THIS 2009 EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
(this Agreement) by and between ORIGEN FINANCIAL, INC.
corporation (Parent), ORIGEN FINANCIAL L.L.C., a Delaware
limited liability company (the
Company) and RONALD A. KLEIN
(Employee) is made and entered into on May 1, 2009, and for all
purposes shall be effective on April 4, 2009 (the Effective Date). Collectively, Parent and
Company shall be referred to as Employers.
B. Employers and Employee acknowledge that pursuant to the Companys Asset Disposition and
Management Plan, which was approved by the Companys shareholders in June, 2008, and subsequently
implemented by the Company, the nature of the business of the Company has changed dramatically
during 2008, including: (1) the sale of the Companys unsecuritized loan portfolio; (2) the sale of
the Companys servicing assets and platform; (3) the sale of certain bond assets; (4) the
refinancing of the Companys senior debt; (5) the sale of the Companys origination platform; and
(6) the downsizing of the Companys workforce from over 300 employees to approximately 23 current
employees with the expectation that the employee force will normalize at 8 employees with several
consultants by the third quarter of 2009.
C. In light of the dramatic changes to the Companys business and consequential changes in its
need for management services, Employers and Employee desire to modify Employees rights, duties and
obligations under the Employment Agreement
so that the Employment Agreement
shall terminate in its
entirety upon the effectiveness of this Agreement. From and after the Effective Date, Employee
will be employed as a part-time Employee of Employers, will receive payments accrued and owing
under the provisions of the Employment Agreement
pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement and
will be compensated for services going forward pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
Simultaneously with the Effective Date of this Agreement, Employers and Employee are entering into
that certain Success Fee Agreement providing for the payment of fees by Employers to Employee and
others upon successful conclusion of certain transactions.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises contained in this Agreement, the
parties agree as follows:
||Termination of Employment Agreement, Payment of 2008 Bonus, Change of
Control Payment, and Capital Accumulation Plan Payment.
(a) Employers and Employee each hereby agree that the Employment Agreement
is terminated and
of no further force or effect, effective at the close of business on the day immediately preceding
the Effective Date. From the Effective Date forward, all aspects of the employment and
compensation agreements between the Company and Employee will be governed by the provisions of this
Agreement, with the exception of the payments described in the letter governing Success Fees for
(b) In recognition of Employees performance as CEO in preserving Employers assets during the
difficult 2008 economic climate, the Board of Directors has granted, and Employers unconditionally
agree to pay, to Employee a bonus of $250,000, to be paid on October 5, 2009.
(c) The termination of the Employment Agreement
and any termination of this Agreement shall
not in any way negate or relieve Employers unconditional obligation to pay Employee the $2,332,200
change-of-control payment which was earned in 2008 and will be paid to Employee on July 1, 2009.
(d) The termination of the Employment Agreement and any termination of this Agreement shall
not in any way negate or relieve Employers unconditional obligation to pay Employee the $280,000
due on November 15, 2011 under the Capital Accumulation Plan.
2. Term of Employment.
(a) Subject to the provisions for termination provided in this Agreement, the term of
Employees employment under this Agreement (the Initial Term) shall commence on the Effective
Date and shall continue thereafter until the same date in the twenty-fourth (24th) month
after the Effective Date.
(b) Employers and Employee acknowledge and agree that Employees employment may be terminated,
for any reason or for no reason at all, upon not less than sixty (60) days prior written notice of
termination by Employee or Employers.
(c) The Term of this Agreement shall be extended upon sixty (60) days prior written notice to
Employee from Employers for one (1) year beginning (i) at the end of the Initial Term (the First
Extended Term), (ii) at the end of the First Extended Term (the Second Extended Term), and (iii)
at the end of the Second Extended Term (the Third Extended Term). The last day of the Initial
Term, the First Extended Term, the Second Extended Term and the Third Extended Term are each
referred to in this Agreement as a Contract Term Date.
3. Services and Duties.
(a) Employers agree to employ Employee as CEO of Company and Parent, on a part-time basis, and
Employee accepts the employment, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth below.
During the Term, Employee shall perform services (the Services) for Employers, and shall do and
perform diligently all such Services, acts and things and duties as reasonably may be requested
from time to time by the Board of Directors of Company (the Board), which duties shall be
consistent with Employees range of responsibilities as set forth below:
1. While not a regimented program without flexibility, the nature and types of the principal
specific functional activities of the Company are administration as set forth in the attached
Appendix A (Administration) and portfolio management as set forth in the attached Appendix B
(Portfolio Management). Employee will have general oversight responsibility for all Company
activities and will have direct oversight of the Chief Financial Officer for Administration and
over employees and consultants of the Company, currently headed by Mark Landschulz
Portfolio Management. Employee is responsible to make sure that these functions are carried
out, supervise their execution and meet with the portfolio team to strategize and deal with
issues affecting the Companys assets as they arise.
2. Employee will provide to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, the
information and certifications described in Item 307 Disclosure Controls and Procedures and
Item 308 Internal Control over Financial
Reporting promulgated under the Sarbanes Oxley Act.
3. Employee will conduct periodic, regular investor communications and meetings with
bondholders, shareholders and market makers for the Companys common stock as reasonably
necessary. This will require meetings, regular calls and direct written
communications as prudent and necessary.
4. Eye on the market Employee will keep himself informed and will observe and follow
all material developments in relevant markets that could affect the Companys business and
5. Employee will maintain relationships for the Company with financing sources, rating agencies
and potential buyers of the Companys assets. This will require meetings, travel, regular calls
and direct written communications as prudent and necessary.
6. Employee will seek and promote strategic initiatives-such as replacement or termination of
Ambac guarantees, Green Tree servicing performance, sale or refinancing of the Citi bonds, sales
of residual interests, a possible sale of the Company, refinancing of debt, managing
securitization calls, and other asset preservation or disposition opportunities, and will report
on these activities to the Board regularly.
(b) During the Term, Employee agrees to serve as a manager of the Company and a director of
Parent, and Parent agrees to nominate Employee as a director.
(c) For service as CEO of the Company and Parent, the Company and Parent each hereby
indemnifies Employee to the full extent of the indemnities currently provided to officers and
directors of the Company and Parent, respectively, under the applicable indemnification provisions
of the Certificate of Formation of Company and the Certificate of Incorporation of the Parent,
respectively, as each may be amended from time to time, and to the fullest extent permitted under
law. Company agrees that it will seek to maintain liability insurance covering its
directors, officers and employees customary for businesses of the type and size operated by the
Company to the extent reasonably available and reasonably affordable in the Companys business, for
which Employers will pay the premiums. To the extent available, Employee will be named as an
additional insured under Employers Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions and other
similar insurance policies.
4. Devotion to Employers Business. The Employee shall devote his best efforts,
knowledge, skill, and such portion of his productive time, ability and attention to the business of
Employers during the Term as may be necessary to adequately and professionally discharge his duties
and responsibilities under this Agreement; provided, however, nothing in this Agreement shall
require Employee to perform services at specific regular times or amounts of time or at a specific
place or places, nor prohibit Employee from taking employment or from any other activities, so long
as Employee adequately performs his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement and observes
his fiduciary duties to the Company, Parent and Parents shareholders.
5. Compensation. As compensation for the services to be performed by Employee under
this Agreement, Employers shall pay to Employee, during the Term, and in accordance with Employers
usual pay practices (and in any event no less frequently than monthly), the following amounts,
which shall be in addition to the amounts owed by Employers to Employee under Sections 1(b), (c)
and (d) of this Agreement, which include amounts paid to satisfy payments required by the
(a) One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-three and 33/100 Dollars ($115,833.33)
per month for the period beginning on the Effective Date and ending on the first anniversary of the
(b) Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) per month beginning the 13th month of the Term
through and including the end of the Initial Term;
(c) If, and only if, the Company elects to extend Employees employment pursuant to Section
2(c)(i), twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) per month through the First Extended Term ending
(d) If, and only if, the Company elects to extend Employees employment pursuant to Section
2(c)(ii), Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) per month for the Second Extended Term ending in
(d) If, and only if, the Company elects to extend Employees employment pursuant to Section
2(c)(iii), Thirty-five Thousand Dollars ($35,000.00) per month for the Third Extended Term ending
6. Reimbursement of Business Expenses. Employers shall reimburse Employee or provide
him with an expense allowance during the term of this Agreement for travel, entertainment, business
development, data access, telephone and other expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred by
Employee in connection with Employers business. Employee shall furnish such documentation with
respect to reimbursement to be paid hereunder as Employers shall reasonably request. Employers
also shall provide and pay for the same or substantially similar coverage to that which currently
exists for Employee under its group medical insurance and group disability insurance policies
during the Initial Term and any Extended Term.
7. Termination of Employment.
(a) This Agreement and Employees employment hereunder may be terminated:
(i) by either Employee or Employers at any time for any reason whatsoever or for no
reason upon not less than sixty (60) days written notice;
(ii) by Employers at any time for Cause without prior notice; and
(iii) upon Employees death or if Employee has been Disabled. Disabled or
Disability shall mean the inability of Employee to perform the duties and responsibilities
of his employment with Employers as contemplated in this Agreement by reason of his illness
or other physical or mental impairment or condition, if such inability continues for a
period of 120 days or more during any twelve-month period.
(b) For purposes of this Agreement, for Cause means (i) a material breach of any provision
of this Agreement by Employee (if the breach is curable, it will constitute Cause only if it
continues uncured for a period of twenty (20) days after Employees receipt of written notice of
such breach from Company), (ii) Employees failure or refusal, in any material manner, to perform
all lawful services required of him pursuant to this Agreement, which failure or refusal continues
for more than twenty (20) days after Employees receipt of written notice of such deficiency, (iii)
Employees commission of fraud, embezzlement or theft, or a crime constituting moral turpitude, in
any case whether or not involving Company, that in the reasonable good faith judgment of the Board
of Parent or the Board of Company, renders Employees continued employment harmful to Company, (iv)
Employees misappropriation of Company assets or property, including, without limitation, obtaining
reimbursement through fraudulent vouchers or expense reports, (v) Employees conviction or the
entry of a plea of guilty or no contest by Employee with respect to any felony or other crime that,
in the reasonable good faith judgment of the Board of Parent or the Board of Company, adversely
affects Company, Parent and/or either of its reputation or business, or (vi) any breach by Employee
of his fiduciary duties under this Agreement or under applicable law.
8. Compensation Upon Termination.
Under no circumstances will any termination of this Agreement at any time by any party for
cause, for any reason, for no reason at all, or based on Employees death or Disability, excuse
Employers from their obligation to pay Employee the payments described in paragraphs 1(b)-1(d) of
this Agreement, and such amounts shall not be compensation upon termination for the purposes of
this Section 8. The following shall govern other compensation due to Employee upon termination of
(a) If Employers terminate this Agreement during the first year of the Initial Term, for any
reason or for no reason at all, or if Employee dies or becomes Disabled, Employee shall be entitled
to a total payment (the Aggregate Severance Payment) equal to the product of (x) $90,933.33 and
(y) the number of full months beginning with the first month following Employees termination of
employment through and including the month preceding the first anniversary of the Effective Date.
(i) If Employee is involuntarily terminated by Employers, Employee shall receive monthly
payments equal to 2/12th of the Internal Revenue Code section 401(a)(17) annual
compensation limit (in effect for the year of the involuntary termination) commencing on the first
month following Employees termination and ending with a payment on the first of the month which is
six months after the first payment, or April 4, 2010, if sooner. The difference between the
Aggregate Severance Payment and the total amount paid pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be
paid in three substantially equal monthly payments commencing on the month next subsequent to the
month in which the last payment is made pursuant to the preceding sentence.
(ii) If Employees employment is terminated because he is Disabled, Employer shall pay
Employee the Aggregate Severance Payment on the date that is the first day after the six-month
anniversary of Employees termination date.
(iii) If Employee dies before the first anniversary of the Effective Date, Employer shall pay
to Employees estate or personal representative the Aggregate Severance Payment on the date that is
thirty days after the date of Employees death.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, except in the case of
termination as a result of Employees death or Disability, Employers obligations under this
paragraph 8(a) shall be contingent on Employee executing and delivering to Employers a mutual
release of claims, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, which Employers shall be
obligated to countersign.
(b) If Employee terminates this Agreement during the first year of the Initial Term, for any
reason or for no reason at all, Employee shall be entitled to no further compensation or other
benefits under this Agreement, other than any unpaid compensation earned by Employee hereunder for
the period up to and including the effective date of such termination and other than all unpaid
amounts required by Sections 1(b) through 1(d) (which shall not be considered compensation upon
termination under this Section 8).
(c) After the first year of the Initial Term, if Employers or Employee terminate this
Agreement for any reason or for no reason at all, Employee shall be entitled to no further
compensation or other benefits under this Agreement, other than any unpaid compensation earned by
Employee hereunder for the period up to and including the effective date of such termination.
(d) Employers shall pay for Employees COBRA benefits for one year if Employers terminate
Employee or do not renew this Agreement.
(e) Employee shall not be entitled to any other compensation or benefits under this Agreement
upon the termination of his employment with Employers for any reason
(f) Immediately upon the cessation of Employees employment with Employers for any reason
whatsoever, notwithstanding anything else to the contrary contained in this Agreement or otherwise,
Employee will stop serving the functions of his terminated or expired position(s) and shall be
without any of the authority or responsibility for such position(s). Upon request, at any time
following the cessation of his employment for any reason, Employee shall resign as a manager of
Company and as a director of Parent if then a member of either Board.
9. Excise Tax Payment.
If any of the payments or benefits received or to be received by Employee under this Agreement
is determined to constitute a parachute payment as such term is defined in Section 280G(b)(2) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), Employers shall pay to Employee, prior
to the time an excise tax imposed by the Code is payable, an additional amount which, after the
imposition of all income and excise taxes thereon, is equal to the excise tax payable. The
determination of whether a payment constitutes a parachute payment and, if so, the amount to be
paid to Employee and the time of payment shall be made by a nationally recognized United States
public accounting firm selected by Employers which has not, during the two years preceding the date
of its selection, acted in any way on behalf of Employers or any affiliate thereof.
10. Covenant Not To Compete and Confidentiality.
This Covenant Not To Compete and Confidentiality provision supersedes and replaces in its
entirety the Covenant Not to Compete and Confidentiality provision of the Employment Agreement.
(a) Employee acknowledges Employers reliance and expectation of Employees continued
commitment to performance of his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement. In light of
such reliance and expectation on the part of Employers, Employee, in consideration of the
compensation and other payments to be made by Employers under this Agreement, and without
expectation for any additional payments or compensation, agrees to the provisions set forth below.
(i) Employee shall not compete with Company or Parent, as defined in Section 9(a)(ii)
below, for a period commencing on the Effective Date and ending:
(A) if this Agreement terminates on a Contract Term Date having run its full
course, the date that is 12 months after the termination date,
(B) if this Agreement is terminated by Company under paragraph 7(a)(ii) or
by Employee under paragraph 7(a)(i), the later to occur of (I) the Contract
Term Date or (II) the date that is 12 months after the date of termination,
(C) if Company terminates this Agreement under paragraph 7(a)(i), the date
that is 12 months after the termination date.
(ii) The phrase shall not compete with Company or Parent means that Employee shall
not, directly or indirectly, engage in, or have an interest in or be associated with
(whether as an officer, director, stockholder, partner, associate, employee, consultant,
owner or otherwise) any corporation, firm or enterprise which, in a
manner that is competitive with and adverse to the business of Company or Parent, is engaged
in the management of manufactured housing finance assets anywhere within the continental
United States or Canada (a Competitive Business); provided, however, that (A) Employee
shall not be prohibited from serving as an employee of, independent contractor of, or
consultant to, a company that has a subsidiary or affiliate that is a Competitive Business,
so long as Employee (x) does not serve as an employee, independent contractor or consultant
for such subsidiary or affiliate engaged that is a Competitive Business, and (y) is not
otherwise involved in any way in the Competitive Business on behalf of such company, (B)
Employee shall be permitted to make investments that do not interfere or conflict with the
performance of Employees duties or directly compete with the business of the Company and
Parent, (C) Employee shall be permitted to make passive investments in the stock of any
publicly traded business (including a Competitive Business), so long as the stock investment
in any Competitive Business does not rise above one percent (1%) of the outstanding shares
of such Competitive Business and (D) Employee shall be entitled, without further obligation
to the Company, to pursue directly or indirectly any transaction or opportunity that might
be competitive to, or within the business of, the Company so long as that transaction or
opportunity first is fully presented to the Board of Directors of Parent and the Board of
Directors determines that Parent and the Company will not pursue that transaction or
opportunity for itself.
(iii) Except to the extent legally required to do so, Employee shall not at any time,
for so long as any Confidential Information (as defined below) shall remain confidential or
otherwise remain wholly or partially protectable, either during the term of this Agreement
or thereafter, use or disclose any Confidential Information, directly or indirectly, to any
person outside of Company, Parent or any company owned or controlled by Company or Parent or
under common control with Company, Parent or the Subsidiaries (an Affiliate).
(iv) Promptly upon the termination of this Agreement for any reason, Employee (or in
the event of Employees death, his personal representative) shall return to Company any and
all copies (whether prepared by or at the direction of Company or Employee) of all records,
drawings, materials, memoranda and other data constituting or pertaining to Confidential
(v) For a period commencing on the Effective Date and ending upon the expiration of 12
months from the termination of this Agreement for any reason, Employee shall not, either
directly or indirectly, divert, or by aid to others, do anything which would tend to divert,
from Company, Parent or any Affiliate any trade or business with any customer or supplier
with whom Employee had any contact or association during the term of Employees employment
with Employers or with any party whose identity or potential as a customer or supplier was
confidential or learned by Employee during his employment by Employers.
(vi) For a period commencing on the Effective Date and ending upon the expiration of 12
months from the termination of this Agreement for any reason, Employee shall not, either
directly or indirectly, employ, solicit for employment, or advise or recommend to any other
person that such other person employ or solicit for employment, any person employed by
Company during the term of this Agreement. This restriction shall not prohibit Employee
from employing or soliciting for employment any non-employee consultants working for
Employers, so long as such solicitation and employment does not result in the termination by
the solicited non-employee consultant of its consulting relationship with the Employers.
Specifically, Employee shall be permitted to employ or solicit for employment Mark
Landschultz and Elaine Nesbit
subject to the condition in the foregoing sentence.
(b) As used in this Agreement, the term Confidential Information shall mean all business
information of any nature and in any form which at the time or times concerned is not generally
known to those persons engaged in business similar to that conducted or contemplated by Company,
Parent or any Affiliate (other than by the act or acts of an employee not authorized by Company to
disclose such information) and which relates to any one or more of the aspects of the business of
Company, Parent or any of the Affiliates or any of their respective predecessors, including,
without limitation, patents and patent applications, inventions and improvements (whether or not
patentable), development projects, policies, processes, formulas, techniques, know-how, and other
facts relating to sales, advertising, promotions, financial matters, customers, customer lists,
customer purchases or requirements, and other trade secrets.
(c) Employee agrees and understands that the remedy at law for any breach by him of this
Section 10 will be inadequate and that the damages flowing from such breach are not readily
susceptible to being measured in monetary terms. Accordingly, Employee acknowledges that Company
shall be entitled to immediate injunctive relief and may obtain a temporary order restraining any
threatened or further breach. Nothing in this Section 10 shall be deemed to limit Companys
remedies at law or in equity for any breach by Employee of any of the provisions of this Section 10
which may be pursued or availed of by Company.
(d) Employee acknowledges and agrees that the covenants set forth above are reasonable and
valid in geographical and temporal scope and in all other respects. If any court determines that
any of the covenants, or any part of any covenant, is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of
the covenants shall not be affected and shall be given full effect, without regard to the invalid
portion. If any court determines that any of the covenants, or any part of any covenant, is
unenforceable because of its duration or geographic scope, such court shall have the power to
reduce the duration or scope, as the case may be, and, enforce such provision in such reduced form.
Employee and Employers intend to and hereby confer jurisdiction to enforce the covenants upon the
courts of any jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such covenants. If the courts of any
one or more of such jurisdictions hold the covenants, or any part of any covenant, unenforceable by
reason of the breadth of such scope or otherwise, it is the intention of Employee and Employers
that such determination not bar or in any way affect the right of Employers to the relief provided
above in the courts of any other jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such covenants as to
breaches of such covenants in such other respective jurisdictions. For this purpose, such
covenants as they relate to each jurisdiction shall be severable into diverse and independent
11. No Conflicting Agreements. Employee represents and warrants that other than his
position as an Employee of Parent, he is not a party to any agreements, contracts, understandings
or arrangements, whether written or oral, in effect which would prevent him from rendering
exclusive services to Company during the term hereof, and that he has not made and will not make
any commitment to do any act in conflict with this Agreement.
12. Arbitration. The parties agree that any and all disputes, controversies or claims
of any nature whatsoever relating to, or arising out of, this Agreement or Employees employment,
whether in contract, tort, or otherwise (including, without limitation, claims of wrongful
termination of employment, claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards
Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or comparable
state or federal laws, and any other laws dealing with employees rights and remedies), shall be
settled by mandatory arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its
National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes (the Rules) and the following
provisions: (A) a single arbitrator (the Arbitrator),
mutually agreeable to Company and Employee, shall preside over the arbitration and shall make all
decisions with respect to the resolution of the dispute, controversy or claim between the parties;
(B) in the event that Company and Employee are unable to agree on an Arbitrator within fifteen (15)
days after either party has filed for arbitration in accordance with the Rules, the American
Arbitration Association shall select a truly neutral arbitrator in accordance with the rules for
the selection of neutral arbitrators, who shall be the Arbitrator for the purposes of this
Section 12; (C) the place of arbitration shall be Southfield, Michigan
unless mutually agreed
otherwise; (D) judgment may be entered on any award rendered by the Arbitrator in any federal or
state court having jurisdiction over the parties; (E) all fees and expenses of the Arbitrator shall
be shared equally between Company and Employee; (F) the decision of the Arbitrator shall govern and
shall be conclusive and binding upon the parties; (G) the parties shall be entitled to reasonable
levels of discovery in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or as permitted by the
Arbitrator, provided, however, that the time permitted for discovery shall not exceed eight (8)
weeks and each party shall be limited to two (2) depositions; and (H) this provision shall be
enforceable by specific performance and/or injunctive relief, and shall constitute a basis for
dismissal of any legal action brought in violation of the duty to arbitrate. The parties hereby
acknowledge that it is their intent to expedite the resolution of any dispute, controversy or claim
hereunder and that the Arbitrator shall schedule the timing of discovery and of the hearing
consistent with that intent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing contained in
this paragraph shall be construed to preclude Company from obtaining injunctive or other equitable
relief to secure specific performance or to otherwise prevent Employees breach of Section10 of
13. Notice. All notices, requests, consents and other communications, required or
permitted to be given under this Agreement shall be personally delivered in writing or shall have
been deemed duly given when received after it is posted in the United States mail, postage prepaid,
registered or certified, return receipt requested addressed as set forth below. In addition, a
party may deliver a notice via another reasonable means that results in the recipient party
receiving actual notice, as conclusively demonstrated by the party giving such notice.
If to Company:
Origen Financial L.L.C.
27777 Franklin Road, Suite 1700
If to Parent:
If to Employee:
In all events, with a copy to:
Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC
211 W. Fort Street, Ste. 1500
Attn: Eugene Driker
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss,
27777 Franklin Road, Suite 2500
Attn: Peter Sugar
14. Cooperation in Future Matters. Employee hereby agrees that for a period of 18
months following his termination as an Employee he shall cooperate with Companys reasonable
requests relating to matters that pertain to Employees employment by Company, including, without
limitation, providing information or limited consultation as to such matters, participating in
legal proceedings, investigations or audits on behalf of Company, or otherwise making himself
reasonably available to Company for other related purposes. Any such cooperation shall be performed
at scheduled times taking into consideration Employees other commitments, and Employee shall be
compensated at a reasonable hourly or per diem rate to be agreed upon by the parties to the extent
such cooperation is required on more than an occasional and limited basis. Employee shall not be
required to perform such cooperation to the extent it conflicts with any requirements of
exclusivity of services for another employer or otherwise, nor in any manner that in the good faith
belief of Employee would conflict with his rights under or ability to enforce this Agreement.
(a) The provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any one or more provisions may be
determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions
and any partially unenforceable provision to the extent enforceable in any jurisdiction
nevertheless shall be binding and enforceable.
(b) The rights and obligations of Employers under this Agreement shall inure to the benefit
of, and shall be binding on, Employers and their successors and assigns. This Agreement is personal
to Employee and he may not assign his obligations under this Agreement in any manner whatsoever and
any purported assignment shall be void. For all purposes under this Agreement, the term
Employers shall include any successor to Employers business and/or assets that assumes
Employers rights and obligations under this Agreement.
(c) The failure of any party to enforce any provision or protections of this Agreement shall
not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions as to any future
violations thereof, nor prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision
of this Agreement. The rights granted the parties herein are cumulative and the waiver of any
single remedy shall not constitute a waiver of such partys right to assert all other legal
remedies available to it under the circumstances.
(d) With the exception of the letter governing Success Fees for Transaction Services
effective the same date as this Agreement, this Agreement sets forth the entire understanding and
agreement of Employee and Employers with respect to its subject matter and supersedes all prior
understandings and agreements, whether written or oral, in respect thereof, including, without
limitation, the Employment Agreement. If the terms of this Agreement shall conflict with the terms
of any other agreement between the Employee and either Parent or Company or any compensation plan,
arrangement or policy of Parent or Company applicable to the Employee, the provisions of this
Agreement shall control.
(e) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State
, without regard to its conflicts of law principles.
(f) Captions and section headings used herein are for convenience and are not a part of this
Agreement and shall not be used in construing it.
(g) This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed
an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Copies
(whether photostatic, facsimile or otherwise) of this Agreement may be made and relied upon to the
same extent as an original.
(h) Employers may withhold such amounts as may be required under federal, state and local law
to be withheld from the payments made under this Agreement, subject to Employers obligation
described in Section 9.
(i) No modification, termination or attempted waiver of this Agreement shall be valid unless
in writing and signed by the party against whom the same is sought to be enforced.
(j) The provisions of paragraphs 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 of this Agreement shall survive
the termination of this Agreement, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this 2009 Employment Agreement as of the date
first written above.
MUTUAL RELEASE AND WAIVER
This mutual release and waiver (the Termination Release) is made as of the ___day of
___, 200___by and among the Employers (as defined below) and Ronald A. Klein
WHEREAS, Employee, Origen Financial L.L.C., a Delaware
limited liability company (the
Company) and Origen Financial, Inc.
, a Delaware
corporation (the Parent) (collectively, Company
and Parent are referred to as Employers) have entered into an Employment Agreement (the
Employment Agreement) dated effective as of April 4, 2009 that provides for certain compensation
upon termination of Employees employment; and
WHEREAS, the Employee has agreed, pursuant to the terms of the Employment Agreement, to
execute a release and waiver in the form set forth in this Release and Waiver (Termination
Release) in consideration of Employers agreement to provide the compensation upon the termination
of his employment as set forth in the Employment Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the Employee has incurred a termination of employment effective as of ___,
WHEREAS, Employers and the Employee desire to settle all rights, duties and obligations
between them, including without limitation all such rights, duties, and obligations arising under
the Employment Agreement or otherwise out of the Employees employment by Employers.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth below and
other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which is hereby acknowledged,
Employers and Employee agree as follows:
1. RELEASE OF COMPANY AND PARENT. In consideration for the payments to be made pursuant to the
(a) Except as set forth in paragraph 1(b) below, Employee knowingly and voluntarily releases,
acquits and forever discharges the Company, Parent and their respective owners, parents,
stockholders, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, directors, officers, employees,
representatives, divisions and subsidiaries (collectively, the Releasees) from any and all
charges, complaints, claims, liabilities, obligations, promises, agreements, damages, causes of
action, suits, rights, costs, losses, debts and expenses of any nature whatsoever, known or
unknown, suspected or unsuspected, foreseen or unforeseen, matured or unmatured, against them which
the Employee or any of his heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns (Employee
Persons) ever had, now has or at any time hereafter may have, own or hold by reason of any matter,
fact, or cause whatsoever from the beginning of time up to and including the date of this
Termination Release, including, without limitation, all claims for salary, bonuses, severance pay,
vacation pay or any benefits arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as
amended; any claims of sexual harassment, or discrimination based upon race, color, national
origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, medical
condition or disability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of
1991, the American with Disabilities Act, The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, as
amended, The Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended, and any other federal, state or local law
prohibiting discrimination in engagement; any claims of age discrimination under the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, or under
any other federal, state or local law prohibiting age
discrimination; claims of breach of implied or express contract, breach of promise,
misrepresentation, negligence, fraud, estoppel, defamation, infliction of emotional distress,
violation of public policy, wrongful or constructive discharge, or any other employment-related
tort; any claim for costs, fees, or other expenses, including attorneys fees; and all claims under
any other federal, state or local laws relating to employment, except in any case to the extent
such release is prohibited by applicable federal, state and/or local law.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Release shall not be construed so as to release or
discharge the Company from its obligations under Sections 1(b)-1(d), and 9 of the Employment
Agreement. In addition, notwithstanding this Release, Employee shall continue to be covered by
Companys and Parents directors and officers liability insurance and the indemnification
provisions of the Companys and the Parents governing documents to the extent such insurance and
such indemnification provisions are applicable to Employee.
(c) Employee represents that he has not filed against the Releasees, any complaints, charges
or lawsuits and covenants and agrees that he will not seek or be entitled to any personal recovery
in any court or before any governmental agency, arbitrator or self-regulatory body against any of
the Releasees arising out of any matters set forth in paragraph 1(a) hereof. If Employee has filed
a complaint, charge, grievance, lawsuit or similar action, he agrees to remove, dismiss or take
similar action to eliminate such complaint, charge, grievance, lawsuit or similar action within
five (5) days of signing this Termination Release.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Termination Release is not intended to interfere with
Employees right to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (hereinafter
referred to as the EEOC) in connection with any claim he believes he may have against the
Company. Employee hereby agrees to waive the right to recover money damages in any proceeding he
may bring before the EEOC or any other similar body or in any proceeding brought by the EEOC or any
other similar body on his behalf. This Termination Release does not release, waive or give up any
claim for workers compensation benefits, vested retirement or welfare benefits he is entitled to
under the terms of Employers retirement and welfare benefit plans, as in effect from time to time,
any right to unemployment compensation that Employee may have, or his right to enforce his rights
under the Employment Agreement.
2. RELEASE OF EMPLOYEE
(a) Employers knowingly and voluntarily release, acquit and forever discharge Employee and his
heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns (collectively, the Employee Releasees)
from any and all charges, complaints, claims, liabilities, obligations, promises, agreements,
damages, causes of action, suits, rights, costs, losses, debts and expenses of any nature
whatsoever, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, foreseen or unforeseen, matured or
unmatured, against him which Employers or their respective owners, parents, stockholders,
predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives,
divisions and subsidiaries their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns
(Employers Persons) ever had, now have or at any time hereafter may have, own or hold by reason
of any matter, fact, or cause whatsoever from the beginning of time up to and including the date of
this Termination Release, including, without limitation, all claims of breach of implied or express
contract, breach of promise, misrepresentation, negligence, fraud, estoppel, defamation, infliction
of emotional distress, violation of public policy, breach of fiduciary duties, or any other
business-related tort; any claim for costs, fees, or other expenses, including attorneys fees,
except in any case to the extent such release is prohibited by applicable federal, state and/or
(b) Employers represent that they have not filed against the Employee Releasees, any
complaints, charges or lawsuits and covenants, and agree that they will not seek or be entitled to
any personal recovery in any court or before any governmental agency, arbitrator or
self-regulatory body against any of the Employee Releasees arising out of any matters set forth in
paragraph 2(a) hereof. If Employers has filed a complaint, charge, grievance, lawsuit or similar
action, they agree to remove, dismiss or take similar action to eliminate such complaint, charge,
grievance, lawsuit or similar action within five (5) days of signing this Termination Release.
3. CONFIRMATION OF OBLIGATIONS. Employee hereby confirms and agrees to his continuing
obligations under paragraphs 4 and 10 of the Employment Agreement.
4. NO DISPARAGEMENT.
(a) The Employee agrees not to disparage the Employers, including making any statement or
comments or engaging in any conduct that is disparaging or derogatory toward the Company or Parent
or, whether directly or indirectly, by name or innuendo; provided, however, that nothing in this
Termination Release shall restrict communications protected as privileged under federal or state
law to testimony or communications ordered and required by a court or an administrative agency of
(b) Employers agree not to disparage Employee, including making any statement or comments or
engaging in any conduct that is disparaging or derogatory toward Employee, whether directly or
indirectly, by name or innuendo; provided, however, that nothing in this Termination Release shall
restrict communications protected as privileged under federal or state law to testimony or
communications ordered and required by a court or an administrative agency of competent
5. CONFIDENTIALITY. The Employee agrees to keep the terms of this Agreement and of this
Termination Release confidential and shall not disclose the fact or terms to third parties, except
as required by applicable law or regulation or by court order; provided, however, that Employee may
disclose the terms of this Termination Release to members of his immediate family, his attorney or
counselor, and persons assisting him in financial planning or tax preparation, provided these
people agree to keep such information confidential; provided, further, however, that the Employers
may disclose the terms of this Termination Release to its certified public accounts, outside
counsel or others on a need to know basis, provided these people agree to keep such information
6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT. The Employers have advised the Employee to consult with an attorney of his
choosing prior to signing this Termination Release and the Employee hereby represents to the
Company that he has been offered an opportunity to consult with an attorney prior to signing this
Termination Release. The Employee shall have twenty-one (21) days to consider the waiver of his
rights in this Termination Release, although he may sign this Termination Release sooner if he
chooses. Once he has signed this Termination Release, the Employee shall have seven (7) additional
days from the date of execution to revoke his consent to the waiver of his rights. If no such
revocation occurs, the Employees waiver of rights in this Termination Release shall become
effective seven (7) days from the date of execution by the Employee. In the event that the Employee
revokes his waiver of rights in this Termination Release, this Termination Release will have no
force and effect and, except as provided by Section 9 of the Employment Agreement, no post
termination payments required shall be due or payable.
7. GOVERNING LAW. This Termination Release shall be governed and construed in accordance with
the laws of State of Michigan
, without giving regard to its conflict of laws principles.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Employee and Employers have executed this Termination Release as of