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Robert N. Holtzman is Co-Chair of Kramer Levin's Executive Compensation practice and a partner in our Employment Law department. Mr. Holtzman concentrates exclusively on executive compensation and employment law matters.
Mr. Holtzman represents companies and executives in connection with the design, implementation, drafting, and negotiation of executive compensation arrangements, including employment, severance/separation, change-in-control, non-competition and non-solicitation, and nondisclosure agreements. He also represents private equity funds and companies in the design and drafting of equity and other incentive compensation arrangements, and regularly represents buyers, sellers, and management teams in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions, and other transactions.
Mr. Holtzman also represents employers regarding the full range of employment law issues that touch upon or concern the employment relationship, including both advisory matters involving investigations of discrimination and whistleblower complaints, design and implementation of appropriate policies and practices, and advice concerning employment issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions, and disputes pending in federal and state court, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations.
Mr. Holtzman’s experience includes the litigation of virtually every type of claim that may be asserted by employees, including discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual preference, disability, and national origin; retaliation; whistleblower claims; claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law; breach of contract; restrictive covenants; wrongful discharge; and a wide variety of tort claims. He has represented management defendants in class action litigations alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and wage and hour violations.
Mr. Holtzman publishes regularly on executive compensation and employment law topics, primarily in Kramer Levin’s Employment Law Update and FundsTalk publications, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, and online through the International Law Office. Mr. Holtzman frequently speaks before client groups and attorney organizations on topics related to executive compensation, employment law, and related litigation matters. He is listed in Best Lawyers (2012-2014), Legal 500 US (2010-2013) and New York Super Lawyers (2008-2013).