ERIC WINWOOD is an employee benefits and executive compensation partner in Sidley’s Dallas office. Eric counsels employers, corporate boards and committees, and executives on their employee benefits and executive compensation programs and issues. These issues often involve Section 409A deferred compensation, Section 280G golden parachutes, Section 83 equity compensation, ISS and Glass Lewis standards, as well as, filings and audits with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service. He regularly advises clients in the energy sector.
Eric has extensive experience with the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, migrations, and spinoffs, including the integration of benefit plans and compensation arrangements following the completion of the business transaction. In addition, Eric has helped design, draft, and negotiate numerous forms of deferred compensation, retirement, and equity-based compensation programs, as well as, employment, change in control, and severance agreements. These negotiations include executive onboarding and exit events. He also provides advice on the fiduciary, prohibited transaction and “plan assets” aspects related to establishing and operating private equity funds, joint ventures, and similar investments.
Eric is ranked in Chambers USA (Band 2 - Texas) for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation from 2019–2021. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits (ERISA) law from 2015–2022. In addition, Eric has been named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” from 2011–2013, 2016, 2018–2021. He was recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters in 2007–2008, 2011–2013 and Legal 500 US in ERISA in 2013.