Employment / Executive Compensation

Our attorneys handle the broad spectrum of employment-related activities, both on the company side and the employee/consultant side. Our practice extends from advisory and compliance-related activities for our company clients, to negotiation and drafting of employment, consulting and other related agreements, to advising on and representing our clients in employment claims and disputes.

We advise companies on their personnel-related issues, including negotiation and drafting of employment and consulting agreements, restrictive covenant agreements concerning confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation and severance and termination agreements. Our employment practice is supported by our securities practice as necessary for issuance of equity awards and implementation of the related equity plans. Similarly, we support our company clients in the preparation of employee handbooks and in advising on best employment practices and necessary policies and procedures to reduce the risk of and to protect them from employment-related claims.

We advise our individual clients at the time of entry into or exiting from an employment or consulting relationship. At the outset, we assist in negotiating their agreements and compensation packages, including any equity award. Upon the termination of their employment or engagement, we assist in advising them on their rights and obligations and in reviewing and, if necessary, negotiating any termination or severance agreement and in ensuring they achieve the maximum benefit from any equity award they may have received.

When disputes arise, we are there to protect the interests of both our company and individual clients. We will sit down with them to understand the context of the dispute and will then gather and review any relevant documentary evidence. We will advise them generally on their rights and responsibilities and the strength of their positions. We negotiate on their behalf in the hopes of reaching a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the matter. Although we strive to avoid litigation and formal dispute-resolution proceedings to the extent possible, we will not hesitate to aggressively defend our clients’ positions and enforce their rights in court or arbitral forums when necessary.

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Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 2: Staffing Smart

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.