Marcia Kelson focuses on complex benefit and compensation matters, including those arising in connection with corporate acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, pension de-risking, and ESOPs. With 17 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. In addition, she regularly advises private equity funds in acquiring companies and implementing equity incentive arrangements across their platform companies.
Marcia also counsels clients on minimization of fiduciary liability, including counseling boards and compensation committees on implementation of proper plan governance practices. Furthermore, she has significant experience representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries in connection with DOL and IRS filings, reviews, and investigations.
Marcia is a member of the board of directors of Propel Schools Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based charter school, and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXI. She is also a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).
- February 20, 2018
Jones Day's 2018 Speaker Series: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
- 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)