Contracts with key employees can be an effective way to secure and retain employees, as well as facilitate an amicable separation.
Employment contracts are also an effective way to reduce risks associated with sharing a variety of confidential and proprietary information with all employees. A well-drafted contract can mean the difference between a smooth employee exit and protracted litigation. Employment contracts typically address severance, retention, intellectual property, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, works for hire, benefits and compensation.
Our attorneys assist employer clients in preparing strong employment contracts that are carefully tailored to the needs of each employer. Our attorneys also assist professional and executive level employees in negotiating severance agreements, contracts with new employers and understanding pre-existing contractual obligations.
Whether you are an employer or a professional/executive level employee, beginning the employment relationship with a strongly drafted contract that sets forth the expectations of all parties during employment reduces the risks of a costly protracted dispute at the end of the employment relationship.
Our attorneys are well versed in the laws specific to Virginia, Maryland, DC and West Virginia. We will tailor a contract to not only meet the client’s needs, but to also meet the requirements of a diverse, multi-jurisdictional region.
If, however, the need to litigate an employment contract arises, our attorneys are skilled litigators and have defended and prosecuted all types of employment contracts including those claims that seek injunctive relief. Our attorneys are familiar with the court rules of all four jurisdictions as well as the federal courts and will aggressively defend or prosecute claims arising from employment contracts.