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Employment / Executive Compensation


PELG attorneys counsel C-Suite executives and management teams, entrepreneurs and individuals on legal matters involving the relationship between employers and employees. Using the best employment practices available, we craft proactive employment contracts and establish management processes that reduce misunderstandings over the course of these important relationships. As a result, our clients often rely on our attorneys’ advice in connection with their daily employment decisions.

We also advise entrepreneurs and individuals with respect to corporate mergers & acquisitions. As companies are sold, we draft and negotiate employment and separation agreements to assist in the smooth transition of the seller’s roles within the purchasing organization’s leadership structure. Our employment practice also intersects with PELG’s securities practice in matters relating to the issuance of equity awards and the implementation of the appropriate equity plans.

Overall, our employment law advice involves:

  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other wrongdoing
  • Compensation package negotiation
  • Compliance
  • Employment and consulting agreements
  • Employee handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Equity plans, profit-sharing plans and other compensation arrangements that properly align incentives among employers and employees
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other reasonable accommodations
  • Internal investigations
  • Litigation
  • Pandemic-related workplace protection
  • Reductions in force
  • Restrictive covenant agreements concerning confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation
  • Severance and termination agreements
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Whistleblowing claims

In The Words Of Our Clients

We have worked with Paul Ellis for more than 15 years. As a small Cosmetics company, we have had the privilege of working directly with Paul. His tremendous senior-level legal expertise has helped steer the company to greater success. The cost structure has been very reasonable which is crucial to a young company.

Paul feels like a true member of our Real Cosmetics team. He is genuine in his concern for the best interests of the company. Always kind, honest and efficient Paul and his team offer not only legal expertise but have offered important referrals and connections to potential partners and investors.

Lubna KhalidCEO, Real Cosmetics, Inc.

Paul and the team of attorneys he works with are quite simply the best. Every person we have worked with at the Paul Ellis Law Group has been bright, creative, and experienced. They are chess players – they are able to look at the entire board and foresee potential issues and recommend actions to guard against them. They are careful, they think through each move and see how it might affect future moves.

Paul and his team have created tremendous value for our company by making sure we protected our IP at a crucial time and making sure that our formation documents protected the integrity and continued viability of the Company in the event of co-founder turmoil (which came to pass). At the time, these measures seemed like overkill. Now we know better. My partner and I have sheepishly admitted to others that we love our lawyers – we do.

Jennifer SclarCEO, Clear Health Analytics

We have had the utmost pleasure of working with the Paul Ellis Law Group. As a non-US company looking to secure crowdfunding from US investors, PELG has been instrumental in getting us acquainted with US regulations, corporate law and compliance issues. Besides handling all legal work around our successful crowdfunding raise, PELG has helped us with various corporate governance issues ranging from shareholders agreements to employee options. Their attention to detail yet swift feedback and handling of matters has enabled us to move forward at the accelerated pace that was often required.

Haver JärveojaCOO, Wolfprint 3D

Conferences and Panels Featuring Our Attorneys

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 2: Staffing Smart

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist