Over the last half century, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP has grown to include more than 160 lawyers in 10 offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco. The team represents many of America’s largest corporations, small local businesses, and individuals in complex litigation and transactions. As national leaders in their fields of expertise, their ESOP, Employee Benefits, M&A, Tax & ERISA group brings extraordinary depth in perspective when advising clients in connection with retirement plans, equity incentives, executive compensation, shareholder issues, fiduciaries, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and benefits litigation throughout the country.
FGMK is a leading professional services firm providing assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, global public companies, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and not-for-profit organizations. FGMK is among the largest accounting firms in Chicago and one of the top ranked accounting firms in the United States.
Rachel J. Markun is a Partner in the Napa and San Francisco offices of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. Ms. Markun advises clients regarding the corporate, tax and fiduciary issues relating to ESOPs and employee benefit plans. She has represented plan fiduciaries, employers and financial institutions in connection with legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, the federal securities laws, and the California tax laws. She has extensive tax expertise relating to tax-exempt entities including matters involving unrelated business tax issues and all aspects of retirement plan qualification issues. She represents retirement plan corporate sponsors in a variety of matters, including Internal Revenue Service audits and U.S. Department of Labor investigations. Ms. Markun has an active practice in addressing ERISA issues in litigation matters and in addressing regulatory matters involving ESOPs. She has extensive experience in substantive ERISA issues and in preparing defense strategies for ERISA cases, including privilege issues, co-fiduciary liability issue and damages issues. She counsels many ESOP companies and fiduciaries on a range of compliance, best practices and risk management issues. Ms. Markun is a frequent lecturer and author on corporate.
Don has more than 25 years of experience designing executive compensation and pay-for-performance programs, as well as advising management and board of public, private and tax-exempt companies. Prior to joining FGMK, he spent the last 20 years working for Andersen Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, and most recently, Grant Thornton.
Don has worked with companies across virtually every industry and size. These engagements include total compensation benchmarking, annual and long-term incentive plan design, equity incentives, phantom stock arrangements, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.
Don has also worked with numerous clients on regulatory matters, including ASC 718, Section 409A, Section 280G and SEC proxy/CD&A disclosure.
Don is a frequent speaker and has published numerous thought leadership articles on topics related to executive compensation and pay-for-performance.