Emily M. Rockett is an Associate in Miller Mayer’s Civil Litigation and Matrimonial and Family Law practice groups.
Ms. Rockett focuses her practice on general civil litigation, primarily in business and matrimonial matters. Ms. Rockett also practices in the areas of labor and employment law. Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Ms. Rockett was an associate at Sayles & Evans in Elmira, New York, where, in addition to practicing in the area of general civil litigation, she assisted school district clients with a wide variety of Education Law matters.
Ms. Rockett is a member of the Massachusetts and New York State bars. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. cum laude from Williams College.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Labor and Employment
Employers are required by state and federal law to provide equal employment opportunity. However, the law in this area is constantly changing and causes a great deal of confusion for employers. Moreover, the meaning of equal opportunity is still the subject of much debate in the courts. What accommodations must you provide? How do you balance those accommodations with the needs of your business? What do you do if one of your employees accuses another of your employees of harassment? If you are sued for unlawful discrimination or harassment, or related offenses, you will likely need to demonstrate not only that you had a good reason for taking an adverse employment action, but that the good reason was not simply pretext for unlawful discrimination. It can be very difficult to fight these claims. Thus, it is advisable to consult with legal counsel at any stage of an EEO dispute – when any EEO complaints are made by employees or when EEO issues arise. Fighting EEO claims requires expertise in both employment law and litigation. Our attorneys are prepared to help at any stage of an EEO dispute.
Although New York is an employment at will state, it can often be useful with certain types of employees to have terms of conditions of employment contractually agreed upon. Our team of labor and employment attorneys can work with you to determine whether employment contracts, non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, or other types of employment contracts would make sense for your business.
Employers are required by state and federal law and regulation to provide employees with various notices at or near the time of hire, at termination, and throughout employment. It is often useful and sometimes legally required for employers to have written policies reflecting that the employer complies with various state and federal laws. The labyrinth of state and federal regulation can be daunting to navigate, but our labor and employment attorneys are here to help! We have experience drafting employee handbooks and policy manuals, and advising clients on issues such as record retention, employee benefits, and termination of employees.
Termination of an employee can be stressful for both the employer and employee, and there are a number of factors that should be addressed when negotiating a severance agreement. At Miller Mayer, our attorneys have experience both drafting severance agreements on behalf of employers and negotiating terms of severance on behalf of employees.
State and federal minimum wage, maximum hour, and salary exemption issues have always presented challenges for employers. However, the new federal overtime regulations which go into effect December 1, 2016 have created a paradigm shift in the way many employers do business, almost doubling the pay threshold for salary exempt employees. Our labor and employment attorneys stay abreast of the changing regulatory landscape with respect to wage and hour rules, and are prepared to assist your business in making the shift to the new rules.
Family and Matrimonial Law
This is one reason that experienced and knowledgeable divorce counsel is imperative. The attorneys at Miller Mayer, LLP can help guide you through the laws determining child support. We can also advise you about nonpayment issues – whether you have found yourself unable to pay your court-ordered child support and need to know your options, or if your former spouse is not fulfilling his or her obligations.
For the children whose parents are divorcing, this is an anguished, unsettled and traumatic time. It’s all too easy for these children to get caught in the middle of negotiations. Even in an easy divorce, decisions about custody and visitation are among the hardest any parent will ever make. In a contested divorce, having the most experienced, sensitive and yet aggressive lawyer on your side is of the utmost importance, whether you are a mother or a father.
At Miller Mayer, LLP, our lawyers – who are also parents – have the knowledge and experience necessary to help ensure the best and safest solutions in cases where children are involved. We’ll do our best to help you resolve disputes in the least contentious way possible, but if necessary, we will fight our hardest to protect your rights.
Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences that anyone has to go through.
Financial problems, custody disagreements and, in some cases, domestic violence can make this an extremely trying time.
New York State’s divorce laws can be hard to understand and extremely complex, adding to the difficulties of couples navigating these circumstances.
Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, a knowledgeable, compassionate and aggressive divorce attorney with extensive experience is essential. The outcome of a divorce can change your life forever. We can advise you about all of the deeply important issues that may be associated with the divorce, including:
Custody and Visitation
Financial Settlements and Spousal Support
Rights to Pre-marital Property and Separate Property
Rights to Pensions, Securities and Business Interests
Unfortunately, parties sometimes fail to meet their child support, maintenance, visitation or other obligations necessitating enforcement actions. The attorneys at Miller Mayer, LLP have extensive experience in securing performance of every type of divorce and family law obligation.
A family offense petition is a civil proceeding in family court whose purpose is to prevent violence, end the family disruption and obtain protection for family members. The filing of a family offense petition often results in a temporary order of protection during the case. When a family offensive petition has been filed alleging that conduct is threatening or violent, having an experienced, sensitive and yet aggressive lawyer on your side is of the utmost importance. The following acts (which are defined under the penal law) are the basis for a petition for a family offense:
Certain Types of Sexual Abuse
Criminal Obstruction of Breathing / Circulation
Certain Types of Larceny
Spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony) is money an ex-spouse may be required to pay the other spouse after they get divorced. Temporary maintenance is money a spouse may be required to pay the other spouse while the divorce action is pending in contested actions only. While the presumptive correct amount and duration of maintenance is determined in the first instance by formulas set forth in the law, the exact outcome is significantly impacted by a number of legal issues and discretionary factors. Having the most experienced, sensitive and yet aggressive lawyer on your side is of the utmost importance.
The highly experienced New York divorce attorneys at Miller Mayer, LLP can help you navigate this complex process and ensure that your rights – and lifelong financial stability – are protected.
Following child custody and visitation, the division of marital property is the most highly contested of all issues in a divorce. You may be concerned about complications arising around issues including:
Pre-marital Property and Separate Property
Earnings From Pre-marital Property
Unvested or Unexercised Options
When resolving these issues, which will impact your financial stability for the rest of your life, it is essential that you have a knowledgeable and highly experienced New York divorce attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights. The attorneys at Miller Mayer, LLP, will help you achieve your goals. Though we try to avoid litigation whenever possible, we will also fight by your side to ensure that your rights and financial stability are protected.
Cases involving the request of the custodial parent to relocate present some of the most challenging in the family law practice. These disputes pit the interests of a custodial parent who wishes to move, against the interest of a noncustodial parent who has a desire to maintain frequent and regular contact with the child. The law in New York places a heavy burden on the moving parent, requiring them to show exceptional circumstances and the best interests of the child where meaningful access to the other parent is disrupted. These cases are fact-intensive and require careful preparation by experienced and zealous counsel.
In the event of an end to your marriage, a well-constructed prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can go a long way toward protecting your rights, your assets, and helping to ensure that a potentially expensive and traumatic divorce is as simple as possible. The highly experienced divorce counsel at Miller Mayer, LLP can help you draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that protects the assets you have before the marriage, as well as any children you might have before the marriage; and eases the painful decisions that take place in the event of divorce.
An order of protection is issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. It is used to address various types of safety issues, including, but not limited to, situations involving domestic violence. In family law practice, an order of protection arises from a family offense petition in family court.
With our comprehensive knowledge of the technicalities of New York contract law and our broad experience in a wide range of substantive law areas, we have the focus and know-how you need when others fail to meet their contractual obligations.
Our experience in contract disputes includes:
Intellectual Property Assignment and Licensing Agreements
Sale of Goods
Purchase and Sale Agreements
We can help you resolve disputes including:
Partnership / Shareholder disputes
Intellectual Property Disputes
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Diversion of Assets
Corporate Control Disputes
Employment / Non-compete Agreements
From commercial real estate to residential properties and construction disputes, the attorneys at Miller Mayer, LLP bring local litigation expertise and local real estate experience to bear to help you achieve excellent and cost effective results.
We represent executor, beneficiaries and fiduciaries in:
Probate and Estate Litigation
Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
Undue Influence, Fraud and Unconscionability Claims