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Robert N. Holtzman

Partner

Phone: 212.715.9513 Fax: 212.715.8035 New York

Robert Holtzman is co-chair of Kramer Levin's Executive Compensation practice and a partner in the Employment Law department.  He 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 frequently speaks before client groups and attorney organizations on topics related to executive compensation, employment law, and related litigation issues.

Mr. Holtzman publishes regularly on executive compensation and employment law topics, primarily in Kramer Levin’s Employment Law Update and FundsTalk publications, as well as online through the International Law Office. 

Mr. Holtzman is listed in Best Lawyers 2012-2014, Legal 500 US 2010-2014 and New York Super Lawyers (2008-2013).

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J.D., Columbia Law School, 1992
  • Editor, Columbia Law Review, 1991-1992
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
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B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
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New Jersey, 1993
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New York, 1993
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
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Honorable Peter K. Leisure,  U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992 - 1993
    -New York State Bar Association: Co-Chair, Employment and Labor Relations Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Member, Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Member, Labor and Employment Section
    -American Bar Association: Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
    -New York City Bar Association