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  1. Employment: 50%
    35 years
  2. Contracts: 30%
    30 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    40 years

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP

One World Financial Center
New York, NY, 10281


NYCurrently registered 197703/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer Employment LawSuperLawyers2014
Employment LawSuperLawyers2014
Top 20 in Employee Benefits and ERISAHuman Resources Professional2013
Super Lawyer, Employment LawSuper Lawyers2013
Top 20 Employee Benefits & ERISA Lawyers 2011Human Resources Executive2012
Top 20 in Employee Benefits and ERISAHuman Resources Professional2012
Super Lawyer, Employment LawSuper Lawyers2010
100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in AmericaHuman Resource Executive Magazine2009
Super Lawyer, Employment LawSuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyer, Employment LawSuper Lawyers2008
Super Lawyer, Employment LawSuper Lawyers2007
Top 20 in a Employee Benefits and IHuman Resources ExecutiveN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chairman of Executive Compensation and Employee BenefitsCadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP2013 - Present
PartnerKatten Muchin Rosenman, LLP2008 - 2013
Managing Partner, New York CityMcCarter & English, LLP2004 - 2008
Founding PartnerEckhaus & Olson1987 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
World Justice Project 2011Contributing Expert, Rule of Law Index2011 - Present
Cornell University Library Advisory CouncilCouncil Member2009 - Present
University of Caifornia at Hastings Law School, Center for WorkLife LawAdvisory Board2005 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Wall Street JournalProfiled in The Wall Street Journal -- "Wall Street Lawyer: Don't Blame Pay"2011
Inside the Minds (Thomson Reuters, Aspatore Books) Recent Changes in Employee Benefits and Executive CompensationNegotiating C-Level Employment Agreements After The Rescue2010
Wall Street Journal"Biig Pay Packages Return to Wall Street" (quoted) July 2, 20092009
Reuters"Wall Street Pay Disclosure Looms as Flash Point" (quoted) Aug 24, 20092009
New York Times"McCann Settles Lawsuit Against Bank of America" (quoted) Oct 1, 20092009
Bloomberg"My client, Robert McCann can go back to work in late October and he looks forward to his future" quoted in "Ex-Merrill Brokerage Head Ends Bank of America Suit" Oct 1, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsTreasury Unveils Public-Private Investment Program for Legacy Assets March 18, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsFederal Reserve Launches TALF, Removes Executive Compensation Limits and Revises Terms March 3, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsTreasury’s New Capital Assistance Program to “Stress Test” and Provide Billions to Banks Client Advisories and Bulletins February 26, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsStimulus Act Expands Executive Compensation Restrictions for TARP Recipients February 12, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsFederal Reserve and Treasury Provide TALF Pricing, Haircuts and Other Further Revised Terms Client Advisories and Bulletins February 10, 20092009
Client Advisories and BulletinsTreasury Department Unveils New Financial Stability Plan January 27, 20092009
Law 360Q&A With Katten's Steven Eckhaus2009
Client Publications and BulletinsTreasury Releases Additional Executive Compensation Guidance for TARP Capital Purchase Program October 15, 20082008
Wall Street JournalSteven Eckhaus Quoted in Wall Street Journal on the Impact of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act on Executive Pay June 12, 20082008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Cornell UniversityI&LRBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wall Street Women Forum, NYC, May 11, 2011Negotiating Your Employment Agreement2011
ALI-ABA, Current Developments in Employment Law: The Obama Years at Mid-Term, Santa Fe, NM, July 28-30, 2011Emerging Trends in Executive Pay2011
Wall Street Women Forum. Regent Atlantic. 10 On The Park, Time Warner Center, NYC, May 12, 2010Where The Jobs Are: How To Get Them and How To Keep Them.2010
NYS Society of CPA's -- CFO's Controllers and Financial Executives, Helmsley New York, NYC, June 17, 2010Recent Legal Developments in Employment Law and Executive Compensation2010
Executive Pay - Caldwell International, Links Club, NYC, May 13, 2010"Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Hit" -What You Need To Know About Executive Compensation Or Stay Down For The Count2010
"Crisis Management For Hedge Funds and Managers" Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. New York CityEmployment Management - Are You a Buyer or a Seller?2009
Sun Yat Sen University,Guangzhou, China. "Incentive Compensation Workshop"The Effect of Incentive Compensation Plan Design on the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis2008
Post-Employment Restrictions - Infovest, Cornell Club, NYCNotice, Garden Leave and Restrictive Covenants2008
Financial Women's Association. "Executive Compensation Roundtable"Everything You Wanted To Know About Negotiating Employment Agreements But Were Afraid To Ask2008
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Marathon WeekendIt's Not Your Father's Incentive Compensation: Modern Elements of Executive Pay"2008
Shenzen Stock Exchange, Guangzhou Venture Capital Association; South China University:"Incentive Compensation Workshop"Incentive Compensation Plans2007
Fudan University, Shanghai, China. "Executive Compensation Workshop"Executive Compensation and Incentive Compensation Plans2007
Executive Compensation Briefing- Sanford BernsteinNegotiating the CEO's Employment Agreement2007
"Negotiating Employment Agreements" Sanford BernsteinElements of Employment Agreements2006
Feminism's New Frontier, The Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkThe Legal and Policy Implications of Valuing Caregiving at Home and in the Workplace2004
Everyone has a plan until they get hitThe effect of the Volcker AmendmentN/A