Marla J. Aspinwall is a partner in the Executive Compensation practice group in the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb LLP. Marla has spent the past twenty-five years working with employers and compensation consultants across the country to design innovative ways to provide incentive, equity, deferred compensation, life and disability benefits to highly compensated executives. Recently she has been active in crafting employment agreements and other compensation and benefit arrangements to comply with the extensive new deferred compensation, tax, securities, and accounting rules discussed in this book.
Her expertise combines aspects of tax, ERISA, insurance, labor, securities, and bankruptcy law to uniquely qualify her to help employers and compensation consultants structure innovative compensation packages for upper management. She has worked for many years with members of the insurance industry to structure the most effective insurance funded compensation and benefit arrangements. She is experienced at structuring compensation arrangements for all types of taxable and non-taxable entities, and frequently represents companies and executives in the negotiation of compensation arrangements in numerous industries.
Marla is a popular speaker at the USC Tax Institute, the NYU Tax Institute, the Western Pension & Benefits Association, and various industry groups. She is an active member of the American Bar Association and the California State and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. She has authored white papers on the application of the Social Security Tax Rules Applicable to Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements and the Application of Section 409A to the Entertainment Industry presented by Washington DC Delegations of the California State and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. She co-authored the Matthew Bender pamphlet Critical Issues in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Compensation Committee. As a member of the Nonqualified Benefits Committee of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), Marla has been actively involved in lobbying efforts to influence and comment upon the recent legislative and regulatory developments as they apply to nonqualified deferred compensation and insurance funded compensation arrangements.