Michelle L.C. Carpenter

Michelle Carpenter is a partner in the Tax Department of Latham & Watkins’ Los Angeles office. Ms. Carpenter focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. She advises on a broad range of compensation arrangements and benefit plans in a variety of industries, with extensive experience working with real estate investment trusts.

Ms. Carpenter represents public and private companies and her practice focuses on:

  • Counseling on employee benefits and compensation aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings, IPOs, spin-offs and other corporate transactions   
  • Structuring various types of executive compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, separation / severance agreements, equity compensation arrangements and deferred compensation programs   
  • Preparing executive compensation disclosures for proxy statements and other securities filings   
  • Counseling on tax, securities, ERISA and corporate law issues as they relate to executive compensation and employee benefits arrangements   

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Carpenter served as an extern for Judge Gary Allen Feess in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Ms. Carpenter is fluent in Swedish.