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J. Mark Poerio

Senior Counsel, Employment Law Department
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Mark Poerio is a senior counsel in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, and co-chairs its Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA practice. For more than 25 years, Mr. Poerio has been in private practice with a focus on executive compensation, employee benefit, and fiduciary matters, especially from a business, governance, tax, securities, and litigation perspective.

Mark also teaches at Georgetown Law – with one course having focused on executive compensation and governance, and the other having focused on the design of benefit plans and employment-related agreements. Associated with this, he maintains websites that regularly provide updates about new developments (see re executive compensation, and re employee benefits).

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Global Executive Compensation: Mobile Executives” and “Innovations in Wellness Programs” (Annual Conference, American Benefits Council and IBIS, Prague, 2013 May).
  • U.S. Executive Compensation Litigation: Cannons to the Right . . . and to the Left” (International Pension Lawyer,, April 2013)
  • What Private Equity Managers Need to Know to Limit Their ERISA Obligations for Portfolio Company Pension Plans” (Bloomberg BNA, Nov. 2012).
  • Candor for Compensation Committees” (Corporate Board Member, 11/2011)
  • Crossing the Pond in Search of Better Executive Compensation Practices” (Corporate Governance Advisor, 3/10/2011)
  • Executive Pay and Loyalty: From Velvet Fist to Iron Glove” (Corporate Governance Advisor, 1/2010)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Benefits Council – Executive Board Member
  • American College of Employee Benefit Counsel – Board Member and Vice-Chair (formerly Treasurer).
  • Georgetown Law School --Adjunct Professor
  • Maryland Association of Social Service Boards -- Past Vice-Chair and Head of Legislative Committee; Pro bono Counsel for federal tax matters since 2004.
  • MASSB Foundation -- Founder and Trustee (raising funds for social services involving child protection and family preservation).


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1984 (cum laude)
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1980 (cum laude)