Austin regularly provides comprehensive counsel to senior executives, management teams and employers on the design, negotiation, implementation and administration of employment agreements, severance agreements, change in control arrangements, corporate and partnership equity and phantom equity compensation arrangements, qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, welfare plans, retention, incentive and other compensation and benefits arrangements. He has substantial knowledge of ERISA and tax issues relating to benefits and compensation arrangements, including under Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 457A, 162(m), 280G and 83, and strives in his practice to maximize tax efficiency for, while avoiding the potential for punitive tax consequences to, his clients.
Austin advises on benefits, compensation and employee matters in transactional settings, including in private and public mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and investment fund acquisitions and dispositions, and has significant experience representing various parties to such transactions.
Throughout his career, Austin has been involved with many of the country’s most significant financial restructurings. Private equity and hedge funds often call on Austin for thoughtful guidance relating to their key employee compensation arrangements and those covering portfolio company management. He is also called on to provide counsel relating to the unique compensation programs of media, entertainment and professional sports organizations.
Austin’s suite of services also includes counseling on securities issues relating to compensation arrangements.
Honors & Awards
- Nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States in two categories for Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans
- Co-author, “House Passes Retirement Plan Reform Legislation on Bipartisan Vote,” Stroock Special Bulletin, May 29, 2019
Admitted To Practice
New York; New Jersey
U.S. Tax Court
LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2001
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2000
B.A., Emory University, 1997
In The Spotlight
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September 26, 2019 | Fiduciary News
Austin Lilling Discusses Retirement Planning With Fiduciary News
June 7, 2019
Stroock Receives Honors in 16 Practices from The Legal 500 United States 2019: 41 Stroock Lawyers Recognized
March 7, 2019 | Financial Times’ Agenda
Austin Lilling Quoted in Financial Times’ Agenda
February 4, 2019
Stroock Guides Ultimate Software in $11B Going Private Transaction
August 24, 2018 | Law360
Austin Lilling quoted in “#MeToo, Tax Cuts, Lawsuits Complicate Exec Compensation”
August 9, 2018 | Global Banking & Finance Review
Austin Lilling featured in “Stroock grabs executive compensation leader Austin Lilling in New York”
August 9, 2018 | Law360
Austin Lilling featured, and Jeff Keitelman quoted, in “Stroock Hires Executive Compensation Partner For NY Office”
August 8, 2018
Stroock Grabs Executive Compensation Leader Austin Lilling in New York