Thomas Asmar has almost two decades of experience advising public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, on all employee benefits and compensation issues arising out of mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, financings and other corporate transactions. 


Mr. Asmar also counsels companies in a variety of industries on the design and implementation of compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, equity compensation plans, incentive compensation, deferred compensation, severance agreements and change-in-control arrangements.

Mr. Asmar advises clients on tax, securities and corporate governance law issues as they relate to executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements. He also counsels clients on golden parachute payments, the limits on the deductibility of executive compensation, the tax rules regarding nonqualified deferred compensation, executive compensation disclosure and reporting for proxy statements and other securities filings, and pension and welfare plan matters.

He writes and speaks frequently on legal developments of importance to his clients, including topics impacting corporate officers and directors.



  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2001 (magna cum laude)
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996 (honors)


  • California

Thomas M. Asmar

Counsel, Executive Compensation and Benefits