Serving executives in higher education throughout the United States. Admitted New York and Connecticut bars.

(646) 861-2410 (primary) (203) 984-6265

Distinguished Employment Counsel for Leaders in Higher Education, Universities, Colleges and Independent Schools

We serve college and university Presidents, Heads of School, and other senior academic leaders at every step of their professional journeys, whether they are being hired, being promoted, being fired, or experiencing employment difficulties.

How We Can Help

We are specialists, with a deep understanding of the idiosyncrasies and vicissitudes of the world of higher education. Our niche expertise and unique backgrounds perfectly position us to guide and protect academic executives at every stage of their careers.

We are deal-makers, with a long track record of successfully negotiating lucrative employment and separation agreements for top executives across a wide range of industries. Our clients have included not only university and college Presidents and Heads of School, but also finance executives, traders and money managers, media executives, and publishing personalities.

We are problem-solvers, with four decades of experience in strategizing, negotiating, and resolving crucial elements of the executive employment relationship.

Our Services

Who We Are

George Birnbaum - Attorney

George Birnbaum

Since 1980, sophisticated businesspeople have relied on George to apply the meticulous preparation, attention to detail, and devotion to his clients he learned from fabled trial lawyer Louis Nizer. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, George has over 40 years of distinguished deal-making, litigation, mediation and arbitration experience which he has used to negotiate high-stakes agreements for senior academic executives and select business clients throughout the United States. 

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Lisa Horowitz

Lisa Horowitz

Lisa figured out years ago how to apply her lifelong love of poetry, translation and psychology to her professional passion: executive employment law. With meticulous attention to language, she interprets and powerfully voices her clients’ needs, whether drafting, negotiating or litigating on behalf of the senior executives and academicians she represents in the worlds of finance, media and higher education. Lisa holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar. 

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