Casey D. Knapp


Casey D. Knapp partners with complex and sophisticated clients to provide business-focused, strategic advice related to the design and implementation of competitive executive compensation and employee benefit programs.

Casey has extensive experience advising clients on equity incentive plans, navigating Code Section 409A issues, negotiating executive employment agreements, structuring stay and retention bonuses, and advising companies on executive compensation issues in the context of change in control transactions. Casey also provides strategic counseling on complex 401(k) plan issues, including advice related to implementing student loan matching contribution programs, integrating plans following a change in control transaction, addressing issues specific to private equity portfolio companies, and complying with evolving IRS and DOL correction programs.

Her clients regularly remark that they appreciate Casey’s practical, creative, and business-focused approach.

Executive Compensation

Casey’s work in the executive compensation area includes assisting clients with the design and implementation of equity incentive plans, phantom stock plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and executive employment and severance agreements. She also regularly advises clients on the application of applicable tax rules, including Internal Revenue Code sections 409A and 280G.

Representative Experience: Last year, Casey counseled more than 100 privately held companies on the strategic design and implementation of their equity incentive arrangements, phantom stock plans, sophisticated bonus plans, and executive employment agreements. Most of this work has been for private equity portfolio companies in various industries.

Retirement Plans

Casey’s work with qualified retirement plans includes assisting clients with the design and implementation of 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, and pension plans. She frequently advises clients about compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) rules, Internal Revenue Code rules, the Internal Revenue Service’s and Department of Labor’s formal and informal correction programs, and tax consequences of contributions to and distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Representative Experience: Casey provides continuing, year-after-year employee benefits support to multiple members of the Fortune 50. As part of this work, she provides ongoing weekly support to an aerospace industry client that sponsors one of the largest 401(k) plans in the United States.


In addition to her traditional executive compensation and employee benefits work, Casey frequently works with members of the firm’s Transactions Practice to advise clients on the executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. Casey also provides transactional support directly to clients and other law firms that are based outside of the United States or do not have robust executive compensation and employee benefits teams.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Lawyer (2023)
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2023 and 2024)
  • Honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award recipients (2016)


  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Casey contributes significant pro bono hours each year to the Milwaukee and Wisconsin communities through her participation in the Wills for Heroes program and other pro bono opportunities.
  • Past Chairwoman of the board of directors of Centro Legal, a nonprofit legal services organization that provides important resources for families and survivors of domestic abuse in the Milwaukee Community.
17 January 2024 Foley Ignite

Unlocking Stock Options: Employee Loans and Considerations

When it comes to employee compensation, companies constantly explore innovative ways to align their workforce's interests with the organization's success.
10 January 2024 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents Alpha IRB in Sale to Sabai Group

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to Alpha Independent Review Board, LLC in its sale to Sabai Group LLC.
21 December 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents GuideOne Insurance in $200M Investment by Bain Capital, Creation of Innovative Platform Dedicated to Mutuals

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal adviser to GuideOne Insurance Company, a leading niche-market insurance carrier founded in 1947, in receiving a $200 million investment from Bain Capital Insurance.
30 November 2023 Events

Stock Option Challenges and Opportunities: Expirations, Extensions, Repricings and Regrants

Foley’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team invites you to attend this informative webinar that will summarize and provide practical advice for how to address some common challenges of stock option programs.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
01 June 2023 Press Releases

Foley Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top law firms in the country in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.