Martha N. Steinman


Martha N. Steinman is co-chair of the Global Compensation, Benefits and Employment Department for Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf and has experience in executive compensation, employee benefits, qualified and non-qualified plans, and welfare plans. She advises clients on the design and implementation of executive compensation arrangements and employee benefit plans, with an emphasis on tax and securities law considerations. Ms. Steinman works with clients to address employee benefit issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). She also counsels clients regarding the use of captives to reinsure employee benefit arrangements and in securing exemptions from the U.S. Department of Labor.

A significant portion of Ms. Steinman’s practice is in the area of equity compensation. Additionally, she works with clients to negotiate employment and severance agreements, design compensation packages, and on retirement planning. She has extensive experience in advising publicly held companies and their boards of directors on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and corporate governance issues, on their executive compensation and other employee benefit arrangements.

Selected Activities

  • Member, Executive Advisory Committee of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP)
  • Vice Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Employee Benefits Committee
  • Vice Chair, Executive Compensation Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law (Federal Regulation of Securities Law Committee), Section of Taxation (Executive Compensation Subcommittee) and Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
  • President, New York/New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Vice Chair, CLE Subcommittee of American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

Speeches and Publications

  • Frequent speaker on current executive compensation and employee benefits topics.
  • “Federal Preemption: The Labor Management Relations Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.” 1988 Annual Survey of American Law.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits Law, 2007-2011
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits Law, 2007-2012


  • New York University School of Law, 1989, J.D., Articles Editor, Editorial Staff, Annual Survey of American Law
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1986, B.A., magna cum laude, Distinction in Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia