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Stephen P. Coolbaugh (Steve)


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  • State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D. summa cum laude 2001; Executive Editor, Buffalo Law Review); Georgetown University (B.S.F.S. magna cum laude 1997, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio and New York


  • Intern to Judge Michael A. Telesca, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York (1999-2000)

Government Service

  • Intern to former U.S. House of Representatives Member Bill Paxon (R-NY 27th) (1995-1997)

Steve Coolbaugh concentrates his practice on executive and director compensation matters. He assists public and private companies with the design, development, and implementation of stock- and cash-based pay programs and policies for their directors, executives, and other employees. Steve also helps clients discuss and analyze their pay programs with their directors, employees, regulators, stock exchanges, and other stakeholders. A large part of Steve's practice also involves helping clients identify, understand, and manage business, regulatory, and legal changes that impact their executive and director compensation programs and policies.

Steve regularly works with clients on stock and cash compensation plans and arrangements, employment contracts, change-in-control or severance agreements, compensation award agreements, mergers and acquisitions arrangements, separation agreements, and a variety of other executive or director compensation arrangements. He designs, prepares, reviews, and comments on securities and other public disclosure for public company clients regarding their executive and director compensation arrangements. Steve also regularly counsels clients with respect to complicated matters at the intersection of tax, corporate, and securities laws affecting executive and director compensation, including Section 16, securities compliance, corporate governance, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure issues.

Steve's recent representations have included working with more than 80 of Jones Day's public company clients, including more than 25 Fortune 500 companies, on executive and director compensation, Section 16, or compensation disclosure matters.

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