James Deets
Senior Director
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20+ years of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits
Substantial experience assisting with compensation and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions
Nonqualified and qualified plan compliance consulting and corrections
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When dealing with benefits issues, it is important to get it right the first time, as the cost of correction often far outweighs the cost of compliance.
James A. Deets is a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC in Dallas. He specializes in executive compensation, employee benefits and qualified retirement plans and has served as a consulting expert on employee benefits issues within the context of bankruptcy proceedings.

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Deets’ expertise includes qualified plans, such as nondiscrimination and other qualification issues, compliance and correction of plan defects. He has significant experience in health and welfare plans, including PPACA, FMLA, HIPAA and COBRA issues, cafeteria plans, retiree welfare benefits, VEBA trusts, severance plans and multiemployer welfare plans. Mr. Deets advises clients on plans related to executive compensation, nonqualified and stock, employee stock purchase, performance bonus and incentive, split dollar life insurance and top-hat.

He has managed the benefits and executive compensation components of mergers and acquisitions, including the applicability and impact of the golden parachute rules. Mr. Deets has garnered considerable experience in ERISA litigation matters involving benefit claims, fiduciary breaches, subrogation/reimbursement and preemption issues.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Deets was Counsel in the Dallas office of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he focused his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation.

Mr. Deets earned a law degree with honors from the Baylor University Law School, where he served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Baylor Law Review. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Baylor University.

Mr. Deets is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Hospice of Texas and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Southwestern Benefits Association, DallasHR and the Dallas Bar Association.