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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 and Section 280G considerations. He also provides counseling in the employee benefits and employment areas, including ERISA advice in connection with acquisitions.

Brian has advised private equity funds and strategic acquirers on the compensation and benefits aspects of over 500 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



  • Represented PWCC Marketplace, LLC, PWCC Services, LLC and PWCC Vault, LLC in connection with their senior secured credit facilities in an amount up to $175 million from WhiteHawk Capital Partners, LP and Wingspire Capital LLC.
  • Represented Crestview Partners in connection with the acquisition of Emerald EMS, an electronics manufacturing services provider specializing in high-mix, low-volume engineering, design, prototyping, testing, assembly and lifecycle support services for blue-chip original equipment manufacturers across a range of end markets.
  • Represented Sun Capital Partners in its sale of Ames Taping Tools, the nation’s foremost provider of automatic taping and finishing tools and related products to the professional drywall finishing industry.
  • Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of StateServ Medical, the leading durable medical equipment (DME) benefit management company supporting hospices and other post-acute care providers in the United States.
  • Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC in connection with the acquisition of CIVCO Radiotherapy, a global leader of radiotherapy patient positioning and immobilization equipment.
  • Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of Kirlin Design Build LLC, one of the country’s leading engineering and construction companies, focused on large, complex federal and private sector projects.


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