Greenbaum, William I.

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Address: 95 Route 17 South Suite 316, Paramus, NJ 07652
Lawyer Firm: Nicoll Davis & Spinella LLP
Phone: 201-254-0777
Fax: 201-712-9444

Areas of Practice Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Employment Counseling & Litigation, Life Sciences, Litigation

Bill tackles potentially volatile employment law matters with pragmatism and a thorough understanding of the employers he represents. Backed by 17 years of experience as Assistant General Counsel for Employment Law at Warner-Lambert, he provides clients with practical solutions to difficult employment situations while minimizing costs and interruptions to their business.

A "fine lawyer with an excellent reputation" (Chambers USA), Bill focuses on all aspects of employment law, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. He has extensive experience handling employment and severance agreements, policies, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, safety and health, immigration, ERISA, security and workplace investigations, and corporate compliance. In addition, he regularly resolves matters on behalf of employers before the EEOC; the U.S. Department of Labor; numerous state and local counterparts to these agencies; and the many federal, state, and local agencies that investigate and audit compliance with and enforcement of employment laws.

Bill also maintains deep ties to his community. He currently serves on the board of Free the Slaves, and formerly served on the boards of both Jersey Battered Women’s Service and the New Jersey Ballet. He is a founding member of the Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys, an association of experienced labor/employment lawyers engaged as advocates for management.


Represented a pharmaceutical company in a major reorganization that involved two plant closures and nine reductions in force. Provided advice and prepared documentation relating to plant closures, federal and state WARN Act issues, reduction-in-force issues, severance payments, benefits continuation, releases of claims, and compliance with wage and hour laws in 50 states. Worked closely with the client’s legal, human resources and payroll departments and its outside insurance and outplacement service providers to ensure the orderly handling of more than 600 employee separations and/or relocations. Continues to handle reductions in force and individual performance-based terminations for the client on an ongoing basis.Advised a leveraged buyout firm on the employment and employee benefits aspects of the $2.4 billion carve out of the world’s largest producer of hard capsules and an innovator in drug delivery systems. Bill provided legal counsel on employment law issues, negotiated employee contracts, advised on and drafted benefits programs, and assisted with setting up payroll in more than a dozen countries.Represented a major pharmaceutical company in litigation against its insurance carrier, which refused to cover the defense of an employee’s claim of age, sex and disability discrimination under an existing employment practices liability insurance policy.


In an interview with Governor David Paterson on WOR 710 Radio, William Greenbaum discusses the legality of employers asking for access to potential employees’ social networking accounts, including potential discrimination under the anti‐discrimination laws and issues relating to concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act. WOR 710 Radio, April 3, 2012.In The Christian Science Monitor, William Greenbaum comments on the laws relating to employers’ monitoring of employees’ private social media postings. The Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2012.In a Law360 article, William Greenbaum comments on companies that require current or prospective employees to provide their social media passwords. Law360, March 22, 2012.Lowenstein Sandler’s addition of William Greenbaum as Member of the Firm in the Employment and Labor group, is highlighted. AM Law Daily, April 30, 2009.

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