Executive Compensation

409A. Top Hat. Stock Option. 457. SERP. and More.

Executives and employers have many options with which to design a compensation package, options that are increasingly regulated. Burr & Forman's executive compensation attorneys guide executives and employers through this maze, to implement an appropriate compensation package that meets the needs of the executive and employer, in compliance with applicable law and regulations.

Our clients are:

  • Executives
  • Employers
  • Private and public companies
  • For profit and tax-exempt
  • Governmental entities


Our services include:

  • Compliance review of existing compensation arrangements
  • Correcting non-409A compliant non-qualified deferred compensation
  • Drafting non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements
  • ERISA "top hat" compliance


The philosophy of our Executive Compensation practice is simple:

  • We know our clients' needs
  • We know the law
  • We know how to apply the law to our clients' needs
  • We know how to temper the law's application based upon particular circumstances
  • We know how to provide prompt, high quality, services at a reasonable and fair price

Our Attorneys

John Coleman, III
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5167
(205) 244-5623
John
Tully Hazell
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4317
(404) 817-3244
Tully
Michael Lucas
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5204
(205) 244-5673
Michael
Debra Mackey
Counsel ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5484
(205) 244-5751
Debra
James McCarten
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3236
(615) 724-3336
James
Jack Stephenson, Jr.
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5201
(205) 244-5708
Jack
George Taylor, III
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5254
(205) 244-5711
George

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Acquisition

    Handled cash sponsored demutualization of Medmarc Mutual in which Medmarc was converted from a mutual insurer with its member policy holders receiving cash funded by ProAssurance through purchase of all of Medmarc's newly issued shares. Prepared and negotiated acquisition agreement, regulatory approval of Vermont Insurance Dept, tax advice, HSR anti-trust filing.
  • Executive Compensation Arrangements

    Assisted international company in developing Executive Compensation Arrangement for U.S. Executives.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    Handle the M&A work and SEC reporting for the fourth largest medical malpractice insurer in the U.S.
  • Acquisition

    Represented ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) in the acquisition of American Physicians Service Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPH), a public insurance holding company, in a cash merger having a value of $233 million. Transaction involved change of control of American Physicians Insurance Company, a Texas insurer, which required approval of Form A filed with the Texas Department of Insurance. Representation included preparation and negotiation of the acquisition agreement, regulatory approval of Texas Insurance Department, tax advice, and HSR anti-trust filing.
  • Employee Benefit Plans

    Retained by multiple local, national and international companies (both private and public) to assist in day to day operations, questions, and required filings for all Employee Benefit Plans.