Tom focuses his practice on the design, development and implementation of executive compensation arrangements and employee benefit plans. This often includes stock incentive plans, bonus plans, deferred compensation programs, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs), employment agreements, equity-based compensation packages, severance arrangements, and tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans.
Tom has extensive experience advising clients on compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), fiduciary duties, bankruptcy, and mergers and acquisitions. His practice also involves counseling nonprofit, tax-exempt and governmental entities on benefits and compensation matters, including deferred compensation and intermediate sanctions.
In addition, Tom has commented on employee benefits issues in national, regional and trade publications, including USA Today, Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel Magazine and Employee Benefit News. He has also been interviewed by WCVB-Channel 5 Boston, Fox News, Fox Channel 25, New England Cable News Network and WBZ Radio. Additionally, he has been a panelist on numerous employee benefit programs. Mr. Greene is the co-author of Working with ERISA: An Eight Step Guide for Trustees and Advisors.
Tom has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a J.D. (cum laude) from Suffolk University, and an LL.M. (with distinction) from Georgetown University.
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Blais, Halpert & Lieberman LLC is a transactional tax boutique focused on tax-sensitive structuring and implementation of high-value business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, fund formations, and executive compensation arrangements. While much of our work concerns C corporations, we work equally regularly with partnerships, LLCs, S corporations, and other pass-through entities. We often advise on cross-border transactions, including inbound and outbound acquisitions and investments as well as immigration and expatriation issues. We can assist in planning transactions and drafting documents to ensure the fulfillment of the client’s economic objectives most beneficially under tax law.
A cornerstone of our practice is serving as U.S. tax co-counsel to corporate boutiques and small to moderately sized law firms without their own in-house tax staff. We provide assistance as well to immigration, litigation, and non-U.S. law firms. We regard co-counsel as our partners in delivering seamless, practical, efficient, and valuable service to clients. We work regularly with co-counsel located in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Columbus, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other locales where business transactions have a significant U.S. income tax dimension.
We offer a unique value proposition in providing sophisticated transactional tax advice to the middle market, which is underserved by many of the “specialty” law areas. We bring expertise, efficiency, an understanding of how tax advice integrates with non-tax legal and business objectives, and most of all, the ability to communicate tax law to non-tax lawyers and business clients.