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Henry L. Saurborn Jr.

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P: 212-338-9100
F: 646-607-9373
saurborn@ksmlaw.com

Henry L. Saurborn Jr.

Overview

For more than thirty years, Henry L. Saurborn, Jr. has represented domestic and international clients facing a wide variety of complex legal problems, both locally and across the United States.  After law school, Henry clerked for several years for a federal judge at both the trial and appellate levels, which has helped him assist his clients to successfully navigate their disputes through the federal and state trial and appellate courts and in arbitration.  Before co-founding KSM in 1997, Henry honed his skills at one of the leading international law firms and several smaller boutique firms.

Henry principally focuses his practice in representing individuals and small business owners in employment and business ownership matters and disputes.  He has extensive experience in representing his clients in matters involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, and has helped his clients both successfully defend and prosecute claims in this area.

He also represents and counsels his clients with respect to their external business disputes, whether in court or arbitration, employment issues including wage and hour matters, business formation, equity restructuring and borrowing, succession planning and business acquisitions and sales.

Henry also regularly advises and represents physicians and other allied health professionals with respect to employment and business ownership issues as well as matters of professional conduct and discipline and medical practice organization and management.

Henry serves as a court-appointed neutral and mediator, including pro bono, for the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Experience

Henry’s recent client engagements include:

  • Successfully defended a court action seeking to enjoin a sales professional from continuing employment with a competing entity, and successfully prosecuted counterclaims for unpaid sales commissions, obtaining a verdict under the New York Labor Law for unpaid commissions, statutory liquidated damages and attorney’s fees.
  • Successfully resolved breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims brought against a former major accounting firm partner.
  • Successfully tried and obtained a verdict in favor of a medical professional who suffered whistleblower retaliation by hospital administrators because of complaints made while serving as a member of multiple medical care quality control review committees.
  • Successfully defeated a court action by a medical practice to enjoin a former physician from establishing and conducting an independent practice in a nearby geographic area.
  • Represented and advised medical and financial services industry executives and professionals in negotiating new employment and equity participation terms, including in the context of acquisitions of existing employers, and with respect to professional moves to other leading industry firms. 

Recognition

  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Directory, New York Metro, 2013-2019
  • Awarded “Distinguished” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Testimonials

“In an extremely complex legal system, it is important to have experienced and professional counsel; counsel who will advocate on your behalf. With his broad and extensive knowledge of the law, Henry Saurborn guided and supported me to successfully win my case. I couldn’t have done it without this dynamic attorney behind me who went above and beyond to protect my rights. I am truly thankful I found him.” — President and COO of wholesale distribution firm

“I have no hesitation in recommending Henry Saurborn for all employment matters. During my career, I have sought his advice and counsel a number of times when changing jobs and most recently on setting up my own business. He is knowledgeable, has integrity and cares about his clients.” — Co-Founder and CEO of leading marketing agency

“I had the great fortune of finding Henry Saurborn and Dan Kaiser when I was in need of a top law firm to handle my case which had many levels of discovery that were needed in order to win.  Working together was like watching a “well-oiled machine ” in action. They weeded through the lies and corruption and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was telling the truth and won my case.  I would personally use them again in a heartbeat, if I ever needed a law firm and would recommend them unconditionally to anyone who needs/wants a competent, caring team that makes things happen!!!”  — Managing Partner of media company

“Henry Saurborn & David Mair were successful in defending us against a former employer, which utilized a much larger law firm and outspent us substantially.  How? – they just worked smarter.  I highly recommend them.” – CFO of marketing agency

Education

  • J.D., New York Law School, 1986
    Cum Laude
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1983
    Cum Laude Honors, Phi Sigma Iota, Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York, 1987

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section