Jane Jeffries Jones has represented over 200 companies in executive compensation and corporate matters during her more than 25 years practicing law. She is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group and represents many of the firm’s public securities team (PCAT) public company clients. Jane also has significant experience advising private equity firms, startup companies and other domestic and global companies with respect to executive compensation matters.

Jane’s practice involves advising clients in all areas of executive and director compensation and related corporate governance matters, including the design and implementation of equity-based compensation plans, employment agreements, cash incentive plans, change in control arrangements, severance and separation arrangements, director compensation plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

In addition, Jane advises clients regarding US federal and state securities laws and US federal tax laws related to executive compensation matters. She also advises her clients’ boards of directors and compensation committees regarding corporate law issues related to executive compensation matters, such as director fiduciary duty issues and corporate governance best practices.

In addition, Jane has more than 20 years of experience serving as editor of the firm’s corporate and securities client alerts program.


  • Preparing Proxy Statements Under the SEC’s Enhanced Disclosure Rules Regarding Executive and Director Compensation, Risk Assessment and Corporate Governance Matters, New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.  Co-authors:  Diane J. Fuchs and Elizabeth Carroll Southern (Fall 2010)
  • Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Establishing and Maintaining a Global Stock Option Plan, American Corporate Counsel Association, Top Ten. Co-authors:  Diane J. Fuchs and Gordon Klepper (November 2010)
  • Preparing Proxy Statements under the SEC’s New Rules Regarding Executive and Director Compensation Disclosures, UC Davis School of Law, UC Davis Business Law Journal.  Co-authors:  Diane J. Fuchs and Leigh Johnson (Spring 2007)
  • Preparing the New Disclosures Under the SEC’s Proposals Regarding Executive and Director Compensation, LexisNexis Matthew Bender’s New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (August 2006)

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association; Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals)

Honors and Awards

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Securities Regulation, Corporate Law, 2010 – Present


Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • The merger of two global semiconductor technology companies, including advising regarding implementation and integration of numerous compensation plans and arrangements and monitoring global employee compensation issues.
  • The merger of two Southeastern regional bank holding companies, including implementation and integration of numerous compensation plans and arrangements.
  • The acquisition by an Australian-Canadian public client of a Canadian corporation with US mining operations, including advising regarding equity incentives, employment arrangements and US securities laws matters.
  • C-suite retention, succession and transition matters, including negotiation and preparation of CEO and other senior executive officer employment agreements, severance arrangements and related arrangements for clients in a wide variety of industries, including a leading global provider of technology products, a leading national and international food retailer and wholesaler, a regional consumer finance company, a regional bank holding company and a medical device manufacturer and distributor.
  • The design and implementation of equity-based incentive programs for clients in numerous industries, including one of the nation’s largest producers of construction aggregates, a leading national trucking company and multiple regional banks and technology companies.

Bar admissions

1986, North Carolina


  • J.D., 1986, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • Order of the Barrister
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Jessup International Moot Court Team
  • B.A., 1982, Wake Forest University
    • cum laude
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