Max J. SchwartzSenior Counsel
Max Schwartz has broad-based experience in the securities, tax, and labor (ERISA and other) laws impacting executive compensation and employee benefits, and advises Firm clients on both a regular ongoing basis and in the context of corporate transactions and initial public offerings.
Mr. Schwartz has written and lectured extensively on executive compensation and benefit matters. He is a charter member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. He is currently co-chairman of the annual ALI-ABA two-day Executive Compensation conference and is former co-chairman of the annual PLI Executive Compensation Program. He is a member of the tax section of the American Bar Association (former chair of the Executive Compensation Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits Committee); a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee of the Corporate Banking and Business Law Section of the ABA; a member of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association (former member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Taxation and former co-chair of its Committee on Employee Benefits). He is also on the Employee Benefits Advisory Committee for the Practising Law Institute.
Mr. Schwartz is widely recognized as a leader of this field in recent consecutive editions of established guides to the legal profession, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (yearly from 2004 to 2016); New York Super Lawyers – named as one of the top 100 lawyers in New York in all fields and as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits/ERISA (yearly since 2006); The Legal 500 United States (yearly since 2007); PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (yearly since 2002); PLC Cross-border Labour & Employee Benefits Handbook (yearly since 2005); and The Best Lawyers in America (yearly since 1995). He has been named by Human Resource Executive magazine (in conjunction with Lawdragon) as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 10 for ERISA Law (2010).