John Hendrickson focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. He has served as counsel to clients large and small, taxable and tax-exempt, including several large multinational corporations, with regard to all aspects of their employee benefit and executive compensation programs. He is known for his creative solutions and a common sense approach to solving client problems. He has extensive experience designing and implementing innovative incentive compensation plans, providing comprehensive assistance in the context of business transitions and counseling client boards and management on effectively managing their benefit programs and minimizing fiduciary risk. For the last eight and a half years, John was the partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Compensation Committee.


  • Represented a Fortune 150 company in the restructuring of its $500 million employee stock ownership plan, resulting in $850 million long-term cost savings to the company
  • Represented a Fortune 200 company in the conversion of more than $450 million in convertible preferred stock held by its employee stock ownership and 401(k) plan
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in the design and implementation of employee benefits and executive compensation benefits for a $11 billion high-end consumer products public spin-off

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  • Chambers USA 2008-2010
  • The National Law Journal
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013 to 2020, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law


University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, 1980
South Dakota State University, BS, 1977


John P. Hendrickson, PC

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