Employment Contracts

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreement Attorneys

Protect Yourself with an Ironclad Employment Contract

For more about our Employment Law legal services and what your rights as an employee are, please see our “Bay Area Employment Law Attorney” page. Or for other types of employee work-related issues we fight for our clients, see the links to the right.

You’ve Just Been Hired. Do You Need an Attorney?

There are typically two key times that you may need an attorney to review employment agreements:

  1. When you are negotiating an employment contract and related compensation agreements at the start of your employment; and
  2. When you are negotiating a severance agreement at the end of your employment.

Venardi Zurada LLP has extensive experience negotiating and drafting employment contracts, executive compensation agreements, and severance agreements.  The decisions you make now will affect your livelihood for several years to come. Before entering into an employment contract or consenting to a severance agreement, you should obtain counsel from one of our experienced San Francisco Bay Area employment attorneys.

We provide advice, services, and representation to executives and professionals in matters involving employment contracts and severance agreements. Attorneys Mark Venardi or Martin Zurada will conduct an in-depth interview with you to understand your employer’s expectations, your current career path, and your long-term career goals. We will then develop a negotiation strategy designed to obtain the optimal employment contract for you. In some cases, this may involve recommending changes in one or more clauses in the proposed contract. In others, we may actively negotiate substantial enhancements in the proposed contract on your behalf.


If you are an employee who feels their rights have been violated, or you need help negotiating or reviewing your employee contract, please call to speak to one of our expert employment law attorneys at (935) 937-3900 or submit the form to the right.

When litigation or mediation is involved, and we are able to take your case, there is never any fee or expense to you of any kind until you get paid! That means we pay all litigation costs which you will not be required to pay back, and we only get paid if you get paid.

We have four offices to serve you in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and Walnut Creek, and serve clients throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area including the entire Silicon Valley and throughout California.