Jennifer Schumacher focuses her practice on executive and equity compensation, qualified retirement plans, and benefit and compensation issues arising in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and other business transactions.

Ms. Schumacher regularly advises clients on compensation and benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions. She has assisted large public corporations with all benefit and executive compensation issues arising in connection with the spin-off of certain business segments. She has also represented management teams of several large public companies in negotiating continuing employment arrangements and severance arrangements in connection with the acquisition of their companies by other large public companies.

Ms. Schumacher regularly assists in the design and implementation of sophisticated executive compensation and deferral programs, equity compensation arrangements, and change in control protections for public, private, and tax-exempt companies of all sizes. She assists clients with structuring of severance plans and agreements, both for individuals and in connection with larger reductions in force.

Ms. Schumacher was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits Law in 2017 and the nine years immediately preceding. She was named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2017 and the six years immediately preceding and a Georgia "Rising Star" in 2008 and 2010 for Employee Benefits/ERISA Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Schumacher is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

State Bar of Georgia, Employee Benefits Law Section, Co-Chair

National Association of Stock Planning Professionals, Member

Rice University, North Georgia RAVA Captain


  • Emory University, J.D. (1994)
    with distinction, Order of the Coif
  • Rice University, B.A., Economics and Managerial Studies (1991)
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1994)

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6298
f +1 404.541.3380

Jennifer Stobie Schumacher

Experience Highlights

Employee benefits for Acuity Brands Inc. subsidiary spin off
Advised Acuity Brands Inc., one of the world's leading providers of lighting fixtures, with respect to executive compensation and employee benefit more
Business combination of Certegy Inc. and Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
Represented Certegy Inc., a major publicly held credit card and check verification company, in its $4.5 billion merger with Fidelity National more
Employee benefits advice for one of the nation's largest providers of telephone and broadband services
Advised one of the nation's largest providers of telephone and broadband services with respect to compensation and employee benefit plan issues in a more
Aaron's, Inc. Acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, Inc.
Represented Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) in its $700 million acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, Inc. Aaron’s is a specialty retailer in the more