Employment Contracts and Agreements

Our Experienced Attorneys Fight Unfair Employment Contracts And Agreements

Baltimore employment agreement lawyerEmployment contracts in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are common and typically are part of the hiring process for those in corporate executive, sales, science or other highly-skilled positions. They set out the terms of your employment by memorializing your compensation, benefits, job title, job duties and more.  Employment contracts or employment agreements presented by your employer are simply starting points in a critical negotiation process.  If properly negotiated, they can provide you with an added level of security as you perform your job duties.  

To ensure that you are protected, it is absolutely essential that you have experienced Baltimore employment contract lawyer review, analyze and negotiate any employment agreement that your employer presents to you.

Employment Agreements In Maryland And Washington, D.C.

Because employers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are quite experienced in crafting employment agreements, you will be at a disadvantage if you attempt to negotiate your employment agreement without an experienced employment attorney representing you.  One of the reasons for retaining an experienced employment attorney is to make sure that you receive the best advice possible, as well as have an experienced negotiator on your side.

Because employers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are quite experienced in crafting employment agreements, you will be at a disadvantage if you attempt to negotiate your employment agreement without an experienced employment attorney representing you.

The experienced Baltimore employment agreement attorneys here at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. know where employers attempt to take advantage of their employees and stand ready to provide the best legal advice available.  For example, many employers will try to insert broad non-compete or non-disclosure provisions (also known as “restrictive covenants”) in your employment agreement, which can pose a real problem for you upon your departure from the company.  Indeed, a broad non-compete provision in an employment contract can severely limit your ability to pursue new opportunities with other companies.

We counsel clients on navigating these restrictive covenants and bring to bear experienced negotiation skills to eliminate or narrow these provisions in employment agreements.  If you have already signed your employment agreement and are attempting to overcome a restrictive covenant, such as a non-compete provision, we also represent clients in litigating these issues and bring to bear a wealth of knowledge to efficiently and effectively represent our clients.

Even if you don’t want us to negotiate your employment agreement for you, we oftentimes can confidentially review the employment agreement tendered by the company for a flat fee.  That way you will have a full understanding of where there may be a need to fight for better terms or more precise language in the employment agreement.

Severance Agreements

It may seem counterintuitive but when negotiating your employment agreement, it is often advisable to negotiate your severance agreement with the company as well.  We counsel and represent clients ranging from high-level executives to mid-level employees on the importance of doing this, especially if there is a non-compete provision in the employment agreement.  

Severance agreements, just like employment agreements, must be reviewed and negotiated by an experienced employment attorney.  Severance agreements, if negotiated properly, can help you get a new start and provide you with the compensation, benefits and protection you need to secure your next employment opportunity, particularly if there is a non-compete provision included in your employment agreement.

Working With An Employment Contract Lawyer In Baltimore

Working with the experienced attorneys here at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. is simple, confidential and efficient. We thoroughly review your options and the law and then put together a comprehensive strategy to achieve your goals.  Attorney Jamaal (“Jay”) W. Stafford is an experienced Baltimore employment attorney.  He brings to bear his legal knowledge and employment law expertise to review and negotiate employment agreements and crafts creative solutions for each of his clients.  If you would like for an experienced employment contract lawyer to review or negotiate an employment agreement that has been presented to you by an employer, you can contact us via our website or call us at (410) 514-6099.

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