Employment Contracts

Serving Clients in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C. & Throughout the U.S.

Your career is a source of many things: income, personal fulfillment, long-term security. When you're accepting a new job or leaving your current one, you don't want to make any missteps. Your career is too important to risk.

But this is just what many people have to do when presented with an employment or severance contract. If you're not a lawyer, you can struggle to decipher the language of such a contract, and you probably don't know whether a provision is standard or if it should be a point of negotiation.

James Shoemaker can help. As an employment lawyer with decades of experience in Virginia, he understands the complexities of employment contracts. He can look over yours and provide you with learned legal counsel.

If you're a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia or any other community in the Washington, D.C. area and you're concerned about the language in an employment contract, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580.

How We Can Help With Your Employment Contract

Most Americans are at-will employees – this means they can end their employment at any time, and their employer can do the same. But things are a little more complicated for some employees, especially those who are candidates for management positions.

Modern employment contracts are complicated documents. They contain a range of provisions governing any number of elements that are crucial to your career. Some of these provisions are standard and shouldn't cause too much stress. But some can dramatically restrict your freedom of movement, and should be the subjects of serious discussion.

Mr. Shoemaker and the lawyers and paralegals at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein can help with the following documents:

  • New employment contracts
  • Severance agreements
  • Non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants

It's important to remember that, as with your compensation package, your employment contract should be a subject of negotiation. You should not simply sign a contract your employer or potential employer puts in front of you.

We can help you determine which provisions or acceptable, which are worth negotiating over and which should be struck from the contract entirely. We provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to make informed, confident decisions about your future.

If you're looking for a lawyer in Virginia with ample experience reviewing and interpreting employment contracts, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580.