Vicki Hood is the senior employee benefits attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. While Vicki has and continues to advise clients on a full range of employee benefits matters, Vicki has extensive experience representing debtors in complex restructuring cases related to the successful negotiation, reduction and discharge of employee benefits liabilities. Vicki has represented many debtors before the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as part of this process. Vicki's practice also focuses on the complex benefits issues in large business transactions and compliance matters before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. A few of Vicki's recent matters are:
Japan Airlines Corporation. Kirkland handled all U.S. employee benefits issues for this case under a Chapter 15 bankruptcy proceeding in the U.S.
Chemtura Corporation. Kirkland completed the successful restructuring of one of the largest publicly traded specialty chemical companies. As part of that restructuring, Kirkland advised the debtor regarding single employer pension, multiemployer and 401(k) plans.
Visteon Corporation. Kirkland represented Visteon in its Chapter 11 reorganization. Visteon sponsored several single employer pension plans, contributed to multiemployer pension plans and had significant retiree medical benefit programs.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). Kirkland currently represents A&P in its Chapter 11 cases which commenced in December, 2010. A&P employs more than 40,000 people at hundreds of stores throughout the northeast.
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation. Kirkland represented Friendly's, a well-known restaurant chain in the northeast, with respect to its restructuring, sale of assets and assumption of its pension plan by the PBGC.
United Air Lines. United was one of the largest cases at the time where pension plans were assumed by the PBGC, and Kirkland represented United throughout the entire process.
Corus Bankshares. Kirkland recently completed a restructuring of Corus Bankshares, holding company of the former Corus Bank, including the assumption of the pension plan by the PBGC.
Institutional Investor Seminar on Trustee Fiduciary Duty — 1997, 1998, 1999
American Bankers Association Employee Benefits School — 1998, 1999
Recognized in Best Lawyers, Spring 2017 Business Edition, “Women In The Law” for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005–2017
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S., 2010–2015
Selected as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine, 2007–2014
Cited as one of the top 50 leading women business lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network, 2006
Featured as a leading employee benefits lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Illinois, 2008
Admissions & Qualifications
- Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1977
- Northwestern University Kellogg School of ManagementM.B.A.cum laude1977
- Northwestern UniversityB.A.1974