Professional summary

Mike Melbinger is a partner in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice of the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at both the University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.

Mike is the author of the CCH treatise Executive Compensation, now in its Second Edition, the American Bankers Association’s Compliance Guide to Employee Benefit Trusts, and more than 75 articles on executive compensation and employee benefits topics. He is also on the editorial boards of The Corporate Executive, and Practical Tax Strategies, and "Melbinger's Compensation Blog" for, the first and still most widely read blog on

Engagement overview

Consulting, design, drafting, and establishing executive compensation plans and arrangements. Training and presentations on executive compensation topics.


Current and past clients include two companies in the Fortune 10 as well as dozens more publicly traded companies in
• Technology
• Financial services
• Personal services
• Manufacturing