore.
  • Advised a multinational employer on the tax and labor issues involved in the establishment of an offshore pension trust for expatriate employees.
  • Advised a computer company on the employment, labor and employee benefits issues related to the acquisition of an IT consulting business in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised a software company on the severance, employee transfer and pension funding issues related to the sale of a USD1 billion global business.
  • Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company on tax, securities law and data privacy issues involved in implementing a global equity plan in over 50 jurisdictions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Tax Section
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel - Fellow
  • International Pensions and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association - Past Chair


Texas~United States (2013)
Illinois~United States (1981)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1981)


Boston College Law School (1981)
Amherst College (1977)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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