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Margaret De Lisser

Washington, D.C.

Margaret De Lisser

For almost 30 years, Margaret de Lisser has worked with companies in a range of industries to allow them to focus and energize their employee talent with the use of skillfully implemented, competitively structured executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements.

Margaret is a solutions-oriented counselor to management and board committees, with comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory landscape impacting compensation and benefits and the ability to distill the information in a way that empowers clients to make smart decisions. No matter the workplace event, whether it is hiring executives, engaging in mergers, acquisitions, or divestitures, or planning executive succession, Margaret partners with clients and their other advisers to achieve the clients' objectives.

Spanning tax to securities law guidance, Margaret adeptly counsels clients on structuring, disclosing, benchmarking, and operating equity-based compensation arrangements, including stock options and stock appreciation rights, restricted stock and stock units, and employee stock purchase plans. Margaret negotiates employment, retention, and severance agreements on behalf of clients when much is at stake. Margaret's areas of focus extend to the design, restructure, and testing of, and fiduciary compliance for, retirement plans and deferred compensation programs. Margaret effectively advocates for clients under audit from the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Labor. Her work is concentrated in the media, hospitality, REIT, and technology spheres, for companies operating across the country.

Margaret joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in 2000 from the San Francisco office of an international firm. She has chaired the firm's pension committee for over 10 years. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Dali Museum.

Representative Experience

Representing Dell Inc. in its going-private transaction.

Representing The McClatchy Company in virtually all compensation and benefits matters for 17 years.

Representing a client in contributing employer real property into its pension plan.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1988
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1984


  • Board Trustee, The Dali Museum
  • Member, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • California


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