Brian Witkowski

Brian Witkowski


Brian counsels clients on compensation and benefits matters, with a focus on executive compensation. His experience includes work for Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, start-ups, management teams, and individual C-level executives.

In the executive compensation area, Brian advises employers and executives on employment, severance, equity incentive and change in control arrangements, and related tax considerations, including Code Section 409A compliance. He also provides counseling in the employee benefits and employment areas.

Brian has advised private equity funds and strategic acquirers on the compensation and benefits aspects of more than 200 mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures across a variety of industries.


  • Equity and equity-based compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, RSUs, profits interests, and phantom equity
  • Employment, severance, retention, change in control, and separation agreements for C-level executives
  • Compensation and benefits aspects of M&A transactions



Akademische Ausbildung
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2009
    • Executive Editor, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 2005
  • Illinois