Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced that Crosby A. Sommers has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group and Rochester office.

Sommers provides advice to clients regarding compensation and benefits arrangements, including incentive compensation, equity compensation, deferred compensation, employment, retention, severance and change in control arrangements. He has advised public and private companies on employee benefit, executive compensation, and tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, securities offerings, financing transactions, financial products, and private investment funds. His previous legal experience includes working with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, where he was an associate in the firm’s Tax practice. Sommers also helped found Liberty Avenue Middle School, a public middle school in Brooklyn.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester, Sommers earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and also received a master’s degree from the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York.

Harter Secrest & Emery has a nationally recognized Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice. The firm’s attorneys work with employers on a wide and varied range of employee benefit and executive compensation plans, assisting on some of the largest and most sophisticated plans in the country. In the complex and ever-evolving world of employee benefits, Harter Secrest & Emery interacts with clients on a daily basis on complex issues including design and implementation of retirement and health and welfare benefit plans, legal compliance, compensation arrangements, benefits integration, legislative and regulatory changes, litigation issues, fiduciary protection, and plan investments, including private equity investments.

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