Drafting and Negotiating Employment and Severance Agreements: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Program Chair:

Tricia B. Sherno
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • If you are an employment law practitioner, in-house counsel or advise employers or employees on workplace or compensation-related matters, you cannot afford to miss this program.  An expert panel will cover numerous legal issues and challenges that arise when drafting and negotiating employment and severance agreements and will provide practical tips and tools to enhance your drafting skills.

    Topics to be addressed include:

    • Best practices for documenting employment relationships
    • Tips and strategic considerations for drafting effective releases and severance agreements
    • Pro-employer versus pro-employee terms
    • Compensation, benefits, restrictive covenants, and tax issues that need to be considered during the negotiation process
    • EEOC and SEC endorsed language

    Live Program & Webcast:
    $199 for Members | $299 for Nonmembers
    In-House Counsel: Free for Members | $249 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm:
    $99 for Members
    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019), Judges (and their staff who are also members), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Richard B. Friedman
    Richard Friedman PLLC
    Meir Katz
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Valdi Licul
    Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C.
    Jeannine McSweeney
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. Introductions
    6:05 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PART 1:  Best practices for documenting employment relationships

    Drafting effective offer letters; issues that arise in the negotiation of offer letters

    Drafting effective employment agreements; frequently negotiated provisions

    Drafting effective arbitration provisions [

    Drafting restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements

    7:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Break
    7:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PART 2: Tips and strategic considerations for drafting effective releases and severance agreements

    Pros and cons of severance agreements; developing strategy and effective communications

    Drafting effective severance agreements; frequently negotiated provisions; negotiation strategies, tips and tricks

    Special issues that arise in group layoffs (OWBPA disclosures,  WARN issues)

    Handling equity and other special rights upon separation


  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    3.0 Skills
    New Jersey:
    3.2 General
     3.0 General
     2.5 Skills

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Labor & Employment | Katherine A. Greenberg, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org