Marcia Kelson focuses on complex benefit and compensation matters, including those arising in connection with corporate acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, pension de-risking, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). With 20 years of experience, she has counseled hundreds of plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and administrators on legal issues pertinent to employee benefit plans and the entities that maintain them. This includes advising public, private, and nonprofit clients with respect to the structuring, drafting, and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, equity-based compensation, and other similar plans and programs. In addition, Marcia regularly drafts and negotiates employment, severance, retention, and change of control agreements.
Marcia has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including insurance, food packaging, food/snacks, medical technology, communications infrastructure, energy, data center services, publishing, agricultural, granite, and retail pharmacy. She also advises private equity funds in acquiring companies and implementing equity incentive arrangements across their platform companies.
Furthermore, Marcia counsels clients on minimization of fiduciary liability, including counseling boards and compensation committees on implementation of proper plan governance practices. She has significant experience representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries in connection with Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filings, reviews, and investigations.
Marcia is a member of the Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXI. She is also a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).
- February 5, 2021
Entity Structure and Employee Arrangements
- October 18, 2019
2019 Executive Compensation and Benefits Symposium (Critical Updates; Maximizing Outcomes in Corporate Transactions)
- August 13, 2019
Employee Stock Ownership Plan Transaction Planning
- February 20, 2018
Jones Day's 2018 Speaker Series: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
- October 6, 2017
2017 Executive Compensation and Benefits Symposium (M&A)
- June 22, 2017
Execution of a Successful Pension Risk Transfer Transaction, Jones Day New York
- September 25, 2015
2015 Critical Updates in Executive Compensation and Benefits, ERISA Updates (Fiduciary Issues, Pension Risk)
- Boston University (J.D. cum laude 2002); Vanderbilt University (B.A. in Fine Arts magna cum laude 1998)