New positions, promotions, comp plan changes, resignations, retirements, terminations. Changes in employment, whether welcome or unwelcome, expected or unexpected, can be difficult, confusing and trigger emotional responses to those affected. Executive transitions particularly usually involve complex and challenging interpersonal and legal issues that require the guidance and advice of experienced, well-trained professionals.
Executive transitions usually are documented and governed by employment contracts, severance plans, retention agreements, restrictive covenants (non-competes), change in control agreements, compensation and bonus plans, and other employment and compensation-related agreements. Proper preparation of those agreements requires advanced knowledge and experience in tax law, deferred compensation, employee benefits, intellectual property, employment law, litigation and other disciplines such as corporate law and securities regulation that no single professional is fully equipped to handle.
Avisen Legal, P.A. is a legal team of experienced professionals committed to serving businesses and the executives who own and run them. Our lawyers average over 20 years of experience in their respective areas of practice. We pride ourselves on serving clients as a team of trusted advisors. We work closely together to ensure that our clients realize the best possible result for their circumstances. We advise executives and employers on both the legal implications and the practical realities involved with employment and termination agreements, tax and compensation issues, executive severance plans, equity plans and agreements, employment best practices and communications between management and boards.
The Avisen team also advises compensation committees and compensation consultants in the preparation of long-term incentive, equity and other executive compensation plans. We negotiate and write executive employment, retention, change in control, bonus, non-compete and separation agreements customized to address each client’s need and desires.Bill Egan has over thirty years of experience practicing in the field of employment law. He has drafted and assisted his clients, both individual executives and the companies they serve, in the negotiation of, and the resolution of disputes over, hundreds of employment agreements, trade secret protection agreements, change in control agreements, bonus and commissions agreements, deferred compensation and executive separation agreements.
Larry Fox is an accomplished business lawyer with over 20 years of experience putting together deals and acting as a trusted adviser to his clients. He has represented a broad range of companies from startups to Fortune 500’s. Larry works on a wide variety of matters including complex business agreements, intellectual property licenses, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, company formation and governance. He also serves as outside general counsel, responding to the day-to-day legal needs of his clients.
Kim Lowe lawyers from experience and her comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises operate. She guides entrepreneurs, executive management teams, boards of directors, multigenerational families, shareholders and investors through all aspects of the business life cycle from formation to operation to exit.
Todd Taylor is a trusted advisor of business owners and their companies in navigating complex legal and business issues related to financing, startup, formation, shareholder disputes, contract drafting, negotiations, SEC compliance, company sales and purchases.
Lisa Holter Ankel serves as outside general counsel to a diverse base of private companies and as a lead deal counsel on M&A and other financing transactions. Lisa partners with business owners, management, investors and corporate boards on start-up and organizational matters, M&A transactions, raising money, shareholder agreements, buy-outs and a variety of joint venture and other commercial transactions.