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We counsel key executives on all aspects of their compensation, offers, and employment agreements, and we advise employers on their compensation practices.
We represent key executives and employers at all levels in the media, entertainment, advertising, fashion, finance, technology and creative industries.
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 strategize with executives and help them assess and negotiate new employment opportunities.
Competitive Compensation Packages
Our Executive Compensation Group evaluates and recommends competitive salary, bonus, equity, stock option, severance, and other compensation packages — and helps clients define and negotiate titles, responsibilities, and reporting requirements to secure these terms. Our Tax Group creates structures to provide employees with the most tax-efficient plans.
We help clients review, negotiate and analyze non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants based on both enforceability and industry practice.
Termination Agreements and Releases
Using our vast knowledge and experience, we have negotiated hundreds of lucrative severance packages. We counsel individual executives through the employment termination process — outlining negotiation strategies, assessing and negotiating exit-package offers, identifying what benefits may be available, and achieving client goals.
We counsel employers on reorganizations and layoffs and help clients resolve contentious terminations of employment relationships. We negotiate comprehensive settlement agreements and releases.
We structure retirement packages for top executives and negotiate agreements that are mutually beneficial.
We work with our Employment Counseling & Litigation Group to resolve and settle employment disputes in their infancy, avoiding protracted and expensive litigation. We handle mediation and arbitration and advise on litigation prospects and strategy, and we bring and defend cases to trial in state and federal court. We regularly appear before administrative agencies. .
Our Executive Compensation attorneys participate in leading industry associations, including the Conference Board, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Association of National Advertisers, the Society of Digital Agencies, the Art Directors Club, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, the Producers Guild of America, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Radio and Television Society, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the New York Television Festival, and other key industry centers. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, Advertising Age, Adweek, O’Dwyers PR News, Law360, Reuters, and other publications have quoted us on employment law issues, and we have discussed employment issues live on MSNBC, CNNfn, and National Public Radio.