Jozwiak Co-Authors Article on Drafting Effective Settlement Agreements

July 10, 2017 - Firm partner Chris Jozwiak co-authored an article that was published in the July 2017 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Titled “Effective Drafting for Employment Settlement Agreements” and co-written with attorney Sarah Bushnell of Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala PA, the feature examines how both parties in an employment law dispute can benefit from a simplified and concise settlement agreement.

In the article, Jozwiak and Bushnell address several factors that can help keep the settlement process and settlement agreement simple yet effective, including drafting a term sheet of critical elements at the time of settlement, keeping language simple, particularly in the claims release section of the agreement, and writing the confidentiality clause for real-life likelihoods. They also note that a non-disparagement clause can be useful and effective for both parties under the right circumstances if the parties consider drafting the clause to be narrowly tailored and unnecessarily restrictive.

In short, many important clauses of a well-crafted agreement can be written using just a few sentences, and yet will accomplish their fundamental purposes. Simplifying these essential terms can help reduce settlement roadblocks, make the settlement agreement more acceptable to the parties and attorneys alike, and allow the parties to move on from the dispute.

You can read the article in full here.

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