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Melissa Jester Spohn
Melissa Jester Spohn
Senior Associate — Executive Compensation & Benefits
Senior Associate — Executive Compensation & Benefits

Melissa Jester Spohn

Melissa Jester Spohn
Dallas

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201

Melissa Jester Spohn

Missy’s practice focuses on executive compensation, employee benefits, public company compensation and securities law disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and compensation or benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other corporate transactions. She advises a wide variety of public and private companies on various aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits. A significant portion of her practice involves advising clients on the design, implementation, and administration of deferred compensation plans and arrangements, stock option plans, other equity or cash-based incentive plans, tax-qualified plans, non-qualified plans, executive employment agreements, and consulting agreements.

The following is a list of representative matters in which Melissa has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Focus Financial Partners Inc. in its $615 million initial public offering of common stock utilizing an Up-C structure

Credentials

  • Southern Methodist University, LL.M., Tax, 2006
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D. with honors, 2005
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, M.P.A., 2005
  • Hendrix College, B.A. cum laude, 2001
  • Member: Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Arkansas; Texas; Colorado
  • “Updated Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosures,” V&E Executive Compensation Disclosure Update E-communication, September 28, 2017 (co-author)