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Michael S. Katzke


Michael Katzke is a founding partner of Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP. He counsels chief executive officers and other senior executives, as well as public and private companies and their boards of directors and compensation committees, on a wide range of executive compensation related matters. In over 25 years of practice, Michael has had broad experience in connection with complex compensation negotiations related to mergers and acquisitions and other private and public business combinations, including numerous representations of both private equity funds and senior management in going private transactions.

With respect to individual representations, Michael has represented senior management, key employees and partners in matters involving many corporations and partnerships including AIG, Albemarle, AllianceBernstein, American Express, Apollo Global Management, Authentic Brands, Bank of America, Barclays, BDT & MSD Capital, Biogen, Blackstone, Capital One Bank, Carlyle, Centene, Choice Hotels, Christies, CIT, Citigroup, Constellation Brands, Cowan Financial Group, Deutsche Bank, Dell Technologies, Dropbox, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Family Dollar, Fox Corporation, FTI Consulting, GoldenTree, Goldman Sachs, GSI Commerce, Hearst Corporation, Hellman & Friedman, IAC, iHeart Media, J. Crew, JCPenney, JP Morgan, Lennar, LightSquared, Madison Square Garden, Marsh & McLennan, McGraw Hill, MGM Resorts International, Morgan Stanley, NBA, New York Times Company, NFL, Pamplona Capital Management, Peloton, Permira, Providence Equity Partners, RadioShack, Silver Rock, SoulCycle, StubHub, The Men's Wearhouse, TPG, Valent Pharmaceuticals, Ventas, Vestar Capital Partners, Vista, Voya and WarnerMedia.

Prior to founding Katzke & Morgenbesser, Michael was a partner in the Executive Compensation and Benefits Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and of counsel to the Bachelder Law Firm, an executive compensation boutique. He has written frequently on executive compensation issues for various publications.

Michael has been featured in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Make-A-Wish of Metro New York and the Bonnie Youth Club. Michael and his wife Susan reside in New York City and Sagaponack. They have 18-year old twins, Ethan and Hannah, and are proud University of Michigan parents.


New York University School of Law (J.D., 1984; LL.M Tax, 1988)
State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., 1980, Phi Beta Kappa)

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New York State, 1985