Donald Kohla, Employee Benefits, Executive Agreement Attorney

Donald S. Kohla

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If I were a client, I’d really appreciate the fact that at Taylor English the person I e-mailed or called actually would do my work and would prepare my bills – which would mean that there would be a degree of accountability to me at Taylor English that I simply could not get at other large law firms.

Don Kohla is one of the founding members of Taylor English’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department. 

Mr. Kohla has been focused for more than three decades on employee benefit and executive compensation matters, and his experience helps his clients, whether they are publicly traded or privately held, taxable or tax exempt, or even an individual executive, zero in on creative but workable alternatives to address their particular issues. For example, he has done the following:

  • Designed and drafted a wide range of employee benefit plans, including equity compensation plans, executive-deferred compensation plans and change-in-control plans;
  • Negotiated and drafted executive-employment agreements and severance packages;
  • Represented compensation committees as well as committees that are responsible for investment decisions for the investment of the assets of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans;
  • Participated in public and private company merger and acquisition transitions, providing advice on such diverse issues as golden parachute taxes, stock option assumptions and cancellations, employee benefit plan consolidations, and spinoffs and transition services agreements;
  • Advised clients on health care compliance issues, including Obamacare and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) issues; and
  • Successfully represented clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC).

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Kohla was a partner at an international corporate law firm headquartered in Atlanta, where he was one of the founding members of its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group.


Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

The Florida Bar

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Southern Employee Benefits Conference, Former President

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University of Florida, Levin College of Law, JD, with honors, 1972

New York University, LLM, Taxation, 1973

Harvard University, AB, cum laude, 1964

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Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America® 1987-2020

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2011, 2013-2019