Allison Wilkerson - McDermott Will & Emery


Allison Wilkerson focuses her practice on employee benefits matters. She has extensive experience handling issues pertaining to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

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  • Advised an ESOP trustee on the purchase of a $270 million company consisting of a group of hospitals from an individual seller and multiple private equity warrant holders
  • Advises a public telecommunications company on the design and administration of multiple nonqualified deferred compensation plans
  • Advises a public beverage manufacturing company on employee benefit matters relating to an IRS audit of multiple qualified retirement plans

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2015 to 2024, including 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Chambers USA, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Band 2, 2020 to 2023
  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2019, 2021 to 2023
  • Super Lawyers


  • ESOP Association Public Policy Council, member
  • ESOP Association, director of the Southwest Chapter, and associate member of the Legislative & Regulatory Advisory Committee


University of Texas School of Law, JD, with honors, 2002
Baylor University, BBA, 1999