Jeffrey R. Capwell Esq.

McGuireWoods LLP
Capwell, Jeffrey R.

Jeffrey R. Capwell is a Partner in the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP where he leads the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation group. Mr. Capwell helps clients design equity-based and cash incentive plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, supplemental retirement plans (SERPs) and executive fringe benefit programs. He represents boards of directors and executives in negotiating and drafting employment, severance, change of control and consulting agreements. He advises compensation committees and management on executive compensation philosophy and governance, and on related tax, securities and corporate law requirements, such as SEC disclosure rules. He helps colleges, universities and other tax-exempt organizations implement compensation and benefit programs for their executives.

A substantial portion of Jeff’s practice is focused on employee benefit plan design and administration. Jeff provides advice concerning 401(k) plans, ESOPs, defined benefit pension plans, 403(b) and 457 plans, as well as health plans and other welfare benefit programs. He helps employers obtain rulings and exemptions from the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other government agencies, and helps employers reach favorable outcomes in audits and examinations by such agencies.

 Mr. Capwell earned his A.B., cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Mr. Capwell is a co-author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 73-3rd, Compensation Committees.  This portfolio volume addresses the purposes, duties and legal responsibilities of compensation committees of the boards of directors of public companies. It sets out the legal obligations and standards by which these committees' actions will be judged and also suggests rules and guidelines for operation. In addition, the protection given to decisions made by such committees under the business judgment rule is given significant attention.