Doreen E Lilienfeld is Global Head of the Governance & Advisory Group and the Team Leader of the Compensation, Governance and ERISA practice at Shearman Sterling. For more than two decades, she has focused on compensation-related matters in all manner of transactions, including the design and implementation of retention and incentive plans, disclosure and regulatory compliance, and employment negotiations for C-Suite executives.
Doreen has established her reputation as a leading corporate governance and executive compensation lawyer through exceptional client work and thought leadership initiatives. She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured on Bloomberg TV and corporate governance podcasts, as well as numerous external conferences and firm events – such as our inaugural Women General Counsel Roundtable hosted last year. She has taught an annual course in Executive Compensation at the Berkeley School of Law for the past three years. In January 2019, she was recognized by Crain's Magazine as a "Notable Woman in Law" for her contributions to her practice, as well as her pro bono commitment.
For the past 17 years, Doreen has spearheaded the publication of the firm's celebrated Survey of the compensation-related corporate governance practices of the largest 100 companies. The publication provides in-depth analyses of practices and trends impacting corporate governance, including key compensation issues, and sheds light on how leading companies are addressing those issues. The Survey serves as a tool for readers to benchmark the corporate governance and compensation practices of their own organizations against peers.
Doreen is a member of the steering committee for our women partners' initiative, which focuses on fostering an environment that attracts, develops and inspires women business leaders and building networks with our clients and the communities in which we work. As a former partner advisor for WISER, the firm's associate-run women's affinity group, she has continuously helped our young female lawyers think about business development early in their careers, encouraging them to network and not to be afraid to be ambitious. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), a premier organization dedicated to the advancement of women in law firms and corporate legal departments.
Doreen is a member of the New York State Bar. She received a B.A. with honors in psychology from New York University and obtained a J.D., magna cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review.