EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION & EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

Executive compensation and employment agreements are legally complex. The manner in which these agreements are structured can carry major business and tax implications for both the employer and the executive employee. At Underberg & Kessler, we have a team of attorneys in Rochester, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Webster & Geneseo who are experienced in these executive compensation and agreement matters. We have experience assisting both executives and employers in these matters. Our attorneys will guide you throughout the process, drafting agreements for the employer, or reviewing them for the executive.

Considerations For The Employer:

What Do I Need to Know?


When structuring and drafting these agreements, our attorneys will align the agreements with the employer’s goals. We have the capabilities of assisting the process by offering the following legal services:


  • Drafting compensation plans for executives

  • Drafting of employment agreements for executives and other employees

  • Structuring of severance clauses including golden parachute considerations

  • Structuring of bonus clauses and deferred compensation

  • Structuring equity incentives including incentive stock options, non-qualified options, and restricted stock

  • Tax compliance matters


Contact us here to speak to our attorneys regarding structuring an employment agreement.



Considerations For The Executive Employee:

What Do I Need to Know?


It is wise to have agreements of such importance reviewed by an attorney well versed in these matters. Legal services our experienced team of attorneys offer include:


  • Section 83 tax planning

  • Review and negotiation of executive employment and compensation agreements

  • Explaining stock compensation issues

  • Negotiation of covenant not to compete and severance arrangements

  • Tax compliance matters


Contact us here to speak to our attorneys about an executive agreement matter.



Executive Compensation & Employment Agreements Experience

Our Experience in Western, NY and Beyond


•Represented the CEO of a private equity backed company in negotiating new compensation and severance terms and documenting those terms in a new employment agreement.


•Represented the CIO of a technology company in negotiating the terms of a severance plan that would come into effect if there was ever a change in control transaction involving the employer.


•Represented numerous companies in structuring and documenting employee stock incentive plans, including incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options and restricted stock.


•Represented companies in drafting and implementing phantom stock plans to provide equity like incentives to key employees.


•We have assisted both executives and employers in negotiating separation agreements upon termination of the employment relationship, that balance severance payments with confidentiality obligations, covenants not to compete or non-solicitation and non-disparagement provision.

OUR EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION &
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT ATTORNEYS:

To learn more about our individual attorneys, please click on their picture to view their biography:

Sarah F. Bothma

Sarah F. Bothma

Rochester, NY

Edmund J. Russell III

Edmund J. Russell III

Rochester, NY

Serena M. Compitello

Serena M. Compitello

Rochester, NY

Helen A. Zamboni

Helen A. Zamboni

Rochester, NY

Steven R. Gersz

Steven R. Gersz

Rochester, NY

Paul F. Keneally

Paul F. Keneally

Rochester, NY

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