BBB - Meet Your Law Alumni Mentor - Susan Wetzel, ONU JD '97, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, TX
Susan A. Wetzel, Esq., ONU ‘97
Haynes & Boone, LLP Dallas, TX
“L-1 – Meet Your Law Alumni Mentor”
Ms. Wetzel will be sharing her valuable experience in the legal field with first year law students.
Areas of Practice: Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans, and Health Law.
Susan Wetzel was appointed to the ONU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2010.
She specializes in advising clients regarding ERISA and employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions, acting as counsel to both buyers and sellers, including transactions involving benefit and equity issues in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Singapore, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic. She advises clients regarding the design and implementation of all types of tax qualified plans, including defined benefit plans, Section 457(b) plans, Section 457(f) plans, and Section 401(k) plans. She counsels clients regarding tax compliance and regulatory issues associated with fully-insured and self-funded health plans, VEBAs and MEWAs, including the impact of health care reform on plan documents and operations. She assists clients with benefits issues relating to inbound and outbound transactions, including Internal Revenue Code Section 409A issues relating to expatriate allowances, tax equalization programs, foreign benefit plans, and equity awards to foreign-based employees. She negotiates executive employment and severance agreements, acting as counsel to both executives and employers, and counseling clients regarding issues under Internal Revenue Code Sections 162(m), 280G and 409A. She designs and implements all types of equity compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, phantom stock, and stock appreciation rights. She counsels plan sponsors regarding how the HIPAA privacy and security regulations affect their group health plans and drafting forms, policies and procedures to assist group health plans in complying with the HIPAA privacy and security regulations.
Susan Wetzel was named one of the Best Lawyers under 40 in 2006 by D Magazine and was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition (2004-2005, 2007-2009). She is also listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits Law (Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2011)
Bar Admissions—Texas Indiana— Court Admissions—U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit