Carol M. Goodman concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, including banking, real estate, land-use, art law, securities law and employment law, in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals, arbitration and mediation. As a general commercial litigator, she is counsel to numerous banks, financial institutions and real estate firms providing advice in all aspects of complex commercial disputes. As a co-chair of our Employment Practice Group, Carol represents employers and employees in ERISA and employment litigation, including claims for stock options, trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation and cases alleging wrongful discharge, sexual harassment and discrimination based upon disability, age, race, national origin and gender. Carol regularly litigates before the state and federal courts, the EEOC, New York State Executive Department, Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She also represents broker-dealers in securities arbitrations pending before FINRA.
Carol advises both corporations and individuals in all aspects of employment law and drafts and negotiates high profile and senior executive agreements for individuals and corporations with respect to severance packages, employment agreements and confidentiality agreements. She counsels corporations and executives on the enforceability of non-competition and non-solicitation provisions and has extensive experience with employment risks in connection with mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and corporate restructuring. She also counsels brokerage clients and individuals on employment contract disputes and recruitment issues.
Carol's practice also focuses on risk management. She advises clients on personnel issues such as hiring, firing, downsizing, restructuring, the necessity of a severance agreement and/or the implementation of exit incentive plans, FLSA audits, I-9 audits, FMLA leave and disability leaves. She also works with clients to draft employment policies and manuals, conducts seminars and sensitivity training programs, and investigates claims of sexual harassment. Carol regularly counsels clients to ensure that existing policies comply with federal and state laws and, if necessary, modifies the policies to ensure compliance. She has vast experience in creating policies, procedures and programs with a goal toward reducing the risk of litigation.
Carol is a frequent guest on CNBC's "Power Lunch," "Morning Call" and "Street Signs" segments and appeared as a guest on Forbes.com "Money Masters" speaking on employment matters including employment discrimination litigation, executive compensation and corporate governance issues. Carol was featured in New Jersey's "The Star Ledger" analyzing how New Jersey's medical marijuana bill applies to the workplace.
Carol was also the Former Deputy Mayor and Trustee of the Village of Rye Brook and the former chair person and current member of Rye Brook's Ethics Committee.