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Greg Gautam

Greg Gautam

Partner| Phoenix


Greg Gautam focuses his practice on various areas of employee benefits, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation. He also advises clients on benefits and compensation issues in connection with corporate transactions. Greg uses his knowledge of employee benefits laws, regulations and the Internal Revenue Code to assist clients in achieving their human capital and compensation objectives.

Greg has experience in drafting and amending qualified retirement savings, deferred compensation and welfare benefit plans as well as advising clients with regard to the administration and compliance of such plans with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. In the executive compensation area, he has been involved in the representation of public and private companies and senior executives in connection with negotiating and drafting employment agreements, equity plans and awards, change in control agreements, severance agreements, and other compensation arrangements, including Section 409A compliance/corrections and Section 162(m) compliance.

In connection with mergers and acquisitions, Greg analyzes compensation and benefits issues and drafts and assists in the negotiation of key benefits provisions involving employee benefits representations and warranties, employee plan compliance, health and welfare liabilities, severance obligations, and COBRA obligations.

Greg is a co-chair of Snell & Wilmer’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and serves as a member of the firm's Attorney Development Committee.

  • Washington University School of Law (J.D., 2008)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., Political Science, 2005)
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Young Lawyers Division, Executive Board (2011-2013)
    • Minority Bar Convention: "The Power of Inclusion," Co-Chair (2012)
    • Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (2008-present)
      • Law School Outreach Subcommittee Chair (2012-2015)
    • Diversity Legal Writing Program, Co-Coordinator (2015-present)
  • Arizona Attorney Magazine, Editorial Board (2014-present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Phoenix Chapter
  • South Asian Bar Association - Arizona
    • Executive Board (2016-present)
  • "Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Communicator (Summer 2016)
  • "SEC Proposes Rules for the Clawback of Executive Compensation," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Communicator (Fall 2015)
  • "Common Errors in Qualified Retirement Plans," Speaker, Arizona Total Rewards Association (April 2015)
  • "Tips Every Summer Legal Intern Should Know," Panel Moderator, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Sponsored by Snell & Wilmer and the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (March 2014)
  • "January 31, 2014 Deadline for Reporting Incentive Stock Option Exercises and Employee Stock Purchase Plan Transfers that Occurred in 2013," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Employee Benefits Update (January 2014)
  • "Section 409A Refresher," Co-Author, Employment and the Law Blog (August 2, 2013)
  • "Agencies Provide Guidance on Additional Health Care Reform Changes Impacting Non-Grandfathered Employer Group Health Plans," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (July 10, 2013)
  • "Tips Every Summer Legal Intern Should Know," Panel Moderator, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Sponsored by Snell & Wilmer and the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (April 2013)
  • "Transition Relief for Correction of Section 409A Release Agreement Timing Failures Expires December 31, 2012," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (October 2012)
  • "Summary of Benefits and Coverage for Group Health Plans," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (July 2012)
  • "The Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Reform. What If It Stays? What If It Goes? The Impact on Employer Group Health Plans," Speaker, Employer Challenges in Healthcare Seminar sponsored by MJ Insurance, ADP, Cigna (June 2012)
  • "Four-Page Benefit Summary Requirement for Group Health Plans Arrives in 2012," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (November 2011)
  • "Employee Benefits Implications of Health Care Reform," Co-Speaker, State Bar of Arizona Minority Bar Convention (April 2011)
  • "How To Turn Your Summer Job Into a Full-Time Position," Panelist, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (April 2011)
  • "Legal Landscapes – Careers Within the Legal Profession," Panelist, Phoenix School of Law, Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (February 2011)
  • "In-Plan Roth Conversions May Require Plan Sponsors to Take Immediate Action," Co-Author, Tax Law News, a publication of the Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona (December 2010)
  • "Last Chance to Correct for Certain Section 409A Document Failures Without Penalty," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Communicator (November 2010)
  • "Employee Benefits Implications of Health Care Reform," Co-Speaker, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association 2010 Fall Conference (November 2010)
  • "In-Plan Roth Conversions May Require Plan Sponsors to Take Immediate Action," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Employee Benefits Update (October 2010)
  • "New Guidance on Internal Claims Procedures and External Reviews Under PPACA Might Be the Best Reason to Maintain Grandfathered Plan Status," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (September 2010)
  • "Agencies Publish Guidance on Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions and other Patient Protections," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (July 2010)
  • "HHS Issues Guidance on Early Retiree Reinsurance Program," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (May 2010)
  • "Health Care Reform Provisions Related to Women’s Health," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (April 2010)
  • "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Small Business," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Health Care Reform Alert (April 2010)
  • "SEC Adopts New Compensation Disclosure Rules," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Employee Benefits Update (January 2010)
  • "COBRA Premium Subsidy Extension," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Employee Benefits Update (December 2009)
  • "IRS Announces Section 409A Correction Program," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (April 2009)
  • "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: Executive Compensation Caps," Tax News, a publication of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Arizona (October 2008)
  • 20 Influential Millennials Working in Arizona, AZ Big Media (2017)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Employee Benefits (2014-2017)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Teach for America, Phoenix Associate Board of Directors (2014-present)
    • President (2016-2017)
    • Vice President and Recruiting Chair (2015-2016)
  • Washington University Alumni & Parents Admission Program, Phoenix Committee Member
  • Diversity Leadership Alliance Youth Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Firm Coordinator and Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Law Clerk
  • UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, Intern
  • University of Chicago Hospital, Intern
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona