Amy Hwang counsels clients on executive compensation, employee benefits, and ERISA issues. She helps companies navigate the complexities of the Tax Code and ERISA to develop practical but creative incentive programs and other compensation programs for employees, directors, and consultants.
Amy advises employers on the design and administration of nonqualified executive compensation arrangements for both for-profits and nonprofits, including equity compensation programs, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and Section 457(b) and 457(f) plans for tax-exempt and governmental employers, as well as the impact of Tax Code Section 409A on such plans. She also helps employers establish and maintain compliant tax-qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans. Amy negotiates executive employment and severance agreements on behalf of employers and employees. She has a depth of experience in assisting public and private companies with benefits and compensation matters in mergers and acquisitions. Amy regularly reviews deal documents for clients in the food and beverage, restaurant, and technology sectors.
Benefits issues in business transactions
Retirement plan corrections
Executive Compensation Experience
Business Transaction Experience
Admitted to Practice
J.D., New York University School of Law, 2007
- Staff Director, Journal of Law & Business
- NCPL Research Fellow in Philanthropy and the Law
B.A., Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Economics, Northwestern University, 1998, magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
Memberships & Affiliations
- Western Pension and Benefits Conference
- Board of Directors, Asian Bar Association of Washington, 2010-2011
- Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law by Best Lawyers, 2024-present