Mitchel C. Pahl, a Senior Counsel in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Compensation & Benefits Group. Mitch represents public companies, financial institutions, government institutions, private equity groups and high net-worth individuals in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Mitch has particular expertise relating to ERISA fiduciary and private equity matters, M&A transactions, compensation and benefit plan compliance, and the special issues encountered in connection with globally mobile executives.  His extensive experience includes work in such diverse fields as technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals, real estate, energy, banking, retail, healthcare and the food & beverage industry.

Mitch's private equity experience focuses on “ERISA Title I” matters (investment vehicle and fund formation and operation) as well as the tax, employment and other issues raised by upper tier management compensation arrangements maintained by partnerships and LLCs.  This enables Mitch to provide comprehensive counseling to clients in connection with their day-to-day business activities and also their in-house operations.

Throughout his career, Mitch has been involved in numerous high profile corporate transactions, many of which raised cutting edge compliance issues involving employee benefits and executive compensation.  Notable engagements have included those for eBay, Dell, BlackBoard, Datalogic S.p.A., J.P. Morgan, Talbots and King Pharmaceuticals, among others.

Mitch is widely recognized for his work relating to global executive compensation matters.  He is the co-author of the “Multinational Executives” chapter of the leading Executive Compensation treatise, one of the first widely circulated publications to cover the topic.  He has worked with clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North, South and Central America.

Currently, Mitch serves as a member of the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB) and its Subcommittee on Continuing Legal Education, and he has served as the Chair of the Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on International Executive Compensation.  Mr. Pahl has also taught about taxation of employee benefits as an Adjunct Professor at the Lubin School of Business of Pace University.


  • Mitch is a former partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and was a member of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group in the firm's New York office.

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