Steven G. Eckhaus, head of Cadwalader's Executive Compensation and Benefits group, concentrates his practice on executive compensation, employment law and related litigation. Steve has earned a national reputation representing industry leaders in financial services, technology, sports, media, real estate and education.
Steve joined the firm from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where he was chair of the firm's Executive Employment practice. Equally adept in the courtroom as around the negotiating table, Steve is rated by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executiveas among the 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America and, for each of the past three years, he has been recognized as one of the 20 leading ERISA and Employee Benefits Attorneys.
Steve has negotiated more than $5 billion in pay for his clients. The technical core of his executive employment practice includes negotiating, drafting and reviewing operating agreements, partnership agreements, employment agreements, separations, restrictive covenants, confidentiality, trade secret and inventions agreements, carried interest, equity and cash compensation plans.
Steve has served as the owners' representative on the supervisory boards of iconic New York City properties such as the Empire State Building, negotiated and supervised the purchases of New York City office buildings, 1031 exchanges and multi-million dollar leasing transactions.
Steve is a sought-after speaker and author on the design of compensation plans, executive pay, employment agreements and statutory civil actions.
Steve received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School, and his B.S. from Cornell University. He is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. Steve is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and District of New Jersey. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Cornell University Library Advisory Council, and Hastings Law School Center for WorkLife Law Advisory Board.
Steve continues to have considerable courtroom success for his executive employment clients, successfully litigating disputes involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete, confidentiality and inventions agreements. Steve is also responsible for important public policy achievements, advancing individual rights that we now take for granted.
• In the Matter of Trezza, 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 20206 (S.D.N.Y.), Steve fought for, and established, the right of mothers to equal treatment in employment.
• In Goldstick v. The Hartford, Inc., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15247 (S.D.N.Y.), a matter he filed in 2000, Steve was among the first lawyers to champion flexible work arrangements.
• Steve's successful argument in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Morelli v. Cedel (141 F. 3d 39 (2d Cir. 1998)), overturned more than a decade of adverse precedent and expanded the jurisdiction of the courts to protect US workers employed by foreign corporations.