John J. Cannon III


John Cannon is a partner in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group and Chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. In his practice, he focuses on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment and tax laws and ERISA. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the employee issues raised in the mergers and acquisitions context. Mr. Cannon joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1994.

Selected Experience

  • Textron Inc. in its acquisition of Beechcraft
  • Lafarge S.A. in the sale of its North American Gypsum business to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds
  • The review committee of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in connection with the “London Whale” matter
  • Management of Cunningham Lindsey in connection with the purchase of control of the company by an affiliate of CVC Capital Partners
  • Yamaha Corporation in its purchase of Line 6, Inc.

Recent Publications

  • “Just Say No: Why Directors Should Avoid Duties That Will Subject Them to ERISA,” Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report, February 20, 2015
  • “In re Trados: Directors Dodge a Bullet,” in Shearman & Sterling LLP Corporate Governance Newsletter, December 2013
  • “Stock Options and Beyond” (with Mark Kessel), Nature Biotechnology 31, 676-680 (2013)


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Harvard College, A.B., 1980


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