Joel E. Horowitz

Joel E. Horowitz

Adjunct Professor


Joel Horowitz is a Partner at McCarter & English. Mr. Horowitz has practiced in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation for over 30 years. He counsels employers and executives on employment, retention and severance agreements, equity-based compensation and incentive pay. He has extensive experience in the design and operation of compensation and benefit arrangements, including the operation of tax qualified plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and non-cash benefits.

Mr. Horowitz has an active practice in the area of employee stock ownership plans, and has been involved in virtually every aspect of ESOP transactions for public and private companies. He has acted as trustee’s counsel, lender’s counsel and special corporate counsel in those transactions, which have ranged in size up to $800 million.

Mr. Horowitz is a frequent speaker in the area of employee compensation and benefits, particularly on the topics of executive retention and compensation, incentive and equity plans, health plan design and workplace benefits. He has represented clients before the IRS, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and secured the first IRS approval of health plan debit cards. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Tax Program at the Villanova University School of Law for over 25 years.


B.A. 1975 George Washington University

J.D. 1978 New England School of Law

LL.M. 1982 Georgetown University Law Center

Courses and Seminars

Qualified Pensions and Profit Sharing Plans, Employee Benefits, Aspects of Business Transactions, Employee Benefits Law


Graduate Tax Programs:

Villanova University, Master of Laws in Taxation

Villanova University, Master of Taxation