Pastore regularly represents employers in matters involving employment discrimination litigation and general labor and employment law advice.

Our attorneys have successfully resolved employment discrimination cases, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and claims concerning disability accommodation, age discrimination, sex discrimination, race discrimination and the Family Medical Leave Act. Our attorneys have represented employers at all levels of litigation ranging from administrative hearings to class actions. Our attorneys have successfully filed and argued motions for summary judgment for employers in state and federal courts around the country. In addition to handling all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of our clients, our attorneys partner with clients to ensure they are complying with all state and federal employment laws.

We have regularly represented employers and senior executives in connection with covenants not to compete or solicit customers and employers. Several of the matters have received national attention. Our attorneys have also represented clients regarding employment agreements; an employee’s duty of loyalty to an employer; wrongful termination; whistleblower claims (including pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act); internal discipline; and numerous other employment law issues.

Given their substantial experience in the securities industry, our attorneys have represented both firm and registered persons in a myriad of issues related to securities industry registrations, including regulatory “disclosure questions” on Forms U4 and U5, “reason for termination” on Form U5, securities industry examination waivers and other issues. Our attorneys have successfully petitioned FINRA for waivers from securities industry registrations, including the Series 7 and 14A exams, among others.

We represent private equity and hedge fund executives in connection with negotiating and drafting their employment agreements, and litigating related claims across the country.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the former CEO of a health care firm for that firm’s failure to abide by a separation agreement between the two parties.
  • Successfully negotiated a resolution providing our client, terminated after only two months of employment, a much larger severance package than given in the oroginal termination agreement. 
  • Represented a senior executive of a leading currency and derivative broker in defeating a covenant not to compete.
  • Represented a former senior-level executive of medical technology firm regarding violations of compensation and non-disparagement provisions of employment separation agreement.
  • Represented a broker-dealer in connection with enforcement of covenants not to solicit employees and clients.
  • Negotiated Form U5 and other termination aspects for employees of broker-dealers.
  • Prevailed upon FINRA to close with no formal action its investigation against a former employee of large investment bank who was alleged to have committed forgery.
  • Prevailed upon FINRA to permit broker-dealer employees to avoid reporting of criminal charges on their Form U4s.
  • Successfully negotiated reduced sanctions by FINRA against individual registered representatives who were formally charged with violations of securities laws and regulations.
  • Counseled large broker-dealers in developing employment policies, employee handbooks and employment and separation agreements, including consideration of issues related to numerous federal and state employment laws.
  • Represented an executive at a leading commodity brokerage firm in in connection with claims of sexual harassment.
  • Represent a minority shareholder and the president of a construction management company in connection with claims against billionaire real estate mogul related to unpaid wages and purported termination from the company.
  • Represented a hedge fund managing executive in connection with claims and breach of covenant not to compete and confidentiality provision of contract in California State Court.
  • Represented CEO of a division of a major fashion company based in Los Angeles in connection to negation of employment contract.