Michael J. Wiesner


Michael J. Wiesner advises public and private companies, executive management teams and individual executives on a broad range of compensation and benefits topics in the context of mergers and acquisitions, as well as ongoing business operations.

Mr. Wiesner’s practice covers executive agreements, cash and equity-based incentive programs, change-in-control and severance plans, 409A and other deferred compensation issues, 280G “golden parachute” compliance and ERISA matters. Mr. Wiesner regularly advises executive management teams on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and independent proxy advisory firm standards regarding executive compensation disclosure.

His representations include handling executive compensation matters in the following transactions:

  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Limited;
  • Hospira, Inc. in its $17 billion acquisition by Pfizer Inc.;
  • CF Industries Holdings, Inc. in its $8 billion acquisition of the European, North American and global distribution businesses of OCI N.V.;
  • PMC-Sierra Inc. in its $2.5 billion acquisition by Microsemi Corporation;
  • Digital River, Inc. in its $840 million acquisition by a private equity consortium led by Siris Capital Group; and
  • Lattice Semiconductor Corporation in its $600 million acquisition of Silicon Image, Inc.

Mr. Wiesner also provides executive compensation and benefits advice to public and private companies across various sectors, including having advised BlackBerry Ltd.; Blue Shield of California; Broadcom Corporation; CF Industries Holdings, Inc.; Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.; SanDisk Corporation; Stryker Corporation; TiVo Inc.; Xilinx, Inc.; and Zynga Inc.

From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Wiesner was a statistician with a Stanford University School of Medicine research group.



  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2012
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011 (magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Santa Clara Journal of International Law)
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, 2005 (magna cum laude)


  • California
  • New York


  • Extern, Hon. Joyce L. Kennard, The Supreme Court of the State of California (2011)
  • Extern, Hon. Howard R. Lloyd, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2010)

Michael J. Wiesner

Associate, Executive Compensation and Benefits