Laraine S. Rothenberg

Laraine S. Rothenberg

  • Of Counsel
  • Executive Compensation & ERISA
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8745
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Laraine S. Rothenberg joined the Firm's New York office as a partner in 1994. Upon her retirement as chair of the Employee Benefits & Plans, Executive Compensation and Exempt Organization Department in 2012, she became of counsel.

Ms. Rothenberg counsels boards of directors, compensation committees, chief executive officers and other senior management on employment agreements, severance protection agreements, stock options, compensatory equity participation arrangements and benefit plans, and the related requirements of the securities and tax laws. Ms. Rothenberg advises on corporate governance issues and the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She has a particular expertise in advising Boards on compensation disclosure and CD&A.  She also advises on tax planning for multinational corporations, including IRS appeals proceedings, structuring of international operations, transfer pricing, and tax issues related to executives. Ms. Rothenberg assists clients in connection with corporate transactions and investment vehicles used by the ERISA plans in collaboration with the Firm's mergers and acquisitions and asset management practices. She regularly advises corporations on international and corporate tax matters and represents major tax exempt organizations. Ms. Rothenberg is a frequent speaker on tax, benefits and related securities issues. She is the author of numerous articles in these areas as well as several BNA portfolios in the international tax area.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Rothenberg was the recipient of The Legal Aid Society's 2005 Award for Outstanding Pro BonoService; the 2003 Columbia University Alumni Federation Medal for Distinguished Service to the University; the NOW-NYC 2002 Women of Power and Influence Award; and Tax Management 1997 Distinguished Author Award. 

She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and by Legal 500 in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

Professional Associations

Member; Former Executive Committee Member; Former co-chair, Tax Section Committees on Continuing Legal Education; Employee Benefits; and Exempt Organizations; New York State Bar Association (Tax Section)
Member, International  Fiscal Association
Member, International Bar Association
Member, Columbia Law School Board of Visitors
Founding Member, Alumnae of Columbia Law School
Former Board of Directors, Pig Iron Theatre Company (1994-2006)
Former Board of Directors, former Chair of the Compensation Committee, The Wallace Foundation (1993-2006)
Former chair, Special Committee on Employee Benefits; Former member, Committee on Taxation; Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York

Practices & Industries


Columbia Law School, JD – 1971
University of Pennsylvania, BA – 1967
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