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Drafting and Negotiating Employment and Separation Agreements

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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
  • issues that need to be considered during the negotiation process

Lecturer Bios

Andrew W. Singer, Esq.

Andrew W. Singer leads Tannenbaum Helpern's Employment Law Practice Group, which offers a full spectrum of legal services from everyday counseling to complex employment litigation. With extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, he regularly advises companies with various human resource and compliance issues:


  • draft and negotiate employment agreements and executive compensation structures
  • draft non-competition, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements
  • counsel companies on restrictive covenant enforceability
  • draft and negotiate severance agreements


  • wage and hour compliance, including overtime computation and exemptions from overtime, minimum wage, payment and deduction from wages, commissions and draw structures, bonus and incentive compensation, governmental wage and hour audits, recordkeeping, and federal and state labor laws
  • independent contractors, misclassification analyses, consulting agreements, and governmental audits
  • privacy concerns, including federal and state workplace privacy laws, off-duty conduct laws, drug-testing, and background and credit-checks

HR Policies

  • social media policies and technology and e-mail usage policies
  • anti-discrimination, including sexual harassment, retaliation, accommodating the disabled and religion, and handling internal corporate investigations
  • employee termination, WARN Act compliance, and COBRA
  • human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, drafting job descriptions, vacation and PTO policies, family and medical leave compliance, military leave policies, and issues related to employment applications

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • defend discrimination and retaliation claims based upon sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, age and any other protected class in federal and state courts
  • handle discrimination matters filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights

A frequent speaker on employment law topics and emerging trends, Andrew regularly conducts training seminars for supervisory and managerial employees covering equal employment laws and sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour laws, independent contractor misclassification, workplace violence, social media policies, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies, workforce reduction and the WARN Act, and other employment law developments.

Andrew has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Evan A. Belosa, Esq.

Evan A. Belosa, a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an experienced negotiator and counselor, focusing his practice on all aspects of executive employment and compensation matters. In the scope of his practice, Evan represents individuals from virtually every industry across the United States, with a specific focus on executive officers and employees at all levels of the financial services industry. In addition to individuals, he also represents institutions in all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, including commercial banks, investment banks, brokerdealers, hedge funds and research providers. Evan also has significant experience in the areas of executive compensation and employee benefits, and has frequently represented both management teams and employers in designing and drafting compensation structures and plans. In representing his clients, Evan has a wide range of experience negotiating and drafting agreements of all kinds, including sophisticated employment agreements, consulting and independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenant clauses and agreements, confidentiality agreements, equity plan documents, and separation and release agreements. He is also a seasoned practitioner litigating matters for both employers and employees in claims arising from employee/employer disputes, with experience mediating, arbitrating and litigating claims in state and federal courts, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association and private dispute resolution services. Evan is the author of “I Can’t Call Who? Employee Nonsolicitation of Clients Covenants Under New York Law,” published in the winter 2015 edition of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Journal, “The Devil in the Details: Termination Provision, Non-Competition Clauses” and “Finding the Balance Between Flexibility and Uniformity in Modern Executive Employment Agreements,” published in the 2013 edition of Inside the Minds, Negotiation and Drafting Employment Agreements, and “A Practitioner’s Guide to Negotiating Good Reason Clauses for Executives,” published in the September/October 2010 issue of Compensation & Benefits Review. He received a BA from Em0ry University and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law school. He is admitted in NY and NJ.

Jeffrey A. Dretler, Esq.

JEFFREY A. DRETLER is a partner in Rubin and Rudman LLP’s labor and employment practice in Boston. He has more than twenty years’ experience representing employers in litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and wage-and-hour claims, with a particular focus on the health care industry. Mr. Dretler has extensive experience in enforcing noncompetition agreements and protecting trade secrets. He regularly counsels employers and executive level employees on human resources issues, including state and federal leave laws, and drafts and negotiates executive and physician employment contracts. He also performs internal investigations into sexual harassment and other workplace conduct issues. Mr. Dretler was elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” for employment litigation defense. Mr. Dretler was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board. He has been active with the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law for more than a decade and served in a variety of leadership positions. Mr. Dretler is a graduate of Northwestern University and Northeastern University School of Law, currently serving as President of its alumni/ae association board of directors. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and served as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County prior to entering private practice.

James E. Gregory, Esq.

James E, Gregory, a Partner at Lowenstein Sandler, has a significant background in both the legal and business worlds. Jim provides knowledgeable representation to companies and individuals in a wide range of executive compensation, tax, and related matters. His clients include private and public companies, startups, private equity and hedge funds, CEOs and other senior executives, portfolio managers, and entrepreneurs.

Jim has represented clients in areas such as:

  • Structuring employment agreements
  • Equity compensation
  • Performance incentives
  • Deferred compensation
  • Change in control protections
  • Management participation in buyouts and new ventures
  • Severance and separation arrangements

In addition, he advises employers and employees on the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and other post-employment restrictive covenants. Jim also has an active international practice, in which he counsels companies and individuals regarding cross-border mobility and employment matters.

In the past, Jim served as the tax director for the U.S. national tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was general counsel to a large private company. He is a frequent speaker on topics involving executive compensation, international employment, and related matters. He received a BA from Swarthmore College, a JD from University of Chicago Law school and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is admitted in New York and Georgia.

Helen E. Tuttle, Esq.

Helen Tuttle is a Partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reah LLP where she counsels clients at every stage of the employment spectrum – from helping to foster a strong workplace culture to defending disputes related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She is an experienced advisor and fierce defender in the courts, in arbitration and before federal agencies. Clients of all sizes, from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, put their trust in her proactive and responsive approach to complex labor and employment matters.

She received a BA from Franklin and Marshall College and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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