Mr. Wessel has represented numerous financial institutions, public and privately held companies, boards of directors, employee benefit plan trustees, and individual corporate executives. Mr. Wessel also regularly counsels clients in connection with executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA matters, as well as pension investments and fiduciary matters. His practice includes advising on equity and incentive compensation plans, nonqualified pension plans, and employment, severance and change in control agreements.
Mr. Wessel also represents clients on the compensation and benefits aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and advises debtors in possession and creditors' committees on pension and employee benefits matters in bankruptcy. Additionally, his practice involves regulatory matters with the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Wessel is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and compensation matters and has been published and quoted in the media on current issues in the area.
Mr. Wessel was named a 2018 Benefits “MVP” by Law360. He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by Legal 500 US and is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, where clients note “his strengths are his ability to manage the client relationship extremely effectively in a challenging environment and his command of the legal issues to be addressed.” He is also named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, is consistently named a “Bankruptcy Tax Specialist” by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America.