Attorneys > W. Terence Jones

W. Terence Jones

Principal and Co-Founder

Phone: (617) 310-6565

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits/ERISA, ESOPs, corporate law, business succession and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

Practice Leader – Corporate Law and Employee Benefits


Terry has over 35 years of experience in the above areas of corporate and employee benefits practice. Prior to co-founding Maselan & Jones, P.C., he was with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta and then returned to Boston to practice with Csaplar & Bok. His experience on both the corporate and benefits sides of the practice gives him a unique insight on the importance of benefits issues in a merger and acquisition transaction, or on the corporate aspects of a succession plan which utilizes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Terry also counsels clients directly on the development and design of innovative executive compensation and equity-based compensation program and worker cooperatives, as well as problem resolution and representation in IRS and Department of Labor audits of retirement plans. He is a member of the ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center. Terry also speaks frequently on corporate business succession and employee ownership.

Terry is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy, having served on active duty in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean as an anti-submarine officer on destroyers prior to law school.


- Qualified pension and profit sharing plans and ESOPs

- Employee plans compliance resolutions program (EPCRS) remediation

- Stock options & equity compensation plan design

- Worker Cooperatives

- Entity formation and capitalization

- Mergers and acquisitions

- Business succession planning

- Stockholder and employee agreements


LL.M. – Boston University School of Law, Taxation

JD – Boston University School of Law; Graduated Cum Laude

BA – Yale University


Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Georgia.


Member of ESOP Association, National Center for Employee Ownership, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, United States Tax Court


“Advising a Massachusetts Business.” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. (2011): Chapter 19, Employee Stock Ownership Plans.

“Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts.” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. (3rd Ed., 2013): Contributing Author, Ethical Issues for Business Lawyers


Presenter, B Labs, “Benefit Corporations and ESOPs”, Boston, MA, October 2012

Presenter, NCEO Regional Conference, “Incentive Compensation for S Corporations”, Atlanta, GA October 2012

Presenter, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, “ESOPs and Succession Planning”, Orlando, FL, January 2013

“Deferred Compensation under Code Section 409A: Understand Your Legal Compliance Requirements,” Co-Presenter, March 28, 2012.

“Understanding Fiduciary Risks,” Keystone, Colorado, August 24, 2010.

“ESOP Legal Issues and Regulatory Developments,” Waltham, Massachusetts, June 29, 2010.

“Understanding Fiduciary Risks,” Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 15, 2010.

“401(k) and Your Fiduciary Responsibility,” Matrix U Group Session, Miami, Florida, February 22, 2010.

“Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Legal and Tax Aspects of ESOPs,” October 21, 2009; June, 2008.

“Ten Things You Need to Know (…to stay out of trouble and have happier clients),” Fidelity Management, Newton, Massachusetts, July 22, 2008.

“401(k) and Your Fiduciary Responsibility,” Bedford, Massachusetts, July 10, 2008.

“401(k) Plans and Other Benefits: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” 495-128 HR Collaborative, Boston, Massachusetts, October 31, 2007.

“The New Section 409A and What It Means For Your Clients,” The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, Arlington Heights, Illinois, June 19, 2007.

“Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Legal and Tax Aspects of ESOPs,” March, 2005.

“401(k) and Your Fiduciary Responsibility,” Morgan Stanley & Co., Boston, Massachusetts, December 15, 2004; June 3, 2004; May 13, 2004.

“ESOPs and Succession Planning …From a Lender’s Perspective,” Eastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts, May 12, 2003.

“Qualified Plan Design After EGTRRA,” Norfolk and Plymouth Estate and Business Planning Council, Milton, Massachusetts, November 27, 2001.

“ESOPs and Section 1042,” National Center for Employee Ownership, October, 1999.

HONORS AND AWARDS: Super Lawyer for MA, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, New England Super Lawyer 2007-2011, 2014, Corporate Counsel Edition 2010; AV Rating. Martindale-Hubbell