Steve Fackler
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
United States


Stephen W. Fackler is a partner in Gibson Dunn's Palo Alto and New York offices and Co-Chair of the Firm's Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Mr. Fackler has extensive experience nationwide advising public and private companies, private equity funds and boards of directors on compensation and benefits matters. He also regularly advises senior executives on their employment and severance arrangements and directors in connection with compensation and indemnification arrangements.

His practice focuses on:

  • Designing and negotiating executive and director compensation arrangements
  • Designing and implementing stock and other incentive plans
  • Advising public company clients, their boards of directors and compensation committees on corporate governance issues and legal compliance involving a comprehensive range of compensation plans
  • Advising on deferred compensation plans, 401(k) plans, other types of retirement plans, health and welfare plans and fringe benefits
  • Advising companies, boards and management teams on compensation and benefits in mergers and acquisitions

Mr. Fackler serves as Chair of the Certification Council for the Certified Equity Professional Institute, the leading certification program in the United States for stock plan professionals. He also serves as outside counsel for the Global Equity Organization, the leading international trade association for stock plan professionals.

Mr. Fackler received his law degree from Stanford University in 1984. He earned an Honours B.A. from St. Johns' College, Oxford University in 1981. He completed his undergraduate education at Harvard University where heearned his Bachelor of Artsmagna cum laude in History in 1979 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Fackler has been selected by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Employee Benefits Lawyer each year since 2006 (the first year in which the category was included) in its publication"America's Leading Business Lawyers" and as a Leading US Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Lawyer by The Legal 500 in its inaugural 2007 and subsequenteditions.

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