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Steven Schaffer’s practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner principally involves transactions involving employee stock ownership plans, including representation of companies, lenders, trustees, sellers and valuation firms in connection with those transactions.  His practice also involves the design of employee stock ownership, pension, profit sharing and employee benefit plans, as well as the legal aspects of plan administration. He has extensive experience in plan audits and Department of Labor investigations, including problem resolution through various governmental voluntary compliance programs.  Schaffer also is heavily involved in negotiating employment arrangements and equity incentives for executives, both on behalf of employers and executives. He has represented both companies and executive groups with respect to employee benefit and executive compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Other areas of concentration include tax planning and corporate transactions. Schaffer is a frequent speaker on ESOPs, employee benefits and executive compensation topics.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America© Employee Benefits (2007-2016, 2020)
    • Best Lawyers’ 2012 Atlanta Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2007-Present)
    • Who's Who Legal: Georgia (2007)
    • PLC Cross-Border Labour & Employee Benefits Handbook
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2007-Present)
    • Who's Who Legal: Georgia (2007)
    • PLC Cross-Border Labour & Employee Benefits Handbook
    • PLC Cross-Border Labour & Employee Benefits Handbook
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association – General Business Section
    • American Bar Association – Tax Section
    • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • State Bar of Georgia
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Publications

  • Co-Author, "Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Another Tool for Family-Owned Banks," BankDirector.com, June 19, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • "How has the Economic Downturn Altered Liquidity Options for Business Owners," EASA 2020 Webinar, June 16, 2020
  • “The Role of the ESOP Trustee in 2015,″ New South Chapter of the ESOP Association Fall Conference: Rolling out the Red Carpet for ESOPs, Atlanta, GA, October 22, 2015
  • “Is an ESOP Right for You?” Sponsored by Benefits Trust, Bryan Cave LLP, JP Morgan Securities, and Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc., Seminar and Panel Discussion, Atlanta, GA, February 10, 2015
  • “ESOPs Presentation,” Sponsored by the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Counsel, Tampa, FL, March 20, 2014
  • “ESOPs: A Benefit You Can Bank On,” Sponsored by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia, Bryan Cave LLP, and Porter Keadle Moore, LLC, Atlanta, GA, May 21, 2013
  • “Update on Defined Benefit Plans,” Georgia Society of CPAs Estate and Financial Planning Section’s Financial Planning Workshop, GSCPA Training Center, Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2013
  • “Come on Down! Appointing an Institutional Trustee: What are the Best Practices?” New South ESOP Conference, Orlando, FL, October 18, 2012
  • “Mature ESOP Issues,” The Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and New South Chapters of The ESOP Association Tri-Chapter Regional Conference, March 26, 2012