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R. Brian Spring

Senior Associate / Atlanta

Brian Spring advises employers in employee benefit and tax related matters involving the design, implementation, and operation of qualified plans, health and welfare plans, and fringe benefits.

Brian also has experience counseling clients in all aspects of executive compensation matters, including the negotiation and drafting of equity compensation plans and awards, employment/severance agreements, and other compensation arrangements.

Brian regularly advises clients on health and welfare matters related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, and COBRA and executive compensation matters involving compliance with Code Sections 83,162(m), 280G, 409A, and 422.

Before joining FordHarrison, Brian was a tax attorney at a large multinational accounting services firm.  In this role, he regularly advised clients on executive compensation matters, including equity and bonus compensation arrangements, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and employment, change in control, and severance agreements. Brian also advised on employee benefit and executive compensation issues associated with corporate mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and international transactions.

Representative Experience
  • Advised clients on design and taxation of domestic and international equity compensation programs involving incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, restricted stock/units, phantom stock, and other equity-based vehicles.
  • Drafted equity compensation plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans for publicly and privately held organizations.
  • Drafted employment, severance, and change in control agreements.
  • Reviewed nonqualified deferred compensation plans as well as other compensatory plans (long-term incentive plans, short-term incentive plans, and equity compensation plans) for compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Performed employee benefit and executive compensation due diligence on a variety of transactions involving multinational, publicly traded, and privately held organizations.
  • Drafted health and welfare wrap documents, summary plan descriptions, and amendments.