Mark Welker

Partner | Husch Blackwell LLP

Mark’s accomplishments in the area of benefits include more than 100 successful ESOP transactions since 1986. With deep experience in the creation and operation of employee stock ownership plans, deferred, equity, and non-equity incentive compensation, employee retirement plans, and health and welfare plans, he is considered a national go-to advisor on essential benefit and compensation matters.
Mark holds a J.D. from Drake University Law School and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law each year since 1995 including being named as Kansas City Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year,” in 2014. Mark has also been recognized for his legal work by Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. He frequently writes and is invited to speak on related topics.


This session will discuss whether an ESOP is the best business succession planning tool for a company. We will provide an overview of an ESOP, why a company might or might not want one, and tax/ More

ESOPs are a unique type of qualified retirement plan. This unique aspect of owning and leveraging employer shares brings about unique tax consequences. This session will review tax rules specific More