Class of 1996
Employee Benefits Attorney
Michelle Capezza is a member of Epstein Becker Green in the Employee Benefits and Health Care and Life Sciences practices and she co-leads the Technology, Media and Telecommunications strategic industry group. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of ERISA, Employee Benefits, and Executive Compensation and provides counsel on qualified retirement plans, ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, employee welfare benefits plans, equity/incentive programs, and benefit issues that arise in corporate transactions. She often partners with clients' in-house attorneys, human resources professionals, and benefit plan service providers with respect to these types of matters. Ms. Capezza represents a range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations, to non-profit entities, medium-sized businesses, and individual executives, across various industries, including financial services, health care, technology, media, telecommunications, hospitality, and retail.
Ms. Capezza was recommended for her work in employee benefits and executive compensation on a national level in The Legal 500 United States (2013, 2014 and 2016). She was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers (2014 to 2016) and Top Women Lists (2014, 2015). Ms. Capezza received the 2012 Excellence in Achievement Award from the Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Society at Seton Hall University School of Law, for her commitment to excellence and compassionate service in the field of law. In 2011, Ms. Capezza was named a Rising Star by the New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition, and in 2009 she was named a Rising Star by the New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine for her work in Employee Benefits/ERISA. Ms. Capezza has also been recognized in Marquis Who's Who in America, American Law, and Emerging Leaders.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Capezza practiced Employee Benefits Law in both New York and New Jersey with prominent law firms ranked in the AM Law 100 and 200. She also served as corporate in-house counsel to financial institutions with businesses in the retirement plan and equity award plan recordkeeping industry. Earlier in her career, Ms. Capezza served as a judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Civil Part) and worked on Wall Street in the brokerage industry in the area of corporate services and retirement product development. Her combination of law firm, corporate in-house legal, and business experience allows her to provide clients with understandable, practical advice with regard to technical issues, in order to attain their business goals.
In addition to her work at the firm, Ms. Capezza is an adjunct faculty member of the Seton Hall University School of Law, where she has taught a course in Corporate Transactional skills (a practical skills course designed to prepare law students for transactional practice following graduation). In addition, Ms. Capezza is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The First American Inn of Transactional Counsel (American Inns of Court), an organization devoted to promoting professionalism, civility, ethics, and excellent legal skills at the American bench and bar. She contributes to and serves as editor of the firm's Technology Employment Law blog (www.technologyemploymentlaw.com), which provides insight and commentary on legal issues facing today's technology companies. Ms. Capezza is also a member of the New Jersey Technology Council and an NJTC Technology Ambassador. She is also a frequent national speaker on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation topics including health reform, financial regulatory reform, fiduciary issues under ERISA, the future of retirement benefits, and overall trends in these and other areas. She has published numerous articles in various publications such as The Employee Benefit Plan Review, The BNA Health Insurance Report, The BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter, The BNA Health Law Reporter, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Confero and TechNews.
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