David R. Johanson, Senior Partner and Partner-in-Charge, Napa
Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
David assists clients in general corporate matters and in employee ownership, benefit, ERISA, and related business matters, with an emphasis on executive compensation, equity incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. David has served as outside general counsel to numerous corporate clients over the past 38 years. He also frequently appears on behalf of clients in business and employment-oriented defense litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country, and before regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, etc.).
Stephen Wilkes, Partner & Chief Legal Officer
Wagner Law Group
Stephen Wilkes, a partner in the firm, heads the firm’s Investment Management Law practice. He also is a Practice Group leader for the firm’s ERISA Fiduciary Compliance and Independent Fiduciary practices. Steve advises a national client base of mutual funds, CIFs, private funds, registered investment advisers, insurance companies, broker dealers, wealth management firms, banks, trust companies, third-party platform providers, Taft Hartley Funds and plan sponsors on ERISA, tax, and related securities law issues. Stephen counsels’ clients regarding ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, investment matters, alternative investments, securities law issues, federal tax issues, and the employee benefits aspects of bankruptcy and related financial restructurings, reorganizations and liquidations. He interacts with regulatory agencies and Congressional staff on legislative and regulatory issues involving the DOL, SEC, IRS, PBGC and OCC.