David T. Harmon, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, focuses his practice on executive compensation, employment, and business law.
David represents senior-level employees of public and private companies in negotiating their employment packages and all associated agreements, both during the commencement of the employment relationship through offer letters and employment agreements, or at termination through severance agreements. His practice includes employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, non-poach, and garden leave covenants, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, change of control provisions, equity plans, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages.
In addition to representing individuals, David regularly counsels employers in the preparation and negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of Human Resources compliance programs, employee policy manuals, and training in the implementation of those policies. David also provides neutral investigative services, comprehensive employment evaluations, strategic solutions, and coaching in employment matters.
His practice spans a wide range of industries, including financial services, marketing, advertising, recruiting, health care, design, branding, publishing, fashion, engineering, real estate, technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology among others. He is also a member of the Media Law Group, which has been ranked the highest level of recognition, Tier 1, by Media Law International.
David also serves as outside general counsel and strategist for companies in their general business, employment, litigation and transactional matters.
David’s practice includes representation in FINRA, AAA, and JAMS arbitrations and mediations involving employment and customer disputes, FINRA and other regulatory investigations, disciplinary matters, and Forms U4 and U5 expungement and related employment matters.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association, David is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations.
Recognized as a national authority on employment matters, David has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Advisor Hub, Ladders, FundFire, Broker’s World, Registered Rep, and the Hedge Fund Law Report. He co-authored a chapter titled “Perspectives for Management and Executives on Structuring and Negotiating the Package: It’s not Just About the Dollars” for a book titled, Inside the Minds: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Plans for Aspatore Books, a Thomson Business Publisher. David joined Blabbit Live for the episode “Money on the Table” to discuss employment and business strategies used in connection with transitions in employment.
David’s blog, Transitions in Employment, focuses on employment agreements, offer letters, severance packages, garden leaves, non-compete and non-solicitation restrictions, confidentiality agreements, changes in control, deferred compensation, stock options, bonuses, commissions, equity, benefits, and related employment and business developments.
Norris McLaughlin Ranked Tier 1 in Media Law International 2022
Norris McLaughlin Appoints David Roberts as Chair and Elects David Harmon and Graham Simmons to Management Committee
David T. Harmon Quoted in Ladders Article
Charles Bruder & David Harmon To Present Webinar on Settlement and Severance Packages
David T. Harmon Quoted in FundFire
Live Interview, "Tips for Advisers at Bankrupt Firms," MarketWatch
Live Interview, "Broker’s World: Seeking Legal Advice," MarketWatch
Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Forms Task Force To Address Emergent Executive Compensation & Employment Issues
David T. Harmon Quoted in FUNDfire
Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Attorneys Co-Author Chapter on Executive Compensation
Client Alert: Amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law
DEVELOPMENTS IN NEW YORK CITY LABOR LAWS
CREDIT CARD SECURITY: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM FEES
NEW YORK WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACTSee More
New Bill May Significantly Expand NY State Employment RightsSee More
The Value of Relationships in the Workplace
In the News: Employment Agreements and Confidentiality Obligations
An “Employment Disaster Recovery Bag” Is a Must!
New York Federal Judge: DOL Restrictions on Federal Paid Leave Benefits Unlawful
Financial Advisors: Know Your Post-Employment Restrictions Before Making a Move
Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method May Be Changed with Proposal from U.S. Department of Labor
The Truth About Firm-Wide Employment Terminations
Revenge is Not Always a Dish Best Served Cold: Employer Retaliation Can Be Costly
Companies’ Utilization of Fitness Data Raises Privacy Concerns
In the News: Fired UBS Broker Gets to Keep Half-Million-Dollar Note Balance
In the News: UBS Sues Fired Broker Who Didn’t Pay Arbitration Award
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth
In the News: Wells Fargo Advisors to Tell Customers They can Keep Data Away from Brokers
In The News: Fleeing Morgan Stanley Brokers Improperly Solicit ClientsSee More
David T. Harmon continues to be recognized for his professional excellence based on the highest level of integrity and skill and has again been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status.
David T. Harmon has been recognized by the Lorman Distinguished Faculty for excellence in his presentations, evaluation ratings, and customer feedback.