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Senior Attorney - Benefits & Executive Compensation - Williams

Posted on: 01-May-2012

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 Senior Attorney - Benefits & Executive Compensation (16321)

Requisition Number 16321 - Posted 04/06/2012 - Tulsa, OK


Responsibilities include:

  1. Providing legal support related to the Company’s current and historical employee benefits plans.  Williams’ plans include pension and 401(k) plans and health and welfare plans.  The successful candidate will provide legal advice and project management skills to support:
    1. preparation and filing of regulatory documents,
    2. maintenance of plan and trust documents,
    3. preparation of Summary Plan Descriptions and related ERISA communications,
    4. processes, policies and activities of the Investment, Administrative, and Benefits Committees,
    5. claims and appeals administration,
    6. preparation of plan financials and tax filings,
    7. updates to COBRA, HIPAA and Medicare notices and other privacy obligations and internal training materials, and
    8. coordination with actuaries, HR, Treasury and Accounting.
  2. Assisting with merger and acquisitions, including retirement and welfare plan due diligence.
  3. Advising on matters of general and executive compensation, including supporting administration of Williams’ annual cash incentive program and long term equity incentives programs.
  4. Advising on Williams’ employee stock purchase plan.
  5. Managing and/or advising on the preparation and filing of Securities & Exchange Commission compensation disclosures, including current reports on 8-K and annual proxy statement.
  6. Ensuring regulatory compliance for benefit and compensation matters by researching and maintaining awareness of changing practices and trends and providing legal analysis of existing, new, and proposed legislation and regulations.
  7. Engaging and managing outside counsel and other vendors in line with Williams’ policies and practices.
  8. Managing administrative matter to comply with internal practices and policies, including budgeting, internal reporting, and invoice processing.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Responsibilities could also include acting as assistant secretary supporting board of directors’ compensation committee.

Successful candidate will work closely with Williams’ internal benefits and executive compensation team and partner with those Williams’ in house lawyers and paralegals who offer securities, employment, and business development legal support.  Williams currently employs an experienced benefits paralegal.


Qualifications include:

  1. JD degree with admission in good standing in a state bar association and a minimum of 6 years of employee benefits and/or executive compensation legal or consulting experience.  Experience with securities and tax regulations implicated by benefits and compensation matters is a plus.
  2. Candidates must demonstrate a thorough understanding of state and federal laws and regulations related to employee benefits and executive compensation and possess strong academic qualifications.
  3. Successful candidate must have a pro-active, open, direct and honest communications style with excellent oral, written and one-on-one communication skills.
  4.  Successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills; work well in fast-paced team environment; and be willing to offer strategic and practical advice to get the job done.


Williams will pay relocation costs for this position.