Gregory C. Schick is a partner in the Tax, Employee Benefits and Estate Planning Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.

Areas of Practice

Gregory's practice focuses primarily in the executive compensation, tax and corporate securities laws, and corporate governance areas.

Gregory advises both publicly traded and privately held companies as well as individual clients. He negotiates, prepares and reviews equity compensation and change of control plans/agreements, Rule 10b5-1 trading plans along with proxy statements, prospectuses, and other filings required by the 1933/1934 Securities Acts and the national stock exchanges. This includes advising on tax laws, such as Internal Revenue Code Sections 162(m), 280G, 409A governing compensation deduction limitations, golden parachutes, and nonqualified deferred compensation, respectively, and on federal/state securities laws including reporting, disclosure and registration requirements. Gregory also counsels executive management and boards on executive compensation and benefits issues arising in the context of mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, initial public offerings, and other significant corporate transactions. He has appeared as an expert witness in civil litigation.

Gregory regularly represents senior level executives and companies in employment and separation agreement matters and management teams in charge of control transactions. He writes and speaks extensively on executive compensation related issues and authored a portfolio for The Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BBNA) titled, "Executive Employment Agreements."

Gregory has created and developed numerous quantitative models to analyze, among other things, golden parachutes, personal aircraft use and other executive compensation arrangements. His experience also includes working in corporate business development where he participated in creating business plans, private placement offerings, deal structuring and in developing several high-tech international start-up initiatives.



Recipient, Arthur Andersen & Co. Prize in Taxation

Top Ten Oral Advocate in the David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition



Executive Compensation Blog Posts

Corporate & Securities Law Blog

Speaking Engagements

  • Emerging Growth Company Webinar: Stock Options and Other Equity Compensation Arrangements for Start-Up Companies, May 2014, October 2011, January 2010
  • Young Presidents' Organization (YPO)/World Presidents' Organization (WPO): Executive Compensation and Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements, November 2010
  • Directors Roundtable: The Challenge of Executive Compensation Under the New SEC Rules, March 2006
  • The New Challenges for Private Company Stock Options, November 2005




Member, State Bar of California (Business Law and Labor and Employment Law sections)

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

Member, Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Honor Society for Economics

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J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, 1995

M.A., Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, with honors


  • California
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