Linda E. Rappaport

Linda Rappaport is a partner and a former Practice Group Leader of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA/Private Client Group as well as a founding member of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities and tax laws, and related corporate governance and regulatory matters. She has broad experience in the design and implementation of executive incentive programs, and in the negotiation and preparation of executive employment contracts and severance arrangements, with particular emphasis on the financial services and entertainment industries. Her practice also encompasses all compensation, benefits and related governance issues associated with corporate acquisitions, divestitures, public offerings, restructurings and bankruptcies.

Ms. Rappaport’s practice has a special concentration on the representation of global, U.S. and non-U.S. companies and their Boards of Directors and Compensation Committees in corporate governance matters, including CEO and senior management succession, executive compensation, SEC disclosure and shareholder engagement. She also represents individual executives of public companies and private enterprises.

Active in lecturing, she is also the author of numerous articles on a variety of corporate governance and executive compensation issues. She has been ranked Band 1 for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: New York in Chambers USA since 2007.

Ms. Rappaport has been a partner of the firm since 1985. She has served 3 terms as an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee through 2014 and has been a member of the firm’s Executive Group. She is also a founding member and adviser of the firm’s Women’s Initiative For Success, Excellence and Retention (“WISER”) as well as a member of its Diversity Committee and the firm’s Hiring Partner. Before joining the firm in 1979, she was a Law Clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden, U.S. District Court of the District of Vermont, from 1978 to 1979.

Selected Experience

  • Advises major financial institutions, such as Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, and major corporations, such as Viacom, ASCAP, Vivendi, McKinsey & Company, Sony Corporation and Universal Music Group in executive compensation, equity compensation and employment-related matters
  • Serves as independent counsel to the Compensation Committees of the Boards of Directors of Wells Fargo Corporation, State Street Corporation and Fannie Mae.
  • Designs carried interest and co-investment programs for executives of asset management firms such as Guggenheim Partners, Credit Suisse and Citigroup Inc.
  • Provides financial institution regulatory advice regarding compensation-related governance practices for industry members such as to Fidelity, Guggenheim, Citigroup and State Street, among others.
  • Represent non-U.S. corporations, such as AXA, Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Nokia, on international share schemes and employment and compensation matters.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1974, magna cum laude
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