James R.  Huffman

James Huffman is an associate in the Tax Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. 

James counsels public and private companies on their employee benefits plans and executive compensation arrangements.  This includes counseling clients on compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and securities laws, both in day-to-day administration and in transactions (including mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions).  In the employee benefit plan space, James provides advice on the full lifecycle of a plan, from its inception and administration to its termination.  He also represents clients before the IRS and other government agencies in connection with these matters.  James’s practice also includes advising clients in connection with distressed multiemployer pension plans.

In the executive compensation space, James works with both companies and executives in negotiating employment and separation agreements.  With experience working on both sides, James approaches negotiations with a holistic view of the issues and a focus on reaching an efficient and fair resolution.  He also collaborates with companies in designing and implementing annual and long-term cash and equity incentive compensation programs, and in complying with related securities disclosure obligations. 

James earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Maryland, where he was senior articles editor of the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, and earned his LL.M. in taxation with a certificate in employee benefits from Georgetown University Law Center.