David Meltzer, entrepreneur, podcaster, recently had Jotham Stein on his podcast, The Playbook.

Here’s what Stephen F. Diamond, a Silicon Valley board member, consultant and business law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, has to say about Jotham’s latest book:

“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 59 lively fictional entrepreneur and executive stories about a wide range of employment situations. The stories underscore 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.”

Even CEOs Get Fired is a lively, clear, and comprehensive guide to contract negotiations and employment law, with practical advice for everyone


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.’

Jotham has been invaluable to me for decades in critical areas as employment agreements and company acquisitions.

“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.”

The best there is. Literally.

One of the best entrepreneurial lawyers I have had the pleasure work with.

Jotham is a very valued legal adviser who also provides broad and pragmatic business guidance to our medical clinic and has for years!

As a CEO and multi-time Silicon Valley executive, I was very fortunate to learn from Jotham early in my career the great importance of the protective employment offer letter. Employment law is very complex and with this book you can learn from the best.

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