Arash counsels clients on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters.
Arash counsels clients on complex employee benefits, executive compensation, and related tax matters. His practice primarily focuses on designing and implementing benefit programs and executive compensation arrangements (including stock and non-stock based executive compensation), drafting employment contracts and parachute agreements, and providing guidance with respect to the compliance of qualified plans and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.
Before joining Michael Best, Arash advised private equity and public company clients on the benefit/compensation aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings within the U.S. and cross-border, at a global accounting firm. Specifically, he provided guidance on the benefit and tax aspects of executive compensation and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, structuring partnership profit interests as management incentives, and complicated 162(m) and 280G issues. He also helped clients navigate tax issues arising from bankruptcies and restructuring.
While in law school, Arash served as an extern with the United States Trustee component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where he reviewed and analyzed financial reports, disclosures, and bankruptcy petitions, and assisted with drafting complaints and objections to fraudulent bankruptcy petitions. Additionally, Arash volunteered as a student attorney for Emory University’s Veteran’s Law Clinic.
Before pursuing his education and law career, Arash served in the United States Army as a Team Leader and Combat Engineer. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves while completing his undergraduate studies.