Michael Melbinger


Michael Melbinger retired as partner and Chair of Winston & Strawn’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department in 2021. He has nearly four decades of experience in advising boards of directors, compensation committees, and senior executives. He has partnered with boards to address myriad and varied challenges: executive and director compensation, human capital management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, risk and incentive compensation, government and investor relations, indemnification, contract negotiation, succession planning and executive transitions, employee investigations, union and non-union employee pension and health benefit plans, ESG issues, equity and inclusion, taxation and accounting, compensation for multinational employees, and SEC reporting and disclosure.

He lectures extensively on executive and board compensation and is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics. See Melbinger, Executive Compensation (CCH, Third Edition, 2019). He is also on the editorial boards of The Corporate Executive, myNQDC.com and Practical Tax Strategies, and writes "Melbinger's Compensation Blog" for CompensationStandards.com, the first and still most widely read blog on the topic.  Mike was elected as a fellow into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel in 2005, and serves as Chair of the Adjunct Law Professors Committee. Mr. Melbinger graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law. He teaches Executive Compensation.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Taxation

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