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practice accolades

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Winner, Chambers USA “Awards for Excellence” for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2014)

Listed, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Nationally) in Chambers USA (2014)

Listed, Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in The Legal 500 United States (2014)

ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation

Listed in the highest tier for National ERISA Litigation Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in Tier 1 for ERISA Litigation by The Legal 500 United States (2014)

honors + affiliations

Member, the ESOP Association

Member, National Center for Employee Ownership

Member, American Bar Association (Taxation Division)

Member, Illinois State Bar Association (Employee Benefits Division)

Member, Chicago Bar Association (Employee Benefits Committee)

Member, Illinois Chapter of the ESOP Association Board Member

Member, Advisory Board, Leading Lawyers Network

Listed, Illinois Super Lawyers (2010–2011)

bar admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
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Brian D. Hector

77 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States
Phone: +1.312.324.1160
Fax: +1.312.324.1001

Brian D. Hector is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and chair of the ESOP Task Force.

Mr. Hector focuses his practice on ERISA and employee benefits law including the areas of ESOPs, qualified plans, all types of executive compensation, fiduciary liability, and related securities law issues. Mr. Hector is a nationally recognized ESOP attorney, who has advised several public and private ESOP companies with regard to corporate governance, succession planning strategies, ownership transition, and liquidity transactions.

Mr. Hector has served as counsel to companies and shareholders regarding the use of ESOPs in numerous transactions, including equity repurchases, ownership succession transactions, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations. He has also represented lenders and trustees in ESOP transactions.

Mr. Hector has an impressive history working with all types of benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. He has also represented several clients before the IRS and the Department of Labor in connection with ESOP and employee benefits matters.

Mr. Hector has lectured extensively regarding employee benefits and ESOPs. He speaks regularly at the annual national conferences of The ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, at their local and regional conferences, and at numerous other seminars.

Mr. Hector is also an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School teaching in the area of executive compensation.

Mr. Hector received his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent in 1989 and his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1983.

Mr. Hector is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Tax Court.


  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1989, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, 1983, B.A.