Alan D. Duffy

Adjunct Professor

Alan D. Duffy


  • B.A., Kenyon College
  • J.D., with Honors, Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • LL.M., New York University School of Law


Professor Alan Duffy is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group.  He practices in the area of executive compensation and works closely with public, private, and tax-exempt employers.

Career Highlights: 

  • Negotiating and implementing all forms of compensation programs, including executive employment agreements, change in control agreements, severance agreements, bonus plans, incentive plans, equity plans (stock options, restricted stock, phantom and shadow equity), nonqualified deferred compensation, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs), excess benefit plans, and “Section 457” plans of tax-exempt employers
  • Working closely with clients to address issues involving reasonable compensation, such as Section 162(m) limitations, golden parachutes, and intermediate sanctions

Duffy is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.

Duffy is a frequent speaker and has presented on various topics, including taxable and tax-free mergers and reorganizations, running a non-profit organization, Circular 230 and church compensation.  He has made presentations for the Columbus Bar Association, the Church of the Living God International, the Practicing Law Institute and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.


  • “Ohio Tax Laws & Rules,” Banks-Baldwin, 2007
  • “IRS Rules No Private Benefit in Hospital-Sponsored Insurance Program,” Exempt Organization Tax Review, 2006
  • “Solving the Low-Income Housing Partnership Tax Dilemma,” Exempt Organization Tax Review, 2006
  • “New Law Spurs Employers to Review Deferred Compensation Plans,” Midwest In-House, 2005

Professional and Community Activities 

  • Capital University Law School, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Tax Program in the area of Executive Compensation, 2007-present
  • Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association, 2005-present
  • Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Former Trustee, 2005-2006