Savine Employment Law, Ltd. provides coaching and legal counsel to Chicago and Illinois executives at all stages of their careers. With extensive experience working directly with boards of directors, CEOs, CFOs and human resources departments on both sides of executive matters, we help our clients advocate effectively for their rights while, to the maximum extent possible, preserve and enhance their reputations and relationships with their employers.
We assist CEOs, CFOs, C-suite executives, high- and mid-level level managers, professionals, and independent contractors, among others, in understanding and negotiating employment contracts, compensation packages, change-in-control agreements, partnership agreements, retention agreements, consulting agreements, non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants, severance agreements and expatriate agreements.
Our services for executives include:
Post-Employment Restrictions. We advise executives on the impact and enforceability of restrictive covenants, including non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-compete agreements.
Coaching for Negotiation. We coach executives on negotiations with their companies’ boards of directors and c-suite over compensation, contracts and separations.
Defensive Dispute Resolution. We help executives resolve disputes with employers over accusations of fraud, trade secret theft, breaches of fiduciary duty, and other accusations of wrongdoing unique to the executive ranks.
Compensation Assessments. We benchmark and advise on the adequacy and appropriateness of executive compensation and severance offers, including bonuses, benefits, indemnification arrangements, equity grants, and other forms of deferred and incentive compensation.
Expatriates. For expatriates, advising on their unique employment issues, such as identifying potential conflicts between US employment law and the laws of their home or host foreign countries, and addressing their other distinctive needs both before launch and upon their repatriation.
See what our clients have to say about us:
When it comes to negotiation, Gary’s skills can appear almost magical. I hired Gary to help me with an executive-level transition, as I was exited from a six-figure job and starting a new job with a direct competitor. Gary identified hidden traps in the severance offer from my former employer that could have resulted in me losing both the severance and my job. He then negotiated with my former employer to clear the traps and protect my severance, without burning any of my professional bridges. Gary really knows how companies think. In my case, it translated into great results. Gary makes it look easy.
– SALES EXECUTIVE, 9/20/2016 (NAME WITHHELD AT CLIENT’S REQUEST)
Gary was wonderful. I couldn’t have been luckier when he decided to take my case. It was a very emotional time and Gary was very honest with outcomes and provided all the information that I needed to know. He was a key figure in this journey.
– RETAIL SALES MANAGER, APRIL 13, 2017 (NAME WITHHELD AT CLIENT’S REQUEST)
This was the first time I ever had or needed an attorney, and I’m so glad it was Gary! He explained complex legal issues to me in an easy-to-understand way, and was able to frame options for me to select. This was a challenging time for me emotionally, and whereas I may have given in on some items, he was a strong advocate and negotiated much better terms for me. He was very responsive and accessible when I needed him most. Gary also seems like a genuinely nice person, so someone who could be a great neighbor, friend or attorney.
– CFO of Fortune 1000 Company, June 6, 2017 (Name Withheld at Client’s Request)