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John A. Nixon

Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

John A. Nixon practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. He represents plan sponsors, executives and product providers in a range of issues, including: federal tax requirements for governmental and private sector pension, retirement and equity plans; executive employment and separation negotiations; trustee fiduciary duties under ERISA and state laws (for governmental plans); and 409A and 457(f) compliance for nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. He also represents plan sponsors before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor in determination letter applications, plan audits and corrective procedures under IRS and DOL remedial programs.

Mr. Nixon is a nationally recognized lecturer, commentator and author on executive compensation and employee benefits issues. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the nation’s top attorneys (Employee Benefits & Compensation) and has been named in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Mr. Nixon is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (“NAPPA”) where he serves as Chair of the NAPPA Tax Section. He also serves as an Executive in Residence at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. 


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.S., Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania