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Jane Armstrong practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, with over 30 years of experience in the area. Her practice includes representation of private and public employers in the design, implementation and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans and ESOPs, and representation of plan fiduciaries. She represents boards and compensation committees of public companies and not-for-profit entities in executive compensation matters. She also structures non-qualified deferred compensation and equity incentive arrangements for both private and public companies, and represents employers and executives in employment agreements, severance and golden parachute agreements and arrangements. Ms. Armstrong is recognized as a national speaker in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation and was also the first woman to participate in firm-wide management, serving on the firm’s operation committee. 

Before joining the firm, Ms. Armstrong was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, in New York, New York, and a partner at Jones, Walker, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 100%

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Phelps Dunbar

Canal Place
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA, 70130-6534


LAEligible to practice law198211/03/2015
NYCurrently registered 198003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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ListedLouisiana Super LawyersN/A
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ListedChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessN/A
New Orleans Top LawyersNew Orleans MagazineN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Employee Benefits CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Executive Compensation SubcommitteeMemberN/A
National Association of Stock Plan ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Louisiana State Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Southwest Benefits AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
eLABORateAnother Provision of Healthcare Refore Delayed2013
eLABORateKey Health Care Reform Provision Delayed2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
San Diego State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
43rd Annual Estate Planning SeminarBeneficiary Designations2013
Louisiana State Conference on Human ResoucesERISA Fiduciaries: What Plan Sponsors Need to Know2012
Department of Labor, National ConferenceDOL Enforcement Initiatives2008
Fall Technical ConferenceEmployment and Severance Agreements Under Code Section 409A2007
Annual Technical ConferenceCash Balance Plans Under the Pension Protection Act2006