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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

Former Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association, Employee Benefits and Pension Committees

Member, American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2014)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (1995–2015)

Named Philadelphia Employee Benefits "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America (2012)

2005 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms

AV Rated

Listed, Philadelphia Magazine, "Best Lawyers in Philadelphia"

Listed, Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in the East; International Who's Who

Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

bar admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
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Robert J. Lichtenstein

1701 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2921
United States
Phone: +1.215.963.5726
Fax: +1.215.963.5001

Robert J. Lichtenstein is a partner in, and the former leader of, Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice. He also served as a member of the firm's Advisory Board for nine years. Mr. Lichtenstein's clients include businesses and executives in a broad range of industries, both publicly and privately held.

Mr. Lichtenstein provides counseling on all facets of executive compensation and employee benefits, including equity and incentive compensation, employment, retention and severance arrangements, ERISA compliance, qualified retirement, pension and profit-sharing plans, and litigation of employee benefits claims and disputes. He also has experience with matters involving ESOPs, federal tax law, and representations before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, as well as in general human resources and business counseling.

Mr. Lichtenstein provides benefits and executive compensation advice relating to transactional matters, such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, or spinoffs as well as in private equity transactions, principally representing management. For example, he recently assisted SunGard Data Systems Inc. in the spinoff of its Availability Services business and the management of Gas Station TV in its sale to private equity interests.

Mr. Lichtenstein assists companies and board compensation committees in the design and amendment of plans and programs and employment retention and severance arrangements for senior executive management as well as best practices in the design and administration of cash incentive, severance, and equity programs. He also advises boards of directors, compensation committees, and administrators on fiduciary best practices, compliance procedures, succession planning, and general governance issues. Mr. Lichtenstein represents clients in attracting and retaining executives and assists them with the similarly complex and highly strategic issues that come into play with those representations. He also represents executives and management groups with regard to their employment and equity arrangements, with a particular emphasis on private equity situations.

Mr. Lichtenstein has represented senior management teams for companies in transactions involving leveraged buyouts and other types of acquisitions by private equity funds ranging from $100 million to more than $25 billion. He and his Morgan Lewis colleagues have represented management teams in more than 50 transactions, addressing a wide variety of complex executive compensation, corporate, and business issues.

Mr. Lichtenstein is a member of the board of Women Against Abuse, a former director of a now-sold NYSE company, the chair of its governance committee, a former board member of a private manufacturing company, and the trustee (and controlling shareholder) of an investment management business. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and at the Villanova University Law School. He is also active with the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal.

Mr. Lichtenstein is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Tax Court.


  • New York University School of Law, 1974, LL.M.
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1973, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1969, B.S.