Robert D. Kraus has broad and extensive experience in all areas of employment law. He has litigated all types of employment disputes, including whistleblower, bonus and other executive compensation, non-compete/non-solicit, ERISA, Title VII and ADEA and claw back claims. Recent notable victories include substantial monetary awards on behalf of: a former insurance company executive who asserted a whistleblower claim under Sarbanes-Oxley; the president of a multi-billion dollar radio station owner / operator who had been constructively terminated following a change-in-control; the former CFO of a large diversified multi-national company who had his lump sum retirement benefits improperly valued after his resignation; and, a CDO trader at a major financial services firm who was denied performance based bonus compensation following a year-end termination.
Mr. Kraus regularly lectures before various bar association and trade groups on a number of employment law topics, including a widely attended and prestigious annual conference on employment law issues in the financial services industry. Topics that Mr. Kraus has lectured on include executive pay, whistleblower protections, the Dodd-Frank Act, claw back policies, non-compete and other restrictive covenants, executive employment contracts, arbitration, FINRA procedures, privacy issues, and damages in employment law disputes.
Mr. Kraus is active in several major bar associations, including the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Employees Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee and co-chair of its Privacy Committee, the New York State Bar Association, where he is active in the Section on Labor and Employment Law, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he is an active member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee. Mr. Kraus earned his undergraduate degree with Honors from the University of Michigan, and received his law degree from Georgetown University School of Law.