Allison Wilkerson is a partner with K&L Gates' Benefits, ESOPs and Executive Compensation Group and is a nationally recognized ESOP and ERISA attorney. Allison's ERISA practice focuses on compliance issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code with respect to employee benefit, including qualified plans, nonqualified plans, and executive and deferred compensation. Her practice involves advising employers on the design, implementation, and administration of tax qualified retirement plans and nonqualified retirement plans (including employee stock option plans, management incentive plans, and executive and deferred compensation plans), providing guidance as to administrative and operational matters relating to such plans, and assisting in plan correction through various benefit plan correction programs offered by both the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service. She also focuses on the design and implementation of ESOP transactions and providing ongoing legal counsel to ESOP owned companies. She has extensive experience in ESOPs and has been involved in hundreds of ESOP transactions including leveraged buy-outs, mergers, acquisitions, and the structuring and financing of ESOPs using private equity.