Michael S. Melbinger

Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP

Michael S. Melbinger

Michael S. Melbinger

Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP

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Michael S. Melbinger, Partner

Mike Melbinger is the lead partner and global head of Winston & Strawn’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. Mr. Melbinger works out of the firm’s Chicago office and practices exclusively in the area of executive compensation and employee retirement benefit issues for corporations, boards of directors, partnerships, executives, and fiduciaries.

Mr. Melbinger has worked extensively on designing and implementing stock and non-stock based executive compensation and benefit programs for public and private companies (including start-up ventures). He has designed and drafted employment contracts, severance agreements, parachute agreements, and a variety of executive compensation arrangements. He advises boards of directors, compensation committees, and senior executives and legal departments in these matters.

Mr. Melbinger also has extensive experience with the design, operation, and auditing of employers’ ESOP, pension, and 401(k) plans. He has extensive experience advising fiduciaries in the proper discharge of their duties and establishing structures and strategies to protect fiduciaries and plan sponsors from liability for investment and other benefit plan decisions.

Mr. Melbinger also handles the compensation and benefits aspects of change-in-control, corporate lending, initial public offering, and bankruptcy transactions and certain compensation and benefit plan litigation matters.

His representative clients include American Dental Association, The Boeing Company, BGC Holdings (Cantor Fitzgerald), Challenge Mfg. Company, Discover Financial Services, The Financial Services Roundtable, FNB Corporation, FreightCar America, Fuel Tech Inc., IPG Photonics, Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Lawson Products, Lincoln Electric Holdings, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings USA, Maximus Inc., Metropolitan Bank Corp., Nalco Company, Neurowave Technologies, Security Benefit Corporation, Shaw Holdings, SkyPeople Fruit Juice, SPX Corporation, and Utilities, Inc.

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Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1983

The University of Illinois College of Law provides a rigorous course of study, an engaging and exceptional faculty, and an active and diverse student body. The diversity of the student body is evident in nearly 40 student organizations, based on interests and backgrounds including scholarly, service, social, political, ethnic, religious, and societal issues. The University of Illinois and the larger Champaign-Urbana community offer exceptional arts, music, entertainment, Big Ten Conference athletics, a lively nightlife, and one of the nation's most ethnically and internationally diverse campuses.

B.A.
Class of 1980

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice
Current

Winston & Strawn LLP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include antitrust & trade regulations, employment & labor relations, intellectual property, taxation & trusts, and estates. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Adjunct Professor of Law
Current

The University of Illinois College of Law provides a rigorous course of study, an engaging and exceptional faculty, and an active and diverse student body. The diversity of the student body is evident in nearly 40 student organizations, based on interests and backgrounds including scholarly, service, social, political, ethnic, religious, and societal issues. The University of Illinois and the larger Champaign-Urbana community offer exceptional arts, music, entertainment, Big Ten Conference athletics, a lively nightlife, and one of the nation's most ethnically and internationally diverse campuses.

Adjunct Professor of Law
Current

The Northwestern University School of Law is an elite, private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the North Side's Streeterville, it is one of the twelve constituent schools of Northwestern University. The law school was founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law of the Old University of Chicago. The first law school established in Chicago, it became jointly controlled by Northwestern University in 1873 and fully incorporated into Northwestern in 1891. Northwestern Law is a member of the "T-14" law schools, a prestigious group of 14 schools that have national recognition.

Boards & Committees
Member, Retirement Committee
Current

Winston & Strawn LLP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include antitrust & trade regulations, employment & labor relations, intellectual property, taxation & trusts, and estates. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member, Dean's Advisory Board
Current

The University of Illinois College of Law provides a rigorous course of study, an engaging and exceptional faculty, and an active and diverse student body. The diversity of the student body is evident in nearly 40 student organizations, based on interests and backgrounds including scholarly, service, social, political, ethnic, religious, and societal issues. The University of Illinois and the larger Champaign-Urbana community offer exceptional arts, music, entertainment, Big Ten Conference athletics, a lively nightlife, and one of the nation's most ethnically and internationally diverse campuses.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Financial Support provided to educators in IL Dist. #34 with education grants.The primary grant-making activity of the Glenview Eduation Foundation is the Educator Developement Grants. These Grants are intended to support teachers at various stagges of the inquiry process as they seek to implement new ideas in their classrooms.

Political Donations
$200
2006

Former Senator from Illinois

$1,000
1999

Former President of United States

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Prophet Equity LLC purchases Total Plastics, Inc. from A.M. Castle & Co.

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Metalmark Capital LLC, Waud Capital Partners LLC, Maxum Petroleum Holdings, Inc. purchase Maxum Enterprises LLC

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Nokia Corporation purchases Here Holding Corp.

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