Jeanie Cogill practices in the executive compensation, pension plan investments, and employee benefits areas of law. She advises public and private companies on all aspects of executive compensation arrangements, including equity incentive programs, golden parachute arrangements, performance incentive arrangements, severance programs, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.
Jeanie also regularly advises public and private companies and private equity clients in connection with executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising in the context of mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings, and similar corporate transactions. She advises banks, broker-dealers, and other financial services clients on the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA, including considerations associated with the structuring, developing, and offering of financial products and services to ERISA plans. In addition, she represents investment managers, hedge funds and private equity funds, and their principals in connection with fund structuring for ERISA and operational compliance with ERISA, providing counsel on fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transaction, VCOC, REOC, and other plan assets issues.
Jeanie helps employers, management, and plan fiduciary committees, design and administer tax-qualified pension plans, health and other welfare plans, and counsels them on their fiduciary compliance responsibilities and the handling of claims and litigation.
Jeanie is a chapter author of the Section 409A Handbook (BNA Books 2010).
University of Sydney, 1987, Bachelor of Arts
University of Sydney Law School, 1987, Bachelor of Laws, Honors
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Chambers USA (2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA Law), US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Ranked, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, New York, Chambers USA (2016, 2019)
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, New York, The Best Lawyers in America (2013–2019)
Top Woman Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2017)
Recognized, Acritas Star Lawyer (2017)
Recommended, The Legal 500 US (2016)
Recognized, New York Metro, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers (2011–2016)