Betsy Luxenberg is an associate in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group of the Tax Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Betsy counsels public and private companies on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation issues, with a particular emphasis on issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, such as executive employment agreements, equity compensation arrangements, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, qualified retirement plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefits, as well as health and welfare plans arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Betsy regularly advises clients with issues arising in connection with corporate transactions and day-to-day administration, including compliance matters, merger integrations, employment and severance agreements, retention arrangements, long-term and short-term incentive compensation plans, and change-in-control programs. In particular, Betsy analyzes benefit plans and compensation arrangements for hidden liabilities, including addressing issues relating to sections 409A and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code. She also advises on SEC rules governing executive compensation disclosure and corporate governance matters arising in the executive compensation context.

Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Betsy spent more than five years practicing in employee benefits and executive compensation at another international law firm.



  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award, 2017



  • Key ERISA and Employee Benefits Considerations for Employers and Plan Sponsors in the Wake of Dobbs, Webinar, 08.23.2022



  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater D.C., Board Member, 2019-2021
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Network Event Committee, 2018
  • Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute (GLI), Class Member, 2018

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J.D., George Washington University, 2015

M.A., George Washington University, 2012

B.A., George Washington University, 2011


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
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