Tamara Bock partners with national and multinational companies to help them successfully navigate business, reputational, and litigation risk through bet-the-business decisions. She is sought out by executives and in-house legal teams for her creative, straight-forward, business, and people-oriented advice and negotiation skills, developed during her 20-year career as a complex commercial and employment litigator and workforce management advisor.
Tamara is deeply committed to promoting justice in all aspects of her work and provides clients with the tools they need to make smart, fair decisions about their workforce challenges. She takes employee mentorship, training, and corporate responsibility seriously and is the Co-Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s Pro Bono Committee and a member of the 50/50 Women on Boards NYC Leadership Committee. Most recently, she founded E-Lunch with Esquires to provide a collaborative space for employment law professionals committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
In her practice, Tamara advises employers on all stages of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions. She uses her depth of knowledge about issues of social justice to counsel employers seeking to enhance diversity initiatives and respond to social issues, such as the #MeToo or racial justice movements. Employers also rely on Tamara to help them respond to workforce challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as remote work, return-to-work policies, and the uneven impact that COVID-19 has had on different groups of employees. Tamara works hand-in-hand with clients to develop risk-mitigation strategies in response to employee misconduct, threats of violence, and grievances. She has significant investigations experience, including experience responding to shareholder demands regarding allegations of, among other things, securities violations.
When litigation does arise, clients turn to Tamara for her hard-hitting and creative litigation and trial strategies and her proven track record. For example, Tamara used her large-scale litigation experience to help build a litigation team and architect discovery and litigation strategy across 20+ related FINRA arbitrations involving compensation disputes by former employees of a multinational financial services institution. Tamara also recently developed and managed defense strategy on behalf of a multinational financial services firm in FINRA arbitration seeking in excess of $30 million for tortious interference with numerous employee offer letters.
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Tamara was a complex commercial litigator, business advisor, and investigator at a New York City litigation boutique twice named by The National Law Journal to its annual Litigation Boutiques Hot List. Previously, she was a litigation associate at an international law firm, where she advised a major accounting firm in its successful acquisition of assets in the wake of the Enron scandal; provided litigation risk assessment for companies seeking to merge; and participated in securities, antitrust, and bankruptcy litigation.
- Won the dismissal, as first chair, of multimillion-dollar claims of fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty arising from an alleged scheme to loot a company.
- Successfully resolved a $10 million federal action brought by a private equity firm against a former employee for breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and breach of a confidentiality agreement.
- Obtained multiple successful appellate rulings for a telecommunications company to defeat a $300+ million claim of breach of the “duty to negotiate” a clause in a settlement agreement.
- Advised a major real estate entity about strategy and fiduciary duties under New York LLC law preceding a multibillion-dollar IPO. Tamara also represented the entity in multiple class actions arising from the IPO.
- Conducted internal investigations on behalf of international financial institutions related to mortgage-backed securitizations and the foreign exchange market.
- First-chaired a sexual harassment and retaliation claim filed with the EEOC against a major television network.
- Columbia University School of Journalism (M.S., 2010)
- New York University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
- Managing Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
- Reed College (B.A., 1996)
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York