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Contract Negotiations, Litigation, and Executive Compensation

Stephen Zweig leads the executive compensation practice of FordHarrison LLP, a national labor, employment and benefits law firm, where he was also managing partner of the firm's New York office for the past ten years. 

Stephen represents and counsels executives in employment negotiations when they are entering, during, and leaving employment. He has counseled hundreds of individuals in negotiating their employment and separation agreements, including both total compensation packages and separation packages.

Stephen is well known for his negotiating strategies. He is a Lexis Practice Advisor on executive compensation, has authored a chapter in Bloomberg BNA’s Executive Compensation treatise, has been published by many other media sources, and speaks regularly to associations and professional groups.

Stephen is also pro-bono assistant general counsel for the Financial Women's Association of New York, and co-heads its Men's Alliance Committee, where he recently chaired its panel presentation "Outing Sexual Harassment – Bubble? Boundaries? Backlash?" He has also presented workshops for the FWA on "How to Negotiate with Bullies and Win" and "How to Negotiate for Yourself at Work." 

Stephen is also a member of the Humans for Fashion Foundation's advisory board, where he provides employment discrimination advice and counsel to combat sexual harassment and abuse.      

On the litigation side of his practice, Stephen has resolved hundreds of employment discrimination claims as well as contract, non-compete, and wage and hour claims. He is also  counsel, negotiator, and litigator for dozens of companies in the long term health care industry.

Representative Experience
  • Hundreds of executives represented in negotiations with their companies and firms.
  • Multiple collective and class action wage and hour overtime lawsuits in the home care industry, resolved without any damages paid.
  • Fiduciary breach lawsuits against Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, resolved with substantial settlements on behalf of labor-management health and welfare benefit funds
  • Employment contract and trade secret misappropriation lawsuits, each resolved in favor of the client.
  • Employment discrimination lawsuits against Bankers Trust Company and National Westminster Bank, USA, dismissed after jury trial.
Honors & Awards
  • Stephen was named to the 2008 - 2018 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers and is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
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