Last Wednesday, on January 4, 2023, the executive career advancement website IvyExec published an article I wrote on “Severance Compensation Package for Director, VP and C-Level Executives”
This new article is designed not only for CEOs, COOs, CSOs, CTOs and other C-suite and senior executives in technology and life sciences, and also for other senior executives, and in other areas of the economy as well, but even for many VPs, directors and mid-level executives, who at one or more points in your career may face employment termination.
Termination often comes as result of a change in ownership, control or top management that wants to clean house and bring in their own team, regardless of your success and past contributions. In that case you might be called in and told “we’ve decided to go in a new direction…” classic code for your job is toast. Other times a series of changes occur that make it hard for you to continue.
In my new article, I address the following questions:
My discussion of monetary terms includes not only cash salary and bonus but key equity terms as well, so that a negotiated severance package, regardless of the timing and circumstances, is designed to make you whole for what you are losing with employment termination.
The discussion of non-monetary issues in the severance package includes important issues of Severance Triggers, Restrictive Covenants, Non-disparagement, and Release of claims.
To see my full IvyExec career advancement website article, go to LINK: https://www.ivyexec.com/career-advice/2023/severance-compensation-package-for-executives/
Or on my website at https://www.executiveemploymentattorney.com/severance-compensation-package-for-director-vp-and-c-level-executives/
IvyExec hosts articles and webinars from experts in the career, leadership, and business spaces who wish to share their knowledge with our audience. In April 2021, I was invited to write for IvyExec since it seeks original content on the topics of career development, leadership, and business strategy as it applies to senior-level and C-Suite professionals. IvyExec blog posts and webinars are shared with its community of more than 2 million members on its website, in its newsletter, and on its social media channels. https://www.ivyexec.com/career-advice/write-for-us/
IvyExec claims a “Community of 2.5M+ Leaders”. See also – https://www.ivyexec.com/
It is my hope that this article will be helpful to CEOs, CMOs, CSOs, CTOs and other C-suite and senior executives in technology and life sciences, who are being recruited and have now, or anticipate soon receiving, an attractive offer to move on, yet are also critical to their current company, where the current company might provide a significant retention package for the executive to stay. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at email@example.com.
Last Tuesday, on April 27, 2021, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Don’t Let Disparagement or Defamation Blackball Your Executive Career Prospects”.
This new article is designed for CEOs, C-level and senior executives, who may face, on occasion, issues of disparagement and even defamation, in connection with employment termination. For those executives who do face this prospect at the time of employment termination, disparagement or defamation can have effects on your career and prospects, both short and long term, that can be even more far reaching than how much severance will be paid.
The article first discusses three such situations that faced C-level and senior executive clients of mine in recent representations and our successful resolution of each, as follows:
To see my full CEOWorld magazine. article, go to LINK: https://ceoworld.biz/2021/04/27/dont-let-disparagement-or-defamation-blackball-your-executive-career-prospects/
Or on my website at https://www.executiveemploymentattorney.com/dont-let-disparagement-or-defamation-blackball-your-executive-career-prospects/
This was my 33rd article published in CEOWORLD since 2016. Previously, the editor advised that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website and add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field.
On its own initiative, CEOWORLD magazine created on their website a library of Robert Adelson published articles. You can peruse this library and/or read as many of my 33 published articles as you wish. See https://ceoworld.biz/author/robert-adelson/
It is my hope that this article will be of benefit to CEOs, C-level and senior executives who at some point in their career might face disparagement or defamation, which if not properly dealt with could seriously derail an otherwise successful and rising career. So, my hope is that this article will offer insights on these important matters. Feel free to share this article. If you or any colleague of yours has a need for a separation agreement attorney, please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triggering Executive Severance to Protect Your Interests in Case of COVID-19 or Other Changed Circumstances
Six days ago, on May 27, 2020, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Triggering Executive Severance to Protect Your Interests in Case of COVID-19 or other Changed Circumstances”. The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.
This was my 28th article published in CEOWORLD. Earlier this year, the editor advised that I can add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field. See https://ceoworld.biz/author/robert-adelson/
This article, my most recent, published May 27th, is designed for CEOs, C-level and senior executives, especially those who, once on the job, may find that their chances for success become daunting because changed circumstances beyond their control. For many such executives, the severe economic downturn arising in connection with the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis may cause great reductions in expected base, bonus, equity and LTI compensation and reduced duties and responsibilities as well.
However, the article is not limited to COVID-19. The article also discusses other circumstances where clients of the author have also experienced such negative effects, as result of dashed expectations, including where the executive accepted his or her job offer for a CEO, C-level or other senior executive position in reliance on any of these company actions:
The article then concludes with proactive steps the executive can take in your executive employment and job offer negotiations to protect yourself in the event of such changed circumstances in the future. This includes the crafting of severance terms with triggers tailored to your situation in the event of dashed expectations. Thus, the executive would have an executive contract that provides that if circumstances change, such that the job is no longer what you bargained for, you can move on to a new opportunity and still be made whole as you do so.
To see my full CEOWorld magazine. article, go to LINK:
Or on my website at https://www.executiveemploymentattorney.com/triggering-executive-severance-to-protect-your-interests-in-changed-circumstances/
With more than 12.4+ million-page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CSOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide.
The editor has also advised that I can add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field. See https://ceoworld.biz/author/robert-adelson/
It is my hope that this article will be helpful to suggest a potential remedy in job offer negotiations to CEOs, COOs, CMOs, other C-Level and senior executives who are considering a new executive position or giving up other opportunities, and, acting in reliance on the promises made by the employer, and seek protection against potential changed circumstances, whether from a pandemic, loss of a key customer, loss of key personnel, a negative regulatory ruling, loss of financing or otherwise, so the executive can if that happens move and be made whole. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at email@example.com.
Adelson & Associates, LLC: New law firm and address, but Continuity in my Growing Law Practice for 2020 and Beyond
We begin this new year 2020 with a new law firm and a new downtown Boston address, but, at the same time, with full continuity for my growing law practice, which saw its best year in 2019.
Here is more information on the new firm:
Robert A. Adelson is now the Principal of Adelson & Associates, LLC. For fifteen (15) years, from October 2004 through December 2019, Robert Adelson practiced law as a partner of Engel & Schultz, LLP, and at the same time referred legal work to his associates, that is to trusted and experienced colleagues of Mr. Adelson’s including several of his former law partners. However, in December 2019, the lead partners of the Engel & Schultz LLP law firm announced they would go into semi-retirement, go their separate ways, and the office lease would expire in January 2020. In response, Robert Adelson formed Adelson & Associates, LLC in December 2019 and commenced the new law firm’s operations on January 1, 2020, with the new law firm, Adelson & Associates, LLC, from that date and going forward, taking over all current Robert Adelson clients and matters, as well as all referral of legal work to associates of Robert Adelson.
Commencing tomorrow, 1/15/2020, the address for the new law firm Adelson & Associates, LLC will be 101 Federal Street, Suite 1900, Boston, MA 02110 (another premier Class A office building across the street from our prior building, One Federal Street, with our new offices, this time, on the 19th floor rather than the 21st floor).
The office phone number (617-951-9980 ext 205) and fax number (617-951-0048) are, for the present, those of Engel & Schultz LLP. However, by the end of January 2020, it is expected the new office phone and fax for Adelson & Associates, LLC will be in place. If any question arises in this period, when trying to reach Robert Adelson by phone, please use the direct Mobile phone number which remains unchanged and will continue in full use now and going forward (617-875-8665).
The email for Robert Adelson ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is, for the present, his Engel & Schultz LLP email. The new domain for Adelson & Associates, LLC has been established, and Robert Adelson’s new email is email@example.com. However, the seamless migration of firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com has not yet been completed. By the end of January 2020, it is expected that the email migration will be completed. So, until you are advised that the email migration has been completed or you begin to receive email from the new email address, please continue to use firstname.lastname@example.org for all email communications to Robert Adelson.
Our website remains essentially unchanged, with the same internet address – www.executiveemploymentattorney.com. In marketing, our new shingle and brand will give greater emphasis to my website and marketing emphasis: “Adelson & Associates, LLC – Executive Employment Attorney.” The webpage, established for me at CEOWorld magazine, too will remain largely unchanged. The web address remains –http://ceoworld.biz/author/robert-adelson/ . At that address, you will have a link to over twenty-five (25) articles Robert Adelson has written over the last few years and published in CEOWorld magazine. These are articles on executive job offers, restricted stock and stock options, RSUs, executive bonus structures, change of control, executive retention agreements, wrongful termination and constructive termination and many other subjects of interest to CEOs, CFOs, CSOs, CTOs, COOs, VPs and other senior executives in industries ranging from financial institutions, retailers and manufacturers to software, medical devices and biotechnology companies. From his contributions, Robert Adelson has been recognized by the magazine as an opinion columnist and authority in this field for the CEOWORLD Magazine.
At the same time, Robert Adelson continues to represent a number of small companies, company founders, entrepreneurs and independent consultants. That will not change. Robert Adelson will continue those representations and accept new clients in those areas who seek me out. However, the Adelson & Associates, LLC marketing emphasis and the majority of its law practice growth is expected to occur in the representation of CEOs, C-level and senior executive in executive employment, executive equity compensation, retention and separation situations.
It has been our pleasure to serve you over the past 15 years under the firm name Engel & Schultz LLP, and we very much look forward to continuing to serve you under our new shingle, Adelson & Associates, LLC.
If you have a question or comment on my new law firm, please don’t hesitate to call or email Robert Adelson. Also, if business or pleasure finds you in the Post Office Square area of Boston’s downtown Financial District, and you would like to check out our new offices, please give a call or shoot us an email, and, as Ernie Boch Jr would say, “Come on down!”
ROBERT A. ADELSON, ESQ.
Adelson & Associates, LLC / Executive Employment Attorney
101 Federal Street, 19th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Office: (617) 951-9980 EXT. 205
Mobile : (617) 875-8665
FAX: (617) 951-0048
Webpage : www.executiveemploymentattorney.com
A week ago, on October 30, 2019, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Executive Equity Compensation in Severance Negotiations”. The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWOLRD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.
This was my 25th article published in CEOWORLD. Earlier this year, the editor advised that I can add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field.
This article, my most recent, published October 30, is designed for CEOs, C-level and senior executives, for whom equity can often be the most valuable part of their executive compensation package. The article addresses the question – what happens to that equity position if you face employment termination – and offers tips for severance negotiations over equity, including
Or on my website at
With more than 12.4+ million-page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide.
The editor has also advised that I can add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field.
It is my hope that this article will be helpful to CEOs, COOs, CMOs, other C-Level and senior executives to provide for appropriate terms to protect their equity rights in any present or future severance negotiations. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at email@example.com.