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.