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Jessica W. Catlow


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Jessica has a strong, multidimensional employment practice. Companies and senior executives rely on her to draft and negotiate executive compensation packages, including in connection with mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. In addition, Jessica works with employers to mitigate their risks and ensure their compliance with state and federal employment laws. Jessica takes an entrepreneurial approach to her work. She is deeply invested in her clients and tenacious in her pursuit of the best possible result in every legal matter.

Jessica represents both companies and senior executives in drafting and negotiating executive compensation arrangements in a variety of contexts, including of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and private equity financing.

Jessica regularly structures deferred compensation arrangements, performance bonus plans, and equity-based compensation plans to comply with employment, corporate, tax, employee benefits, and securities laws in corporate transactions and in the ordinary course of on-going company representation.

Jessica also has extensive expertise in risk mitigation, counseling and training regarding employment practices. She is experienced in representing employers through all phases of litigation before federal and state courts in connection with claims for violation of state and federal antidiscrimination and wage laws, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.


  • Rutgers University (JD)
  • New York University (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: New York (Up and Coming) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2016 – 2017)
  • Chambers USA: New York (Associate to Watch) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2015)
  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Employee Benefits List (2014)


  • Member, Board of Directors of Terraform ONE, Inc.


The IRS announced at recent bar association meeting that it is commencing a formal compliance initiative program (CIP) of selected employers and their deferred compensation arrangements that are subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
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We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants.
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It seems like every day there is a new case highlighting novel and evolving issues employers confront when people disclose information via social media. The latest example involves a hapless college-age daughter in Florida that caused her father to forfeit his settlement payment from a former employer because she announced the settlement on Facebook.
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Uber employees?

January 29, 2014 | Blog

Market disrupters always make news. Uber, which claims to be a tech company, created a smart-phone application that connects drivers of “black cars”, or livery cars, with passengers, and processes the payment with the passenger’s pre-registered credit card, all in exchange for 20% of the fare.
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WARN Liability: Who’s in Control?

December 24, 2013 | Blog

Last month, we wrote about Young v. Fortis Plastics, where an Indiana District Court found that a private equity firm could be on the hook for the WARN Act liabilities of one of its portfolio companies under the “single employer” doctrine.
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When an employer requires an employee to move his or her primary residence to work, or continue working, for the employer, oftentimes the employer, as an inducement for the employee to accept the offer employment or continue employment, will agree to pay for some or all of the employee’s “relocation costs.”
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In the world of private equity, vast sums of money are raised by private investors who pool their money into collective funds in order to acquire companies, i.e., a “portfolio company”, with the goal of eventually flipping the portfolio company at a significant profit.
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My colleagues, Tom Greene and Jessica Catlow, have published an alert pertaining to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (Section 409A), which regulates the payment of non-qualified deferred compensation (including that provided through severance agreements) and imposes penalties for non-compliance.
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Pay for the Chief: The Shareholders Speak Out

April 24, 2012 | Blog | By Martha Zackin

On April 18, 55% of Citibank’s voting shareholders refused to approve the compensation plan for Citibank’s top five executives, including its Chief Executive Officer.
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News & Press

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Firm plays a key role in the largest health care acquisition to date in 2020.
Jessica Catlow, an Employment, Labor & Benefits Member, is featured in this Society for Human Resource Management article on recent legislation banning questions about salary history in job interviews and what it may mean for greater pay equality.
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”
Thirteen attorneys from Mintz have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2014 and eleven have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.