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Shane M. Tucker

Shane M. Tucker Partner, Executive Compensation & Benefits

Shane’s practice area involves a variety of executive compensation and employee benefits matters. A significant portion of his practice involves the design and implementation of equity-based compensation arrangements, severance and retention arrangements, and deferred compensation arrangements. He has counseled both employers and executives in various executive compensation matters. Shane also advises clients in the complex tax matters associated with executive compensation arrangements, including performance-based compensation issues, transactions involving golden parachute payments, deferred compensation plan design, and matters involving transfers of property for services.

Shane has extensive experience with executive compensation and employee benefits issues associated with corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and initial public offerings. He also counsels clients with respect to proxy statement disclosure, shareholder approval issues involving equity compensation arrangements, say-on-payment, and other compensation-related corporate governance matters and compensatory arrangements for executive officers and directors. He works closely with the firm’s corporate practice group on both transactional matters and securities issues relating to benefits and compensation programs.

In addition, Shane has experience in the design of various forms of retirement plans, welfare plans, and payroll practices, including 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), severance plans, health plans, cafeteria plans, and retention and other bonus arrangements. He has represented clients in the submission of tax qualified retirement plans to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for determination of tax exempt status and resolution of tax qualification issues, and advises clients on ERISA fiduciary and plan asset matters. Shane also has experience advising human resources and payroll personnel in the day-to-day administration of compensation arrangements, qualified retirement arrangements, and welfare benefit arrangements

Experience Highlights

  • Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. in its $143 million initial public offering of common stock

    • Spredfast, a leading provider of social media management software and solutions, in the merger with Lithium Technologies via its private equity sponsor, Vista Equity Partners 
    • SemGroup Corporation in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, one of the largest oil terminals in the U.S., from Alinda Capital Partners
    • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
    • Holly Corporation in the $7 billion merger with Frontier Oil Corporation, creating one of the largest independent refiners in the United States
    • Inergy and Inergy Midstream in an $8 billion multi-step combination transaction with Crestwood Midstream Partners  and Crestwood Holdings 
    • Southwest Airlines in its $3.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Holdings
    • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on executive compensation and employee benefit aspects in connection with its $70 million initial public offering of common stock

    Representative Experience

    • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units
    • Dell in its $3.9 billion public tender offer and acquisition of Perot Systems Corporation, an information technology company
    • The Carlyle Group in the acquisition of the North American power generation assets of Cogentrix Energy, including five coal and solar power projects and a development pipeline of gas and renewable projects, from The Goldman Sachs Group
    • Riverstone Holdings in the $1.275 billion sale of Dynamic Offshore Resources to SandRidge Energy

    Contact Details


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    F +1.214.999.7803
    Trammell Crow Center
    2001 Ross Avenue
    Suite 3900
    Dallas, TX 75201
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    Shane's Practices

    • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1999 (Notre Dame Law Review)
    • University of Nebraska (Lincoln), B.S., 1995
    • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (Transactional), 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employee Benefits Law, 2010–2020
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2005 and 2006, 2008–2012
    • Member: Employee Benefits Section, Dallas Bar Association