What are your skills worth? What about your training, experience and industry insights? What protections can (and should) you secure when taking a new position? What hidden risks are not evident or optimally covered in your offer? These are important questions you will benefit from addressing during your job search or a potential career change. When reviewing documents and considering an employment relationship, a Maryland executive compensation lawyer can help you strategize, make informed decisions and be your own best advocate.
Kathleen Cahill Law works with professionals who are reviewing new contracts from a potential employer, including employment contracts, non-competes, and restrictive covenant agreements. In order to negotiate your best deal, I will carefully consider all possible scenarios and contractual protections in light of your particular circumstances. I will help you decide what makes sense to pursue and use my experience to ensure your contractual rights are maximized and the risks and inequities are minimized.
Whether you have been offered a new position with your company, you are being recruited for a new career opportunity, or you are thinking about leaving your current employer, I can assist in ensuring you are protected before you make any big moves.
I have significant experience negotiating comprehensive employment packages for my clients in a variety of industries. I am a legal ally to employees throughout Maryland, helping men and women make informed decisions about new job opportunities, or strategically and carefully plan an exit for a new career move.
My goal as a Maryland executive compensation lawyer is to help you explore your options and secure the best terms possible. A well-designed employment contract establishes expectations, protects your future opportunities, and clearly outlines your employment benefits. I share my insights and experience to ensure you evaluate all relevant options; and, when warranted, we work together to secure enhanced opportunities and terms that aren’t initially offered. After signing an employment contract, the last experience you want is to learn that you neglected to consider something important, or missed an opportunity for additional benefits.
There are several elements to a comprehensive employment package. Too often, executives, IT specialists, designers, nurses and other professionals focus solely on compensation. While compensation is undoubtedly a key element, it is ultimately just one concern of many that requires scrutiny. Together, we will evaluate the factors that are most important to your family, lifestyle, and future employment goals. I will then review all agreements closely for unfavorable terms or omissions, and then make recommendations to bring your deal in line with your most important objectives.
Employment packages will often include a non-compete agreement that could potentially limit your future opportunities and make it difficult to leave your current position. When reviewing a non-compete, I am considering limits on your future employment mobility (a plus in this favorable post-pandemic marketplace) as well as resulting limits on your advancement and wage growth. In addition, there is immense value in my explaining a non-compete in layman's terms so that you fully understand the agreement and its limitations. Employers often make the legal verbiage overly complex, and a review with your own Maryland executive compensation lawyer can simplify the terms so you have a complete understanding and are empowered to make the decisions that are best for your circumstances.
Restrictive covenants are generally enforceable under Maryland law, which should cause you to pause before signing one without a proper legal review and negotiated modifications. What many of my clients fail to understand is that these documents are in fact negotiable. If you are being asked to sign a restrictive covenant, it can be refined and narrowed to further enhance your protection and flexibility. The time to raise concerns and negotiate is when there is an offer on the table and you have leverage to avoid short-changing yourself by not scrutinizing a restrictive covenant that may repress your options for taking new opportunities later in your career.
Employment contracts, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements are extremely nuanced, and it is important to have a professional review the material to ensure your protection before signing on the dotted line. Allow me to help you accept a new position, or leave a current one, with confidence, equity and power. Let’s start a conversation today.
Maryland Employment Attorney