EmploymentOur employment group has extensive experience representing companies in connection with executive/employee hiring, enforcing non-competition agreements, structuring termination arrangements and incentive packages (including options, bonus plans, and other forms of compensation) for new hires. We advise clients on a full range of issues affecting executive compensation, including financial planning for senior executives. We work with our clients in connection with their succession planning and strategic hires and prepare appropriate employment agreements and termination/separation agreements that reflect those plans. We work with our litigators and tax attorneys to make certain that our advice is beneficial to our clients from a tax standpoint and capable of withstanding challenges from third parties.
Our employment litigators have extensive experience representing employers and employees in all aspects of employment litigation matters in federal and state courts, including:
- Breach of contract matters (employment agreements, executive compensation, confidentiality and severance agreements)
- Discrimination claims
- Breaches/enforcement of restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation agreements)
- Wrongful and constructive termination
- Labor law violations
- Tortious interference
We have been counsel in class action and multiple-plaintiff cases arising from gender and age discrimination, with very successful outcomes. For example, the Firm successfully represented a large class of women officers at an insurance brokerage firm in a gender discrimination case pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and secured an $8.5 million settlement on behalf of the class.
We also have represented clients in connection with whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the federal False Claims Act and federal and state tax whistleblower statutes.