Bonus Disputes

New York, California, and Florida Bonus Dispute Attorneys Representing Clients Nationwide

Did you leave your job (either voluntarily or involuntarily) and not receive the bonus or severance package that you earned and were entitled to? If you have a bonus dispute with an investment bank, hedge fund, or private equity firm, contact Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys will discuss the facts of your case with you and discuss the options for informal negotiations, private arbitration, or court litigation.


Most securities industry professionals’ compensation is comprised of a salary and a bonus, with the bonus comprising a significant percentage of their pay. But investment banks and broker-dealers often refuse to pay any bonus at all, eliminate unvested stock, or offer significantly reduced bonuses as part of severance packages when employees are laid off, resign, or are terminated.

Investment banks’ and broker-dealers’ decisions to deprive securities professionals of bonuses earned over the prior year often are unrelated to the professional’s performance or profitability or the profitability of an employee’s division or trading desk. Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. represents securities professionals in compensation and bonus disputes, including:

  • Stock and Option Traders
  • Commodities and Futures traders
  • Bond Traders
  • Currency Traders
  • Derivative Traders
  • Research Analysts
  • Hedge fund Managers
  • Investment bankers

The terms of your employment contract or securities industry customs and standards can be argued as the basis for your right to receive the bonus that you earned. Numerous NYSE, FINRA, and NASD arbitration panels have awarded significant financial damages to former employees who were unjustly deprived of their bonuses or unvested stock. And many bonus disputes resolve through confidential settlement before the arbitration hearing takes place.

If an investment bank, broker-dealer, hedge fund, or private equity firm refused to pay a bonus that you earned, or if you have another compensation dispute, contact  an experienced attorney at Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A., for a free legal consultation today at 888-578-6255. We maintain offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami and we will provide creative and aggressive legal representation for you.