Eric Winwood’s practice primarily centers on addressing and solving employee benefits and executive compensation issues, including issues involving Section 409A deferred compensation rules, Section 162(m) one-million-dollar deduction limitations, Section 280G golden parachute rules and filings, audits and public disclosures with the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Winwood works with clients on all compensation and benefits matters, including the design, drafting and amendment of deferred compensation plans, qualified retirement plans, equity-based compensation plans and employment, change in control and severance agreements. These representations also include regularly advising on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects associated with domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, migrations, spin offs and joint ventures, as well as, the integration of plans and other benefit arrangements following the completion of the business transaction. In addition, Mr. Winwood frequently provides advice on the fiduciary, prohibited transaction and “plan assets” aspects related to establishing, operating and investing in private equity funds and other investment funds.
Mr. Winwood has also regularly advised on a variety of employee benefits and fringe benefits issues in collective bargaining agreements, including issues involving the application of the Section 409A deferred compensation rules and other tax rules to sick leave, vacation leave and other paid time off arrangements.
Following graduation from law school, Mr. Winwood served as a law clerk to the Honorable George L. Proctor of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.