Jeremy M. Pelphrey



Jeremy Pelphrey’s background teaching and lecturing in the areas of tax, statistics and labor management relations reflects the depth of knowledge he applies to counseling businesses, fiduciaries and investment funds on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other tax-qualified plans, as well as on strategic transactions, ERISA and various fiduciary matters. Jeremy has extensive experience facilitating strategic transactions for corporate clients and advising mature companies on their business succession plans.


Jeremy has deep experience in the area of fiduciary consulting, as well as advising tax-exempt and governmental organizations on their tax-qualified and deferred compensation arrangements. Jeremy routinely negotiates with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on correction programs for ERISA-covered plans. In this role, he drafts submissions, negotiates settlements, and resolves issues with governmental officials and agencies.

Strategic Transactions

Privately held, middle-market and emerging growth companies rely on Jeremy’s representation to consummate mergers and acquisitions, manage spinoffs, and negotiate private-sponsor and institutional-buyer transactions, with a particular focus on, and the utilization of, employee stock ownership plans in these transactions. He also represents private investment funds in the acquisition, recapitalization and disposition of portfolio companies.

Faculty Positions

  • City University of New York — Adjunct Professor, Statistics, 2000-01
  • Bradley University — Adjunct Professor, Labor Management Relations, 2005-06
  • Golden Gate University — Adjunct Professor, Tax Law, 2015-17

Related Industries


Bar Admissions



The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University
J.D. (2004)

Eastern Illinois University
B.A. (1999)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
M.A. (2000)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans
  • Discerning Data – a forum that discusses developments in privacy, cybersecurity, information governance and data analytics

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Fostering Media Connections — Board Member

    Fostering Media Connections is a nonprofit media organization that uses a mix of investigative, accountability and solution-oriented journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families.

Professional Associations

  • IRS TE/GE Pacific Coast — Advisory Council
  • American Bar Association — Tax Section
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association
  • Los Angeles Employee Benefits Group

Firm Leadership

  • Co-leader, ESOPs Practice Team


  • Best Lawyers® — Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020-21
  • The M&A Advisor — 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award, 2015
  • M&A Advisor Awards — Finalist, 13th Annual, 2014
  • ACG New York Champion’s Awards — Nominated, “Energy Deal of the Year,” 2014
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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