Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Susan Schultz Laluk

Susan Schultz Laluk

Partner

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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Sue has been handling complex business transactions from conception to execution for start-ups as well as established companies for over 30 years. She has extensive experience representing clients with the formation of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and drafting and negotiating agreements that are integral to business operations, including the licensing of software and other intellectual property. Sue brings all of these skills together to serve the needs of start-up technology companies as a member of the firm's emerging technologies team.

Sue also assists employers with compliance, termination, and discrimination issues and counsels executive-level employees with employment, compensation, and severance agreements. Sue is the former president of the Monroe County Bar Association and previously served as a partner at Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP, where she chaired the Corporate Practice Group and the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Sue is an active member of the firm's Women's Forum, helping to plan the annual client networking event in Rochester and mentoring women associates in the Rochester office.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated numerous procurement, licensing, maintenance, and other agreements for a multi-hospital not-for-profit health care organization.
  • Negotiated numerous Master License Agreements, OEM Agreements and Distribution Agreements for a client with Fortune 100 companies in the United States and internationally.
  • Represents executive level employees in negotiating employment, compensation, and separation agreements, including stock options, deferred compensation, 409A compliance, and golden parachutes.
  • Represents clients in the registration and protection of trademarks and copyrights.
  • Represents clients in in-licensing, out-licensing, sub-licensing, OEM, and SaaS of their intellectual property, particularly software.
  • Assists companies and business owners in business succession planning and transitioning ownership to family members and/or key employees.
  • Represents buyers and sellers in purchasing and selling businesses and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represents entrepreneurs and start-up clients in the formation, growth, and financing of their businesses, specifically technology businesses.
  • Represents clients on sophisticated business transactions in the software development, technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields.
  • Represented doctors, medical practices, and other professional service providers in drafting and negotiating employment agreements, partnership agreements, and buy-in and buy-out arrangements.
  • Represented credit unions and not-for-profit organizations in general business, compliance, and employee issues.
  • Represented employers in navigating employment compliance issues, drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, providing on-site supervisor seminars and harassment training, advising on termination and discplinary issues, and defending discrimination claims with the Human Rights Division and EEOC.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Law Review, Moot Court Board, Order of the Coif, 1985
  • St. Lawrence University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1985

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Monroe County Bar Association, Former President, Treasurer, Trustee, Dean of Academy, Business Law Council Chair, and  Disability, Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-Chair
  • New York State Bar Association, Former House of Delegates Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, Former Director and Treasurer
  • Primerus, Former Business/Corporate/International Practice Group Chair

Civic Activities

  • 2017 Rochester Venture Challenge Business Plan Semi-Finals, Judge, April 27, 2017
  • Digital Rochester, Inc., Founder and Former President and Executive Leadership Team member
  • Wilson Commencement Park, Former President and Director
  • HTR Pre-Seed Workshop, Panel Judge, November 14, 2014

Speaking & Publications

  • "What Every Employer Needs to Know About Changes in Wage and Hour Laws, NY Paid Leave, Employment Discrimination, and Personnel Policies," Finger Lakes East JSEC, September 20, 2016
  • "Workplace Policies Re-Defined for 2016," Barclay Damon, June 28, 2016
  • "What Every Employer Needs to Know About FMLA and the ADA," Barclay Damon, April 19, 2016
  • "How to Discipline and Fire Employees and Not Get Sued," Small Business Council of Rochester, May 13, 2015
  • "Translating Discovery Into Practice: Protecting Your IP," Rochester Institute of Technology, February 26, 2015
  • "Federal and NYS Wage Hour Issues," MCBA Disability, Labor and Employment Law Committee, February 11, 2015  
  • "Starting Your Own Business," WDKX Women Entrepreneurs Conference, September 20, 2014
  • "Intellectual Property and Start Up Businesses" Webinar, High Technology of Rochester, July 23, 2014
  • "Employee Handbooks," Monroe County Job Service Employer Committee, July 22, 2014
  • "Trademarks, Copyrights, and NDAs," High Technology of Rochester Launch Pad, May 9, 2014
  • "Are You Ready to Discipline and Terminate Employees?," Hiscock & Barclay, April 23, 2014
  • "Decision Makers' Forum - Succession Planning: It's Never Too Early to Get Started," Small Business Council's Decision Making Forum, February 25, 2014
  • "Wage-Hour Update," Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers Enterprise, January 10, 2014
  • "Are You Ready for Year-End Employment Issues?," Hiscock & Barclay, October 30, 2013
  • "realBusiness Succession Planning," Financial Architects, September 2013
  • "Employment Law Update," Finger Lakes East Job Service Employer Committee, September 2013
  • "Licensing Technology," StartFast Venture Accelerator, July 2013
  • "Effective Use of Buy-Sell Agreements in Succession Planning," Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, May 2013
  • "Trade Secrets, NDAs, Copyrights, and Trademarks," High Technology of Rochester LaunchPad, May 2013
  • "Effective Use of Buy-Sell Agreements with Family & Employees," SUCCESSion Symposium, February 2013
  • "Social Media is the New Water Cooler," Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
  • "Reducing Separation Anxiety - Proper Discipline Documentation and Termination Procedures," Finger Lakes Job Service Employer Committee, November 2012
  • "Business Law Nuts & Bolts: Buy-Sell Agreements," Monroe County Bar Association, October 2012
  • "Employment Law Update," Monroe County Job Service Employer Committee, January 2012
  • "Employment Law Update," Finger Lakes Job Service Employer Committee, April 2011
  • "Essential Business Knowledge You Never Knew You Needed," MedTech, March 2011
  • "Misclassification of Employees," Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council, February 2011
  • "Social Media in the Workplace," Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2011
  • "Business Succession Planning," Estate Planning Council of Rochester and Monroe County Bar Association, November 2010
  • "Cyber Risks: What You Don’t Know About Intellectual Property Could Hurt You," CEO/CFO Roundtable, October 2010
  • "Advising Small Business Owners Regarding Exit Planning," Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, June 2010
  • "Employment Law Update," Finger Lakes Job Service Employer Committee, May 2010
  • Event Chair, "MBA Boot Camp for Attorneys,"Monroe County Bar Association, May 2010
  • "Intellectual Property: An Overview for Corporate Counsel," Primerus Defense Institute, April 2010
  • "Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act," Chapter 14, Internet Law and Practice, Thompson West, 2002-2016
  • Co-Author, "Survey of New York Employment Law," 60 Syracuse Law Review 895, 2010
  • Co-Author, "Survey of New York Employment Law," 59 Syracuse Law Review 735, 2009
  • Co-Author, "Survey of New York Employment Law," 58 Syracuse Law Review 955, 2008

Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Business/Corporate, 2008-2018
  • The Daily Record Leaders In Law Award, 2011
  • International Association of Workforce Professionals 1st Place Citation Award, 2005
  • Rochester Business Alliance, Inc. Athena Award Finalist, 2004
  • United Way Community Champion Award, 2004
  • Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, 1997
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys President’s Award, 1993
  • Martindale Hubbell “BV” Peer Review Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP, Partner

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