HOWARD PIANKO is the head of Seyfarth Shaw’s New York benefits practice and the national chair of its Fiduciary Advisory Services practice group. During his more than thirty-five years of experience in employee benefits law and executive compensation, he has counseled both domestic and international clients on matters running the full benefits gamut. His current practice focuses extensively on fiduciary and plan governance matters, executive compensation (including both domestic and cross-border equity and incentive plans) as well as benefit and employment considerations in M&A transactions, including post-transaction implementation and restructuring.
He is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a founding member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. He has been recognized for his professional expertise by, among others, Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers; and also designated as a BTI Client Service All-Star. He originated the PLI Pension Investment program and has been co-chairing this annual program since 1991. He also co-chairs the PLI Basic Fiduciary Investment Program.
A. Richard Susko is Senior Counsel based in the New York office.
Mr. Susko frequently lectures on employee benefits topics and co-chaired the annual PLI program on legal issues involved with the investment of pension plans subject to ERISA for more than 20 years.
Mr. Susko joined the firm in 1974 and became a partner in 1982. He received
J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University in 1974, an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University in 1980, and an undergraduate degree from Union College in 1969.
Mr. Susko is a member of the Bar in New York and is also a charter member of American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. Susko was an Adjunct Professor of Executive Compensation at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.