Robert Kraus is a founding and managing partner of Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP. He has broad and extensive experience in all areas of employment law. Mr. Kraus regularly counsels the most senior executive and other top management from scores of major U.S. and multinational corporations, as well as other highly compensated individuals in a wide range of industries.
Mr. Kraus regularly litigates, arbitrates and mediates a wide variety of executive employment disputes, including whistleblower, bonus, non-compete/non-solicit, ERISA, Title VII, Section 1981 and ADEA and claw back claims. Recent notable victories include seven and eight figure awards and settlements on behalf of: a senior executive and minority shareholder who was forced out of a successful private manufacturing and distribution company; an executive in a financial services firm with a disputed equity stake; 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 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. 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 had been a co-chair of the ADR Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, 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.