Carol Goodman is a partner of the firm, and the co-chair of both the firm’s Employment Practice and its Business Litigation Practice.
Carol focuses on a diverse range of employment counseling and litigation matters, and on complex commercial litigation spanning banking, securities, real estate, land use and art law.
She has consistently been rated an outstanding lawyer by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers (2013-2015), and by Martindale-Hubbell, which rates her AV preeminent – their highest level of professional excellence.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Carol advises public and private companies, including domestic and international banks, financial institutions and broker-dealers in all aspects of complex commercial disputes. Her experience includes employment and securities claims involving trade secrets, compensation, bonuses and commissions, stock options, restrictive covenants and employee raiding cases. Carol's representation of financial institutions and banks goes beyond commercial litigation and includes workouts and internal investigations. Carol also advises owners, developers and operators of large commercial real estate portfolios in disputes requiring deft, but delicate handling – including divisive partnership or membership disputes.
Employment Counseling and Litigation
Carol also represents employers and senior executives in all aspects of employment law, including executive compensation and separation packages. On the preventative side, she helps clients manage risk by advising on hirings, firings and workforce restructurings, severance agreements, exit incentive plans, FLSA, and matters involving FMLA and disability leaves. She also has vast experience creating training programs, employment policies, procedures and programs aimed at reducing the risk of litigation.
When litigation is necessary, Carol advises clients in the full range of employment concerns, including allegations of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment and discrimination She regularly litigates before federal and state courts, arbitration venues, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Executive Department's Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Carol's practice extends to the employment aspect of mergers and acquisitions, consolidations and corporate restructurings, where she advises during the due diligence and closing phases on issues such as WARN.