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Executive and Professional Employment

Negotiating and Enforcing Employment Contracts

At the New York City law firm of Kaiser Saurborn & Mair, our attorneys advise executives, managers, professionals and key technology employees about employment contracts. Our experience with the negotiation, review and enforcement of employment terms helps our clients maximize the compensation and job security they deserve in exchange for their contributions to the success of a major corporation, closely-held business or professional practice group.

Negotiated Exceptions to the Doctrine of Employment at Will

The standard arrangement between employers and employees in the American economy is the unwritten employment contract at will, which is generally subject to termination by either party upon notice to the other. Executives and professionals with unique talents and records of achievement are generally in a position to negotiate for greater job security and rewards commensurate with their skills, experience and positive impact on the company's overall performance.

Kaiser Saurborn & Mair works closely with clients to achieve the best employment contract terms possible with respect to such considerations as:

  • Base compensation
  • Performance-based compensation
  • Bonuses based on benchmarks, tenure or particular achievements
  • Stock options
  • Length of contract
  • Defined grounds for termination and so-called "golden parachute" terms
  • Restrictive covenants such as noncompete terms or confidentiality terms
  • Severance terms in the event of termination for cause or without cause
  • Mandatory arbitration or mediation terms
  • Buyout terms in such contingencies as change in management, bankruptcy, merger, or dissolution of a partnership

Our lawyers apply long experience with the professional and executive job market to help our clients make an accurate assessment of bargaining leverage while anticipating and addressing risk. We review and prepare employment contracts with a view toward relieving uncertainty and avoiding the misunderstandings and ambiguities that could lead to litigation.

Our Trial Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights in Court Whenever Necessary

The main point of a written employment contract is to define your rights specifically enough to discourage an employer from risking litigation by violating them. We therefore work to specify favorable terms that will discourage a breach by expressing clearly enforceable remedies.

We also represent executives, professionals, and technical personnel who need advice about a troubled relationship in the financial industry, academia, the health care sector, or such professions as law and accounting. We can evaluate your situation and advise you about your options for a favorable outcome through negotiated severance, arbitration or civil litigation.

The attorneys of Kaiser Saurborn & Mair advise and represent employment law clients in New York and New Jersey.