At Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, our practice is focused on employment and labor law, and we handle every aspect of these claims in state and federal courts, as well as before government agencies such as the NLRB. Our work includes sexual harassment litigation, drafting and review of employment contracts, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and issues of wage and hour law, as well as other matters.
Our clients are diverse. They come from virtually every type of business and industry, including financial services, health care, restaurant and hospitality, professional services partnerships such as medicine, law, accounting and architecture, photography, design and marketing, manufacturing, education and nonprofit organizations.
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When it comes to seeking legal representation for your professional practice, corporation or association, sooner is better than later. It is best to obtain a lawyer’s guidance before decisions are made and documents are finalized. Otherwise, potential problems may be overlooked, exposing your business to the possibility of litigation.
At Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, in Midtown Manhattan, we represent clients throughout the New York metropolitan area. Many of these clients are lawyers and doctors who collaborate with other similar professionals to open and participate in the daily operations of various professional practices. We also assist accountants, architects and engineers with their business needs.
Legal Counsel for the Matters Affecting Your Professional Practice
Collaborating with the attorneys at Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP helps you make the best possible decisions regarding a broad range of legal matters. We regularly provide custom counsel on the matters that affect you, including:
- Negotiating, drafting and reviewing partnership agreements and related documents
- Choosing the best possible business entity for you, such as a limited liability company (LLC) or a professional limited liability partnership (PLLP)
- Resolving potential disputes that arise among professional members of the practice or between an employee and the practice
- Developing and implementing employment practices to avoid or reduce the impact of employment litigation
- Negotiating termination/severance agreements
- Negotiating, reviewing and drafting employment agreements involving restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements and nonsolicitation agreements
- Limiting liability for professional malpractice/obtaining and maintaining proper insurance
Attorneys at our firm would like nothing more than to see your practice succeed, and we realize that success does not come without a great deal of hard work. We work diligently for our clients, providing clear and comprehensive legal advice from the moment you retain us until matters are resolved.
Representation You Can Turn to Again and Again
Many of our clients continue to return to Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP for services throughout the duration of their practices. They realize the benefit of returning again and again to a team of experienced lawyers that knows them, their needs and their business goals.
Of course, we hope that by putting the proper protections in place, we will help your professional practice avoid litigation. However, we live in a litigious society, and this is not always possible. If you believe that your professional practice may become involved in litigation, you can contact us to help resolve the matter quickly and effectively.
Frequently, a business’s most valuable assets are its established relationships with existing customers. Business leaders spend years carefully cultivating these relationships and building goodwill — but they are delicate. A customer relationship can be destroyed by just one careless statement made by an angry employee or just one phone call made by a former employee who is moving to a new company.
At Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, we recognize the value of customer relationships. We recognize this value when it comes to our own clients, so we provide extensive personal attention and high-quality work. We also recognize this value when it comes to our clients’ customers. That’s why we negotiate, draft, review and litigate nonsolicitation agreements for employers and employees throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
Nonsolicitation agreements prohibit employees from contacting or working for a business’s clients after the employee ceases to work for that business. They prohibit doctors, accountants, real estate brokers, salespeople and other professionals from leaving professional practices with client lists and other confidential materials. They can also provide valuable benefits — such as higher pay, an employment agreement or a severance package — for employees who sign nonsolicitation agreements.
Inappropriate sexual conversations and events occur in a broad spectrum of workplaces. From the service industry to professional practices, from low-wage workers to highly compensated executives, there are diverse scenarios that violate state and federal employment laws.
At Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, in New York City, our lawyers represent employees in plaintiff’s sexual harassment litigation. We are highly experienced trial attorneys who serve as zealous advocates for the victims of inappropriate and illegal sexual harassment.
We have experience handling a broad range of sexual harassment claims, including cases involving:
- Lewd comments
- Sexual jokes
- Quid pro quo
- Requested sexual favors
- Sexist behaviors
- Inappropriate touching
- Workplace bullying
Our clients are not only women. While sexual harassment is often thought of as an offense against women, men are just as likely to be victims. Many men feel embarrassed to come forward regarding sexual harassment claims. However, sexual harassment is nothing to be ashamed of. Our firm offers confidential and nonjudgmental representation to both men and women.
Through a comprehensive intake process, we may identify a spectrum of legal options for you in addition to sexual harassment litigation. We know that victims of sexual harassment who speak out are sometimes fired. In cases like these, we may be able to bring wrongful termination lawsuits.
Lawyers at the New York City law firm of Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP have defended numerous high-profile individuals and companies that have been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. As experienced advocates, we have the knowledge and skill necessary to take effective action on our clients’ behalf, even in serious situations such as alleged rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination. We also conduct investigations and represent individual defendants as well.
Each case is unique. We have negotiated confidential settlements on behalf of employers, taking actions for the benefit of both parties while keeping our clients’ situations private and out of the media.
While most cases settle before trial, we also have engaged in forceful litigation in state and federal courts. Forceful trial advocacy can send a chilling message to prospective future plaintiffs and helps employers avoid future litigation.
Our attorneys also consult with clients on how to avoid potential sexual harassment claims. We draft policies and assist employers in employment policy implementation. By consulting with a New York City sexual harassment training attorney as part of your business strategy, you may be able to prevent future litigation.
Wrongful termination occurs in a broad spectrum of situations. At Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, we often speak with potential clients who believe that they were wrongfully terminated when they were fired without review or without warning. We tell them that, in New York City, most employment is “at will,” meaning that an employer or an employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for nearly any reason — or no reason at all.
However, there are several reasons for which it is illegal to terminate the employment relationship. These include discrimination based on ethnic or national origin, color, race, age, pregnancy, religion or sex.
Lawyers at our firm also represent employers who face allegations that they engaged in wrongful termination when they terminated employees, often for very legitimate reasons. We help these employers protect their interests. We also focus on preventing future litigation by counseling employers on the creation of employment policies that comply with state and federal laws.