A. Richard Susko is senior counsel based in the New York office.
Mr. Susko's practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation, including fiduciary and tax aspects of pension fund investment, employment agreements and golden parachutes, stock options and other executive incentive compensation plans. He also has extensive experience in the benefit aspects of mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs, plan terminations and interplay of the bankruptcy laws and benefit-related obligations.
Mr. Susko frequently lectures on employee benefits topics and co-chaired the annual PLI program on legal issues involved with the investment of pension plans subject to ERISA for more than 20 years. He is also a co-editor of a book on the global regulation of executive compensation entitled The Executive Remuneration Review
, published by Law Business Research.
Mr. Susko was distinguished as a “star performer” and ranked in the top tier for leading individuals in executive compensation and employee benefits by Chambers USA. Best Lawyers
chose to include Mr. Susko in its 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America
, making him one of a small distinguished group to receive this honor for over 25 consecutive years, and also selected him as Best Lawyers
’ 2010 New York Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year. He was also named for five years as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New York and recognized as a leading individual in executive compensation by The Legal 500
Mr. Susko joined the firm in 1974, became a partner in 1982 and became senior counsel in 2013. He received J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University in 1974, an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University in 1980, and an undergraduate degree from Union College in 1969.
Mr. Susko is a member of the Bar in New York and is also a charter member of American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. Susko was an Adjunct Professor of Executive Compensation at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.