David T. Harmon

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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New York


David is Peer Review Rated
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    • J.D., 1985
    • Law Review Editor
  • Tufts University
    • B.A., Psychology, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)



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David T. Harmon, a member of the firm, focuses his practice on the areas of executive compensation, employment and business law.

As Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, David represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and all associated agreements, whether at the commencement of the employment relationship through offer letters and employment agreements or at termination through severance agreements. His successful negotiation of employment and severance packages for clients includes employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation and garden leave covenants, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, change of control provisions, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages. His representation also includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, and the design of human resources compliance programs, including employee policy manuals, and counseling and training concerning implementation of those policies.

David provides comprehensive employment evaluations, strategic solutions, and coaching within a variety of industries, including financial services, marketing, advertising, health care, design, branding, publishing, fashion, engineering, real estate and pharmaceutical.

He also represents small and medium-sized companies in all of their general corporate and transactional matters.

David is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association. He is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

David has published many articles and frequently speaks on various legal topics. David is frequently quoted. Most recently, the Wall Street Journal and Broker's World, a Dow Jones Newswire publication. He has also been quoted in the Hedge Fund Law Report, the definitive source of actionable intelligence on hedge funds, and was quoted in the annual advisor compensation report in Registered Rep., the financial professionals' source for breaking news, advice, and what is happening in the industry. He also co-authored a chapter entitled “Perspectives for Management and Executives on Structuring and Negotiating the Package: It’s Not Just About the Dollars” for a book entitled Inside the Minds: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Plans for Aspatore Books, a Thomson Business Publisher. At the beginning of 2012, David launched his blog Transitions in Employment, which focuses on developments in employment agreements, offer letters, severance packages, garden leaves and non-compete and non-solicitation restrictions, confidentiality agreements, changes in control, deferred compensation, stock options, bonuses, commissions, equity and benefits.

Following a clerkship in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, David began his career at the Wall Street law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.

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