Mary E. Alcock’s practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including design and regulatory compliance.

She regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and on disclosure issues relating to compensation matters. Mary also counsels financial institutions on the issues arising under pension and tax laws with respect to their many and varied interactions with pension funds.

Mary joined the firm in 1993 and became counsel in 2002.


The SEC Takes Action on Proxy Advisory Firms,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 2020 (co-author)

ISS Issues Additional Voting Policy Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic,” Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch blog, April 2020 (co-author)

Coronavirus & Postponing/Adjourning Annual Meetings,” Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch blog, March 2020; republished by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, April 2020 (co-author)

Glass Lewis Revised Guideline Regarding Virtual Meetings for 2020 Proxy Season,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author).

SEC Proposes Changes to Requirements for Shareholder Proposals in Proxy Statements: First Analysis,” Lexis Practice Advisor, December 2019 (co-author).

Human Capital Management: Issues, Developments, and Principles,” International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Governance 2019, July 2019 (co-author).

Shut Up! (Someone Is Actually Suing on the Basis of a Non-Disparagement Clause),” Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch blog, October 26, 2018; republished by The Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, November 6, 2018 (co-author).

IRS Guidance on Section 162(m),” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, September 8, 2018 (co-author).

“DOL Fiduciary Rules Will Negatively Affect Private Funds,” Law360, May 20, 2015 (co-author).

“Not Just Financial Reform: Dodd-Frank’s Executive Compensation & Governance Requirements,” The Corporate Governance Advisor, Aspen, September/October 2010.