"Associate Attorney Employment Agreement Template" - Georgia (United States)


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Employment and Duties
Additional Benefits
This AGREEMENT made as of this ___ day of _______, 19__, between _________
& _________, hereinafter referred to as the "Firm" and _________, hereinafter referred to as the
The Firm is a Partnership/Professional Service Corporation formed under the laws of
Georgia to render legal services.
The Attorney is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.
The Firm and the Attorney desire to have the attorney practice law as an employee of
the Firm.
It is agreed by and between the parties as follows:
Section 1. Employment and Duties.
The Firm employs the Attorney and the Attorney accepts
employment as an attorney in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
1.2. Full Time. The Attorney shall devote full working time and attention to the
practice of law for the Firm and the Attorney shall not, without the written consent of the Firm, directly
or indirectly render services of a professional nature to or for any person or firm except as an employee
of the Firm.
1.3. Duties and Assignments. The Firm shall determine the duties to be performed by
the Attorney and the means and the manner by which those duties shall be performed. The Firm shall
determine the assignment of clients to the Attorney and the Attorney shall perform services for such
clients assigned. The Firm shall determine the rates at which the Attorney's work shall be billed.
Section 2. Compensation.
2.1. Salary. For all services rendered by the Attorney under this Agreement, the Firm
shall pay the Attorney an annual salary of $_________, payable monthly or as may otherwise be
mutually agreed. The salary may be changed by mutual agreement of the parties at any time.
2.2. Bonus. In addition to the salary specified in 2.1, the Attorney may receive a
bonus. The bonus, if any, will be in such amounts as the Firm may determine in its absolute discretion.
Section 3. Partnership. It is the policy of the Firm to employ as attorneys persons who
will be given the opportunity to become partners in the Firm. The Firm after a certain number of years
will make the determination as to whether the Attorney will be admitted to partnership.
Section 4. Facilities.
4.1. Office. The Firm shall furnish the Attorney with office space, staff assistance and
such other facilities and services as are reasonably necessary to the performance of the Attorney's
4.2. Liability Insurance. The Firm shall maintain professional liability insurance
covering the acts and omissions of the Attorney in the performance of the Attorney's professional
4.3. Travel. The Attorney may be required to travel on business for the Firm, and shall
be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred, provided, however, that a detailed
account of such expenses is provided to the Firm.
4.4. Professional Societies. The Firm shall pay the Attorney's dues for membership in
The Georgia Bar and the American Bar Association.
4.5. Education. The Firm shall pay the reasonable amount of expenses incurred by the
Attorney to maintain or improve the Attorney's professional skills. The Attorney agrees to submit to
the Firm such documentation as may be necessary to substantiate such expenses.
Section 5. Additional Benefits.
5.1. Medical Insurance. The Firm agrees to provide coverage for the Attorney, the
Attorney's spouse and dependents under a group accident and health insurance policy, the terms and
benefits of which shall be determined by the Firm.
5.2. Vacation. The Attorney shall be entitled to reasonable vacation time each year;
however, the Attorney's vacation will be scheduled at such time as will least interfere with the business
of the Firm. The Attorney is further entitled to time off on all holidays normally celebrated in
accordance with the Firms stated policy.
5.3. Life Insurance. The Firm may provide group life insurance coverage, in amounts
which shall be determined by the Firm.
5.4. Retirement Plan. The Attorney shall participate in any Firm qualified retirement
plan according to the terms of said plan as amended from time to time.
5.5. Disability. In the event the Attorney is unable to perform his or her regular duties
as a result of personal disability the Firm will pay the Attorney's salary during such disability for a total
of ninety (90) days in any twelve (12) month period.
Section 6. Operations.
6.1. Records and Files. All records, documents, and files concerning clients of the
Firm shall belong to and remain the property of the Firm. On termination of employment, the Attorney
shall not be entitled to keep or reproduce the Firm's records, documents or files relating to any client
unless the client shall specifically request that its files be transmitted to the Attorney.
6.2. Fees. All fees and compensation received or realized as a result of the rendition of
professional legal services by the Attorney shall belong to and be paid to the Firm. Any fee or
honoraria received by the Attorney for professional services or other professional activities performed
by the Attorney shall belong to the Firm.
Section 7. Term.
7.1. One Year, Automatic Extension. The term of this Agreement shall begin on the
date hereof and continue for a period of one year and shall be automatically extended from year to year
unless terminated in accordance with this section.
7.2. Events of Termination. This Agreement shall be terminated upon the happening
of any of the following events:
.The death of the Attorney
.The determination of the Firm that the Attorney has become disabled.
.Dismissal for cause of the Attorney as hereinafter provided.
.Occurrence of the effective date of termination, notice of which has been given in
writing by either party to the other, so long as there are at least sixty (60) days
between giving of the notice and the effective date of termination.
.The mutual written agreement of the Attorney and the Firm to termination.
7.3. Termination on Disability. The Firm may determine that the Attorney has become
disabled for purposes of this Agreement in the event that the Attorney shall fail, because of illness or
incapacity, to render for ninety (90) days or more in any year, services of the character contemplated by