Janel Brynda

Janel M. Brynda

Associate
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Janel Brynda advises U.S. and multi-national employers on all matters related to executive compensation and employee benefits. Ms. Brynda's practice focuses on traditional employee benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans. She also advises on the tax, securities and ERISA aspects of executive and equity compensation, including non-qualified deferred compensation plans, stock compensation plans, employee stock purchase plans, change in control plans, perquisite programs, and executive employment and severance agreements. Ms. Brynda also has experience assisting clients with compensation and employee benefit issues raised in mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, reorganizations and other corporate transactions, including golden parachute payments, COBRA and due diligence review.

Practice Focus

Ms. Brynda focuses her practice on employee benefits, international stock plans and ERISA. She also handles executive compensation and benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and health and welfare plans.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisted several companies in the design and drafting of tax-qualified retirement plans, including addressing operational and fiduciary issues such as qualification, deduction and tax issues.
  • Advises buyers and sellers on compensation and employee benefits issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and other corporate acquisition transactions.
  • Advises US and foreign public and private clients on all aspects of compensation and benefit-related matters, including the design and implementation of executive compensation and employee benefit programs.
  • Assist companies in the design and drafting of tax-qualified retirement plans, including addressing operational and fiduciary issues such as qualification, deduction and tax issues.
  • Advises US and foreign public and private clients on all aspects of compensation and benefit-related matters, including the design and implementation of executive compensation and employee benefit programs.
  • Assist several companies with respect to de-risking strategies for frozen defined benefit plans with multiple formulas.
  • Advise companies with respect to various health and welfare issues including, COBRA, HIPAA and ACA.
  • Advise and assist on numerous IRS and DOL plan audits (both retirement and health and welfare).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

Admissions

  • California~United States (2000)

Education

  • University of San Francisco (J.D. cum laude) (2000)
  • University of California at Davis (B.A.) (1993)

Languages

  • English