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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2556

Merril A. Keane


Merril A. Keane’s practice covers general business transactions, international business and trade, tax, and compensation-related matters.

She advises clients on formation and governance of business entities and a wide variety of business contracts, including confidentiality, consulting, manufacturing, supply, and agency and distribution agreements. In the area of education, Merril advises clients on multiparty collaboration agreements, general business contracts, and education-specific tax matters such as tuition remission and structuring retirement incentives.

Merril frequently counsels clients—both for-profit and nonprofit organizations—on a variety of executive compensation matters, including employment agreements, severance arrangements, equity plans, and other incentive compensation. She also advises on other fringe benefit arrangements, worker classification, and employment tax withholding and reporting requirements.

Merril’s international experience includes import and export advice and advising clients on international sales. Merril speaks and reads Chinese, and also assists clients in navigating business transactions and regulatory matters in China. 

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Representative Experience

Prepare qualified Code Section 127 educational assistance program for higher education employer, and advise on qualified tuition reduction under Code Section 117.
Prepare and review numerous executive employment agreements for public, private, and tax-exempt clients, including assistance with compliance under Sections 409A and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Prepare international supply, manufacturing, private-label, agency, and distribution agreements for a wide variety of clients in industries including food, wood products, heavy equipment, medical devices, and technology.
Advise for-profit and nonprofit (including educational) organizations on structuring and documenting long-term collaborative relationships, including collaboration between public school system, university, and private service providers.
Assist public, private, and tax-exempt clients in the review, design, and preparation of deferred compensation arrangements, including early retirement incentives, window programs, supplemental executive retirement plans, long-term incentive plans, change in control plans, severance plans, phantom share plans, equity incentive plans, and other deferred compensation arrangements.