Robert J. Lichtenstein


    Robert J. Lichtenstein is the leader of Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and the leader of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Interdisciplinary Practice Group.

    Mr. Lichtenstein’s clients include those in the retail, financial, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. He provides counseling on all facets of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including equity and incentive compensation plans, employment arrangements, ERISA, qualified retirement plans, and pension and profit-sharing plans, as well as litigating employee benefit claims and disputes.

    Mr. Lichtenstein also has experience in matters involving ESOPs, federal tax law, and representations before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, as well as in general business counseling. He designs and helps clients implement executive compensation programs, equity compensation plans such as stock option plans and tax-qualified retirement plans. He has experience in the context of private equity buyouts of both public and non-public companies, having on numerous occasions represented the management team, as well as private equity investors. Representative transactions include his representation of management in leveraged buy-out transactions ranging from $100 million to over $25 billion.

    Mr. Lichtenstein is the former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Employee Benefits and Pension Committees and a current member of the American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee. He is listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and in Philadelphia Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Philadelphia".


  • B.S. 1969 Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania
  • J.D. 1973 University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • LL.M. 1974 New York University School of Law

Courses and Seminars

  • Employee Benefits

Important:  Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014

Tax Research and Writing (LTX-3228)  and Law Governing Tax Practice (LTX-5000)  have been consolidated to create a new course  LTX-5005 Professional Responsibility of Tax Practitioners. This new required course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  LTX-3228 and LTX-5000 will no longer be offered.  For students matriculating prior to Fall 2014: If you have already taken either LTX-3228  or LTX-5000, you are not required to take this new course.  If you have previously taken Law Governing Tax Practice, you simply select another elective course in order to meet your course requirements.

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Phone Numbers
Office: 610-519-7043 or
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FAX: 610-519-8018

Office Hours
Spring and Fall:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 8:15 PM, F until 5 PM

M-Th 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, F until 12 PM

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure the information displayed on this page is accurate. However, the information contained herein is not to be considered official.  Changes may be made to courses and curriculum requirements.