Practice Areas

Focus, expertise, and strengths

 
Focus:

Executives In Transition
Small to Medium Size Companies and Start ups

Expertise:

Employment Law
Counsel on all phases of the employment relationship:

  • Employment Agreements and Offer Letters
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Handbooks
  • Performance Improvement Plans
  • Harassment Training
  • Employee Investigations

General Corporate Law and Contract Review

Strengths:

  •  Solves complex legal issues in a practical and efficient manner
  • Communicates in everyday language
  • Goes beyond strict legal advice to help clients solve or resolve issues
  • Provides prompt, attentive service
  • Partners with clients to prevent issues from arising in the first place

 

Executives In Transition

Kathy Worm has provided counsel to hundreds of Executives in Transition—executives who are either accepting a new position or leaving an existing position. Since she has represented both employers and employees in this type of negotiation, she understands both sides of the equation and can facilitate a quick resolution. She understands the market for salary and other benefits as well as what constitutes a reasonable amount of severance. Kathy uses her corporate law experience to help clients understand the equity components of salary or severance packages. She analyzes non-compete agreements for executives accepting a new position and for those who need to understand their options in connection with a new opportunity. She also helps executives land on their feet by providing connections to professionals who can assist with resumes, healthcare benefits, and more.

Employment Law

Kathy provides employers with counsel on all phases of the employment relationship. She approaches each employment issue with a unique blend of excellent legal analysis, sound business judgment, and humanity. She provides guidance and counsel on all phases of the employment relationship — from the initial hiring, to performance reviews, through termination. Kathy assists clients with setting up employment processes, including employee handbooks, and provide answers for the many employment issues that arise on a daily basis, including the ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour issues. She also provides engaging harassment training for clients as well as conducts employee investigations. Kathy is frequently called on to be the voice of reason in the often-stressful area of employee relations, particularly when it becomes necessary to discipline or terminate an employee. She has assisted many companies with reductions in force and is therefore able to safely guide companies through such events with a combination of respect for employees, minimum disruptions of the business, and a focus on moving the business forward.

General Corporate and Contract Review

Kathy Worm has extensive experience reviewing a wide variety of contracts, including management agreements, shareholder agreements, commission plans, license agreements, equipment leases, and architect and construction agreements. Kathy uses her training as a corporate and securities lawyer to focus on the important issues in each contract and helps clients negotiate and close the best possible deal. She also uses her experience as in-house counsel to a corporate real estate developer to assist clients in the review of their commercial leases.

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