Even CEOs Get Fired: An Engaging Look at How Top Entrepreneurs and Execs Protect Themselves and How You Can Too

$29.99 CAD

By: Jotham Stein
“Jotham is a guy you want in your corner.  His book should be required reading for any exec who thinks ‘this could never happen to me.'”
―Andy Cohen, founder and CEO, Caring.com

How to Talk Money

Are you considering a career move? Negotiating for a raise? Wondering what might happen if your employer was sold or restructured? The rewards can be great… but so can the risks. Those who succeed in the corporate world know how to look out for themselves – and so should you!

Even CEOs Get Fired is a lively, clear, and comprehensive guide to contract negotiations and employment law, with practical advice for everyone – from C-Suite execs and founders, to fresh-out-of-undergrad new hires – on how to maximize your earnings and protect yourself if things don’t go according to plan.

Paperback 6×9 | ISBN 9781895131512
eBook | ISBN: 9781895131529

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Jotham Stein is a Silicon Valley employment lawyer who represents entrepreneurs, C-Suite executives, board members, and senior managers, as well as less senior employees at companies of every size and type. In Even CEOs Get Fired, Jotham walks readers through the best practices, common pitfalls, and sky’s-the-limit possibilities in the various stages of a career – from getting hired, to surviving an employer’s changes in control, to a voluntarily exit… to getting fired.

Each chapter focuses on a particular issue, mixing straightforward actionable advice with engaging fictional stories, based on real-life scenarios Jotham has seen in his practice. Readers starting out in their careers, or considering jumping into entrepreneurship, will learn how to negotiate like a CEO, regardless of their position. Those already in the C-Suite will appreciate his explanation of which documents and clauses really matter in complex employment agreements, and how to maximize your leverage by focusing on the bottom line.

Even CEOs Get Fired is the ultimate guide to talking money, an essential tool for anyone moving up in business.


Jotham S. Stein is the principal of the Law Offices of Jotham S. Stein P.C., in Palo Alto, California, and St. Charles, Illinois (www.jotham.com). For more than twenty years, his law firm has represented entrepreneurs, C-Suite executives, board members, and senior managers, as well as less senior employees of all types and size companies. Firm attorneys work on employment agreements, separation agreements, M & A agreements, change in control agreements, stock option agreements, and much more.

Jotham is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, New York, Colorado and the District of Columbia as well as the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits and several United States District Courts. He has also served as part-time General Counsel of a high-technology Silicon Valley company.

He is the author of the legal textbook and professional guide: Executive Employment Law: Protecting Executives, Entrepreneurs and Employees (first published by Oxford University Press, now in its seventh edition, with Lexis/Nexis).

In Even CEOs Get Fired, Jotham brings this wealth of experience to a general audience. The book is an engaging read meant for everyone. It provides colorful detail and great insight regarding what happens at the top of major companies, businesses, and corporations. It also provides direct and invaluable advice to people at every level of the corporate world, helping them to succeed there and protect themselves.


“Jotham has helped me throughout my career, from setting up strong employment agreements to securing stock compensation to protecting the management team during the sale of my company.  Jotham is a guy you want in your corner.  His book should be required reading for any exec who thinks ‘this could never happen to me.'”
―Andy Cohen, founder and CEO, Caring.com

“The best there is. Literally.”
―Boris Feldman, partner, Wilson Sonsini

“Jotham has been invaluable to me for decades in critical areas as employment agreements and company acquisitions.”
―Scott Eagle, co-founder and former COO, 12 Digit Marketing, Inc.; co-founder and CEO, MDM Enterprise Solutions, Inc.

“One of the best entrepreneurial lawyers I have had the pleasure work with.”
―Scott VanDeVelde, former Chief Revenue Officer, Dotomi Inc.; former Executive Vice President, Conversant Inc.; co-founder and former CEO 12 Digit Marketing Inc.

“I relied on Jotham when I was an exec at public companies – now my business relies on him to help it grow. Best lawyer for execs and entrepreneurs I know.”
―Michael Archer, former SVP, Dun & Bradstreet; former President and CMO, Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner); CEO Common Interest Management Services.

“Jotham is a very valued legal adviser who also provides broad and pragmatic business guidance to our medical clinic and has for years!”
―Gregory Buncke, M.D., Director The Buncke Clinic


“Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive employment lawyer Jotham Stein has done it again.

In his newest book, Even CEOs Get Fired Stein draws on decades of experience representing CEOs and other executives and employees to guide his readers through the key stages of the employment  relationship. Stein engages the reader through the use of lively vignettes that are based on his actual experience with hundreds, if not thousands, of actual negotiations over a wide range of employment situations. The vignettes accompany Stein’s readable explanation of the key stages of the employment relationship and how employees can improve their outcomes in these relationships.

Each chapter – such as “The Professional Prenuptial Agreement – AKA The Employment Contract” – closes with “Things to Remember.” For example, the Employment Contract chapter reminds readers to avoid certain widespread “equity pitfalls” after explaining precisely how to do that.

The book is accessible to the non-lawyer but does not shy away from explaining critical, if complex, employment terms, such as change in control provisions and the best way to handle the negotiation of a severance agreement. Yes, as Stein clearly and persuasively explains, these terms can be negotiated, and that can – and often does – lead to better outcomes for executives and other employees.

I highly recommend this book for a wide range of readers. It will certainly be useful to C-suite executives (because, after all, “even CEOs get fired”) but will prove equally useful to other employees occupying managerial roles at today’s corporations or aspiring to such a role, particularly, but not just, those in Silicon Valley or other high-tech centers.”

―Stephen F. Diamond, Silicon Valley board member, consultant and business law professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

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