Ed Winsman counsels companies on their rights and obligations related to employee resignations and terminations. He represents employers in injunctive relief actions to protect trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenants, as well as other post-employment litigation. Ed defends employers against discrimination allegations raised by current and former employees.
Ed practices in both trial and appellate courts on the state and federal level. He frequently appears before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panels. Prior to joining Rubin Fortunato, Ed served as a law clerk for the Honorable Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter, President Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Obtained arbitration award of over $1 million on breach of contract claim and successfully defended against claims by former employee, including breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and tortious interference with business relationships, for which former employee sought $6 million.
Merrill Lynch v. Schena, FINRA-DR No. 12-03215, Miami, FL (2015)
Obtained arbitration award of nearly $400,000, including attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim against former employee.
Merrill Lynch v. Schroeder, FINRA-DR No. 14-01408, Orlando, FL (2015)
Obtained arbitration award of over $170,000, including attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim and successfully defended former employee’s counterclaims for fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract.
Merrill Lynch v. Goldberg, FINRA-DR No. 12-02692, Phoenix, AZ (2013)
Obtained directed verdict in arbitration on claims by former employee under the Anti-Tying provision of the federal Bank Holding Company Act. Obtained defense award on remaining claims of constructive discharge, breach of contract, tortious interference, and defamation. Obtained judgment for over $300,000, plus attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim.
Merrill Lynch v. Bray, FINRA-DR No. 12-00084, Tampa, FL (2013)
Obtained arbitration award of over $780,000 on breach of contract claim against former employee and successfully defeated counterclaims seeking more than a quarter of a million dollars in incentive awards and secured dismissal of age discrimination claim prior to arbitration.
Merrill Lynch v. Lynn, FINRA-DR No. 10-01448, Los Angeles, CA (2011)
Obtained arbitration award of over $185,000, including attorney’s fees, against former employee on breach of contract claim and successfully defeated counterclaims for breach of contract and fraud.
Merrill Lynch v. Ziencik, FINRA Case No. 08-04247, Pittsburgh, PA (2010)