Practices

The Firm’s principal focus is counseling its clients on employment law, and negotiating or litigating disputes arising from the employment relationship. However, employment is only one part of running a business, and when clients need assistance in resolving other types of business disputes, the Firm is equipped to provide those services.

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The Firm understands the significant challenges presented by the need to comply with the immense body of federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. Properly navigating these laws certainly can help prevent claims. However, despite careful planning and a well-executed strategy, litigation cannot always be avoided. In that event, with over 30 years of litigation experience, the Firm is well-equipped to provide vigorous representation to its clients in any forum, whether federal or state court, arbitration, mediation or administrative agencies and commissions.

The Firm provides the following services:

  • Counseling on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations such as Title VII, ADEA, ADA, New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
  • Drafting employee handbooks and other policy statements and manuals
  • Negotiating and drafting employment and severance agreements, including restrictive covenants such as non-competition and non-solicitation provisions
  • Prosecuting and defending claims to enforce restrictive covenants or protect trade secrets
  • Defending employers before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Human Rights Commission

When its clients require general business dispute resolution services beyond employment law, the Firm will serve as a hard-hitting and skilled, yet practical advocate in federal or state court, or any alternative dispute resolution forum such as arbitration or mediation. The Firm represents clients in a variety of businesses in disputes involving contracts and business torts. Following is a representative sample of the successful engagements Mr. Goodman has handled:

  • Obtained award of damages after arbitration hearing for claim arising out of the improper termination of a development agreement for a medical device
  • Obtained award of damages after arbitration hearing concerning the failure to meet minimum purchase requirements under a footwear licensing agreement
  • Obtained an Order granting partial summary judgment in a breach of contract case which led to an early settlement and avoided protracted and expensive discovery
  • Obtained an Order granting partial summary judgment in a case involving a claim for breach of contract between insurance brokerage firms
  • Defended broker of electronics components in New York federal court against multi-million dollar claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Represented faction in a multi-generational family insurance brokerage in a dispute over business control and ownership
  • Defended claims alleging fraud and contract breaches in connection with initial offerings of condominium units

Jablonski v. Special Counsel, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164167, 1:16-CV-5243 (ALC), September 28, 2017 (S.D.N.Y.)

The Singer Group, Inc. v. Nine West Holdings, Inc., 2015 WL 9582431, 14-CV-3619 (SAS), December 30, 2015 (S.D.N.Y.)

Atronic International, GMBH v. SAI Semispecialists of America, Inc., 2007 WL 2493482, 03-CV-4892 (JFB), August 29, 2007 (E.D.N.Y.)

Atronic International, GMBH v. SAI Semispecialists of America, Inc., 232 F.R.D. 160 (E.D.N.Y. 2005)

National Utility Service, Inc. v. Cambridge-Lee Industries, Inc., 199 Fed.Appx. 139 (3d Cir. 2006)

Collins v. Eichenbaum, 296 A.D.2d 326, 744 N.Y.S.2d 399 (2002)

National Utility Service, Inc. v. Savannah Foods & Industries, Inc., 1994 WL 16182865, 2:91-CV-2891 (WGB), September 9, 1994 (D.N.J.)