Firm Principal & Founder
Recommended. Knowledgeable. Attentive.
Most companies look for these traits when hiring legal counsel – and they’re the same traits demonstrated by Eric M. Sarver throughout his legal career.
Mr. Sarver opened Sarver Law Firm, PLLC, in April of 2001, after beginning his career as an associate attorney at a Park Avenue law firm and then subsequently moving on to a position at a prominent civil rights firm. For more than 20 years, Eric Sarver has successfully advanced his clients’ interests during complex employment law and labor disputes – whether in mediation, arbitration, or in the courts – in defense of management, and on behalf of employees as well.
Mr. Sarver uses his wealth of legal experience to guide companies through the complex maze of compliance with ever-changing labor and employment laws, thus reducing your company’s risk of liability, penalties, and negative press or exposure. Moreover, Mr. Sarver counsels, defends, and represents companies and business owners in various matters of business law, including:
- Business entity formation, restructuring, and dissolution/wind down (LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, P.C., PLLC).
- Shareholder Agreements, Operating Agreements, and Investor Agreements.
- Licensing Agreements.
- Negotiating Buy-Sell Agreements and purchase and sale of businesses.
- Drafting and Negotiating Executive Business Contracts.
Positive Track Record:
Mr. Sarver is well known for his zealous defense and ardent advocacy of his clients.
On behalf of employers and management, Mr. Sarver has:
- Successfully defended companies in New York State Department of Labor Audits, Investigations and Administrative Proceedings – resulting in the NYS Department of Labor dropping charges, closing their investigations, and negotiating down penalties, fines, and wage claims by a 300% reduction from their original judgment or adverse decision.
- Negotiated settlements of potential seven-figure claims brought by former employees, partners, and workers.
- Defended businesses in federal court from class action claims for unpaid wages and overtime within the restaurant and hospitality industries.
On behalf of employees and laborers, Mr. Sarver has:
- Procured over $2 million in settlements and verdicts – both in federal and state court – in employment and labor law cases against prominent banks, global corporations, and agencies.
- Perfected appeals reversing 20-year precedents in commercial matters involving employment law issues.
- Successfully settled NLRB and New York Labor Law (NYLL) cases against large corporations, including in the hotel industry and the cosmetics field.
- Procured substantial commission payment to clients (employees) in six-figure disputes with large companies, navigating the New York Labor Law and leveraging complex contract law arguments to prevail.
Adept and Knowledgeable:
Mr. Sarver is frequently asked to share his knowledge on employment and labor law issues, including employee and employer rights, sexual harassment, and First Amendment issues facing public employees. Over the years, Attorney Eric Sarver has provided interviews, seminars, and workshops and has been a guest panelist at several prominent events, including the International Franchise Expo – a global, annual franchise conference – as well as the New York State Society of CPAs and SCORE NYC.
Mr. Sarver has also conducted Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training for other attorneys in matters related to diversity and inclusion issues within the workplace. As a seasoned employment law attorney, Mr. Sarver was selected as an authority on employment law by Online Compliance Panel, an international compliance training company, to provide webinar training for management on issues involving employment law, labor law, and business law.
He has published articles on employment and labor law in national publications such as Modern Restaurant Magazine, Hackernoon’s blogsite, and a host of related online and print publications.
Recommended and Diligent:
There is no greater endorsement than the recommendation of a satisfied client. Mr. Sarver has been referred time and again by his clients, with each testimonial attesting to his diligence, successful results, attention to clients’ needs, precision, and detail.
Click here to see what other satisfied clients have said about hiring Mr. Sarver as their main counsel.
Eric Sarver, Esq., has been frequently sought out by reporters for quotes or interviews, on in-the-news, cutting edge labor and employment law issues. To name a few recent examples, Mr. Sarver has been quoted and/or interviewed in the following recognized publications:
Society for Human Resource Management (written by John Egan, “How Can Employers Best Use the Work Opportunity Tax Credit?”); November, 2022
American Coin Op (written by Bruce Beggs, “ADA Compliance in Your Self-Service Laundry (Part 1)”); October, 2022
American Coin Op (written by Bruce Beggs, “ADA Compliance in Your Self-Service Laundry (Conclusion)”); October, 2022
New York Law Journal (written by Carol Schiro Greenwald, “Some Pandemic-Created Changes Are Beneficial”); November, 2021
HR Roundtable Webinar Part One (written with Simone Sloan, Your Choice Coach; “How are HR Leaders and Business Owners Rethinking The Workplace in a New Era?”); June, 2021
HR Roundtable Webinar Part Two (written with Simone Sloan, Your Choice Coach; “How HR Leaders and Business Owners Can Respond To A Changed Workplace”); June, 2021
Business Talk Radio (Interviewed by Jill Nicolini – www.businesstalkradio1.com “Business Talk Radio’s Exclusive Interview with Eric Sarver, Esq: COVID-19 Related Issues Faced By Employers”); July, 2020
New York Law Journal (quoted by Janet Falk – Falk Communications & Research “Using COVID-19 as a Springboard for New Marketing Activity”); July, 2020
Kidon IP (Interviewed by David L. Cohen, Esq. – www.kidonip.com “Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Eric M. Sarver, Esq.”); June, 2020
New York Law Journal (quoted by Janet Falk – Falk Communications & Research “Social Media Activity for the Solo Attorney”); May, 2020
U.S. News & World Report (“Workplace Laws Your Employer May Be”); October, 2019
Diversity Woman Magazine (Interviewed by Kimberly Olson: “Sexual Harassment At Work: Expert Advice On How To Respond”); October, 2018
The Cheat Sheet (discussing the legality of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s recording of her employer, from an employment law perspective); August, 2018
Jason Rossi Article (weighing in on First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment Rights of public employees, vis-à-vis the arrest of a teacher in Louisiana, for protesting raises at a school board meeting); (January, 2018)
Nail Pro Magazine (interviewed by Tracy Morin, for an article on independent contractor and employee classification within the salon industry); January, 2018
The Cheat Sheet (“Sexual Harassment at Work: What to Do If You’ve Been Harassed”); (Dec. 2017);
Weekly Talk Radio Show:
EMPLOYMENT LAW TODAY
Helping Business With Employment Law Issues.
Mr. Sarver is hosting his weekly talk radio show “Employment Law Today”, helping business with employment law issues, on TalkRadio.NYC. He is discussing the most common employment law related questions and challenges that business owners have been facing in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show has three main goals: (1) to inform businesses about employment law updates, (2) to inspire businesses by giving them the tools to move forward, and (3) to demonstrate how some business owners have overcome their employment law problems, walked through the challenges imposed by this pandemic, and have taken steps to regain traction during the reopening phases of this pandemic. His guests include professionals who advise businesses from an H.R., legal, and financial perspective, along with thriving business owners who share their experiences and insights into running a successful company while complying with labor and employment law mandates during COVID-19.
To view all episodes, click here.
Mr. Sarver graduated cum laude from Binghamton University in 1995 and earned his J.D. at Hofstra University Law School in 1998, where he was a Dean’s List scholar and earned the Leon Stern Academic Award. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, in both the state and federal courts (Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York). Eric has been active in civic matters throughout his career, and lives in New Jersey with his wife and their son. Off the clock, Mr. Sarver enjoys cycling, working out at the gym, playing guitar, listening to live music, reflecting at the beach, and creative writing.