Contract Negotiations, Litigation, and Executive Compensation

Stephen Zweig leads the executive compensation practice of FordHarrison LLP, a national labor, employment and benefits law firm, and, for the last 10 years, was the managing partner of the firm's New York office. Stephen represents executives in negotiations when they are entering or leaving employment. He has represented hundreds of individuals in negotiating their employment, incentive, stock, retention, change-in-control, consulting, severance, retirement and separation agreements.

With over 35 years’ experience resolving employment and labor disputes, Stephen is well known for his negotiating strategies and the results he achieves. 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 assistant general counsel for the Financial Women's Association of New York, co-heads its Men's Alliance Committee, and recently chaired its panel presentation titled "Outing Sexual Harassment – Bubble? Boundaries? Backlash?" a review of which is accessible by this link.

Stephen is also a counselor, negotiator and litigator on behalf of companies in the home care industry for which he holds annual symposia in New York City and authors a blog www.homecareemploymentlaw.com. He has represented non-union and union health care industry employers of all types, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care agencies, and senior health centers. He is also management co-counsel to labor-management health and welfare, pension, and education funds in the home 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 - 2017 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers and is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
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