Pillsbury today announced that Marcus Wu has joined the firm as a partner in the Executive Compensation & Benefits practice in San Diego. An accomplished lawyer, Wu has extensive experience in designing and implementing a broad spectrum of retirement plans and deferred-compensation plans.

With a deep understanding of the federal and state laws governing employee benefit plans, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code, Wu has considerable experience advising public and private employers on their retirement and health-and-welfare plans. He also counsels clients on defined-benefit plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457 plans and non-qualified deferred-compensation plans.

Wu also advises employers on a wide variety of equity-compensation programs, including omnibus equity-incentive plans, ESPPs, performance-share plans, and others. In the area of welfare-benefit plans, he advises employers on establishing and administering health plans, section 125 cafeteria plans (flexible- and dependent-care arrangements), and severance plans.

“Marcus joins Pillsbury as part of a strategic goal to augment the firm’s existing top notch strengths in employee benefits matters,” said Pillsbury Chair James Rishwain, Jr. “His capabilities across a wide range of employee benefits, retirement and deferred-compensation plans will be a great benefit to our clients.”

“Pillsbury has a market-leading benefits practice,” said Susan Serota, leader of Pillsbury’s firmwide Executive Compensation & Benefits practice. “Having Marcus on board will further enhance the services we provide to government agencies as well as private and public employers.”

“I am thrilled to join Pillsbury’s much-lauded national platform and benefits practice,” said Wu. “I am already familiar with several of my future colleagues, whom I regard as the finest employee benefits practitioners in the country.”

Wu earned his J.D. from University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and joins Pillsbury from Hanson Bridgett. He is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association. In addition he serves on the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Wu has frequently spoken on employee benefits topics.



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