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Attorneys in Our Executive Compensation & Employment Group
For more than 40 years, we have advised executives in the media, entertainment, and advertising industries on their employment negotiations and compensation arrangements.
We have negotiated more than a thousand executive compensation deals for key talent at companies like Disney, Martha Stewart, Omnicom, IPG, WPP, Publicis, Viacom, HBO, Warner Brothers, A&E Television Networks, NBC Universal, The History Channel, Activision, The New York Times, and others.
Our long experience in the media and entertainment world gives us insight into current benefits employers may provide — including compensation, equity, titles, severance, insurance, tax, deferred compensation, and more. We successfully resolve disputes and advise both employees and employers on the full range of state and federal discrimination claims.
We help executives assess and negotiate new employment opportunities
Competitive Compensation Packages
We negotiate competitive salary, bonus, equity, stock option, severance, and other compensation packages.
We use our knowledge and experience to negotiate generous severance packages for executives.
Our broad-based experience gives us insight into what titles, terms of service, reporting requirements, loans, insurance, and other benefits employers are providing in similar negotiations.
We help clients hire intelligently by drafting industry-specific non-compete, non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenants.
Counseling and Training
We counsel clients, provide employee, HR, and executive training sessions, and help structure ongoing compliance programs including navigating the differences between employees and independent contractors.
We prosecute and defend all types of employment discrimination matters - including claims based on age, disability, equal pay, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
We help clients communicate and document employment decisions to ensure compliance with law, reduce the risk of claims, and anticipate the difficulties of termination.
We help businesses set up harassment, email, social media and other employment policies that address and reduce claims, and we assist in the drafting of employee handbooks and complaint procedures that accord with anti-discrimination and employment laws.
Our Executive Compensation and Employment attorneys participate in the Conference Board, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Advertising Women in New York, the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Art Directors Club and other key industry centers. We have discussed employment issues on MSNBC, CNNfn, and National Public Radio, and have been quoted on employment issues in The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Adweek, O’Dwyers PR News, Web Week, The Newark Star Ledger, The Venture Capital Journal, and other publications.