Donald S. Kohla


Atlanta, Georgia

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 four 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 recently 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;

– Served as the chairman of a committee responsible for the management of over $300 million in 401(k) plan assets;

– 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 for over three decades at a well-recognized international law firm headquartered in Atlanta, where in 1974 he was one of the founding members of its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group.


  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference, Former President
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The ESOP Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • Best Lawyers in America®
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Practice Areas

  • Benefit Plan Investments in Private Equity Funds
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Non-Profit
  • Tax


  • New York University, LLM, Taxation
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, JD, with honors
  • Harvard University, AB, cum laude


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