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Perry, Allison K.
Allison K. Perry
Senior Counsel
P: +1.713.221.1334
F: +1.713.437.5384

Michelle Newton


Allison Perry counsels clients in matters involving executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, employment agreements, severance arrangements, change in control agreements, equity-based compensation arrangements, deferred compensation arrangements, incentive compensation arrangements, welfare benefit plans, and other fringe benefit arrangements. Ms. Perry’s practice focuses on  a variety of corporate and tax issues that are incident to the design, implementation, administration and sponsorship of employee benefit and executive compensation arrangements, including nondiscrimination requirements, issues related to contributions and distributions, plan amendments to comply with current tax law, determination letter filings, voluntary compliance program submissions and the implications of Sections 162(m), 409A, and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code. Ms. Perry also provides advice regarding compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) including fiduciary duties in plan administration and termination, disclosure and filing requirements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, and avoidance of prohibited transactions.

A significant portion of Ms. Perry's practice also focuses on legal issues relating to compensation and benefits in mergers, acquisitions and other similar public and private company transactions. Ms. Perry has also represented clients with respect to their plans before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor.

Representative Matters

Lead representation of seller in all benefits-related aspects of $158 million transaction, including negotiations and drafting of purchase agreement related to defined benefit plan and retiree medical liability, executive compensation and other employee benefits matters

In $12.1 billion purchase of a public company, representation of buyer in structuring and negotiation of executive and key employee compensation and benefits packages and preparation of disclosures for SEC filings

Representation of energy company in connection with its $142.5 million acquisition by way of merger of an electric company, including termination of employee stock ownership plan

Representation of a large energy corporation in its $2 billion sale of its interests in a limited partnership, including analysis of potential 2800 issues and extensive negotiations related to provision of transition services and employee secondment

Advising investment committees for 401(k) and pension plans in developing and implementing appropriate investment policies and procedures and advising clients with respect to investment-related issues and general fiduciary standards and best practices

Execution of plan terminations for single employer plans and plan withdrawals from multiple employer plans

Negotiation of settlement agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

Representation of individual executives in the negotiation of employment agreements and long term incentive arrangements

Review and amendment of employment and severance agreements for compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code

Advising clients on the preparation of employee forms and notices, including with respect to the implementation of stock fund limitations, diversification rights, automatic enrollment programs, qualified default investment alternatives and safe harbor requirements

Advising clients on legal issues applicable to medical, disability and other welfare plans, including compliance with HIPAA, COBRA and other federal and state laws


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2003
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Bar Admissions



State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association