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Adam B. Cantor

New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-6896
F 914-946-1216


Adam B. Cantor is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on employee benefits, ERISA fiduciary compliance and planning, employment law, executive and equity compensation, and business succession planning. Mr. Cantor's clients include private and public companies, compensation committees of public companies, boards of directors and trustees, hedge funds, private equity investors, non-profit organizations, executives, and management teams.

Mr. Cantor has advised clients on a wide variety of matters in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and deferred compensation, including:

  • Design and compliance issues relating to qualified retirement plans, including controlled group and EPCRS issues
  • 409A planning and compliance for nonqualified deferred compensation plans and employment, severance and change in control agreements
  • Discharge of fiduciary duties by administrative and investment committees of 401(k) and other qualified retirement plans
  • ERISA prohibited transaction avoidance and correction, including Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program applications
  • Equity compensation design and compliance, including stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock and LLC- and partnership-based equity compensation arrangements
  • Structuring and negotiation of executive compensation and benefits packages on behalf of both companies and executives/management teams (with special tax knowledge in 409A, 162(m) and 280G issues)
  • Dodd-Frank, SEC and Exchange compliance by compensation committees of public companies
  • Proxy disclosure for public companies relating to executive and director compensation
  • International executive and equity compensation matters, particularly those involving U.K. public companies with U.S. subsidiaries
  • Best practices for compensation committees and boards of directors of private companies and boards of trustees of non-profit organizations with respect to executive compensation matters
  • Intermediate sanctions compliance and excess benefit transaction avoidance for executives of non-profit organizations and IRS Form 990 reporting related thereto
  • Structuring of employee benefits-related business transactions, including ESOP purchases of employer stock and qualified plan spin-offs, mergers and consolidation
  • Employee benefits issues and planning opportunities arising in connection with corporate transactions and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Negotiations with governmental agencies, including the IRS, DOL and PBGC
  • Mitigation strategies for employers with respect to multiemployer withdrawal liability
  • Welfare plan design and compliance, Including COBRA, HIPAA, HITECH and Health Care Reform

Mr. Cantor speaks and writes frequently on industry-specific topics and hot button issues.  He has done so on such diverse topics as qualified retirement plans audits and investigations, special and complex tax issues in connection with executive and equity compensation plans, Dodd-Frank compliance for compensation committees of public companies, SEC proxy disclosure and shareholder activism issues, 401(k) plan fee disclosures, participant-level investment advice, health care reform and HIPAA compliance.  He has been interviewed by industry magazines on various employee benefits issues.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • ASPPA Benefits Council of New York, Board Member
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association

Published Works

  • “20 Questions for Your Retirement Plan Committee to Consider,” Plan Sponsor Magazine, April 2015 (Quoted)
  • "Running the Fund: Keeping It Safe,” Plan Sponsor Magazine, April 2014 (Quoted)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Qualified Plan Audits and Investigations: What Every Employer Needs to Know,” Eisner Amper (Iselin, NJ, January 2013) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Best Practices for Compensation Committees of Private Companies,” Sobel & Co., (Iselin, NJ, January 2013) (Presenter) 
  • “401(k) Fee Disclosure and Investment Selection for Employers,”(401(k) Retirement Partners, LLC, (Paramus, NJ, June 2012) (Presenter)
  • “2010 CFO Leadership Breakfast,” Argyle Executive Forum, (New York, NY, December 2010) (Moderator)
  • “Dissecting Common Design Issues and Problem Areas Under Section 409A,” American Conference Institute Forum on Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation and Administration of Executive Compensation (Chicago, IL, July 2010) (Panelist)
  • “Navigating the Minefields: Hot Topics in Executive Compensation,” WESFACCA, (Stamford, CT, January 2010) (Presenter)

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July 11, 2019

Adam Cantor Comments on Joining Jackson Lewis' Growing Employee Benefits Practice in White Plains

July 11, 2019

Adam Cantor comments on joining Jackson Lewis' expanding Employee Benefits practice, and his 20 years of experience helping employers navigate executive compensation and benefits issues in "Jackson Lewis' Growing Benefits Practice Adds New Principal," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 2, 2019
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Adam B. Cantor Joins Jackson Lewis' Expanding Employee Benefits Practice

July 2, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (July 2, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Adam B. Cantor has joined the firm’s expanding Employee Benefits practice. Mr. Cantor joins the firm’s White Plains office from Brown Rudnick, where he focused his practice on a variety of employee benefits,... Read More


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