Lara has 18 years of experience as a business lawyer, primarily counseling clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and executive compensation. She has served as both in-house and outside counsel, and currently, her practice focuses on Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) transactions, involving the purchase or sale of companies in deals involving an ESOP.
Lara regularly counsels clients on compliance issues related to employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She has experience in designing, drafting and implementing qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, equity based compensation programs, employment and severance agreements, change in control provisions and welfare benefit programs. She has experience advising trustees, plan fiduciaries and plan administrators on fiduciary matters related to both ERISA and trust law generally.
Lara has served as an adviser to human resource professionals on employment issues, from hiring through termination, as well as advising executive management and boards of directors on corporate governance, equity compensation and SEC reporting related to compensation matters. She has also assisted small businesses and not for profit organizations with formation, governance and compliance issues, as well as volunteering on a variety of boards.