Over his 30-plus year tenure at KJK, Alan has provided strong leadership in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, serving organizations of all sizes and industries in creating, strengthening and defending their employment policies and procedures. He also has substantial experience representing companies in a wide variety of corporate matters, and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.
Alan’s approach is to work side-by-side with clients to develop employment strategies that build the growth and health of their companies and head off future risks and challenges. He brings an entrepreneurial mindset to his work that makes him well-suited to serve companies ranging from start-ups to multi-million-dollar firms. Prior to joining KJK, he served as general counsel of the Cleveland-based women’s fashion company Bobbie Brooks, Incorporated, bringing the experience of in-house leadership to best serve clients today.
In addition to helping clients create sound employment strategies, Alan also contributes his expertise to drafting employment and separation agreements, creating employee policy and procedure manuals and representing clients in wrongful discharge, equal employment opportunity and harassment cases.
As a corporate lawyer, Alan’s work includes representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, including negotiating the terms, assisting with due diligence and drafting letters of intent and the related transactional documents. He also provides counsel in connection with distribution and supply agreements, the development of standard terms and conditions, and in avoiding and resolving business-related disputes.
Alan is a devoted supporter of Cleveland’s arts community, especially the Cleveland Play House, where he is a life member and past chairman of the board of directors. He is also a community activist, holding local and national leadership roles with the Anti-Defamation League.
“Employment law is an area where good law and good business are the same thing.” – Alan M. Rauss
“This firm thinks in a very entrepreneurial way and understands how business owners think.” – Alan M. Rauss