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, “Negotiate Like a CEO,” 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.”

Negotiate Like a CEO is a lively, clear, and comprehensive guide to contract negotiations and employment law, with practical advice for everyone


As a hi-tech Silicon Valley attorney, Stein is brutally honest in assessing a situation and advising his clients. In Negotiate Like a CEO you’ll learn to be aware, to recognize potential employment pitfalls, and how to protect yourself. You’ll also learn that you may have more leverage than you might think, either now or as you advance in your career.

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.’

I’ve been through changes in management, company sale, company relocation, downsizing and working for out and out a–holes. I had thought that I had agreed to some good offer letters and separation agreements over the years. In retrospect, I found that I left so much on the table and was vulnerable in many areas. This book is for us lowly peons who never made it to the C-Suite.

Negotiate Like a CEO provides the ultimate no-nonsense guide for those who want to protect themselves, their friends, and family, both in the business world and personal life. It doesn’t matter how big or small your company or dreams are, this book is one you must read. Highly recommended.

Negotiate Like a CEO isn’t afraid to share the cold, hard facts of the business world and give you the real guidance you need.

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.

Negotiate Like a CEO is a tremendous resource and a book you must read if you aspire to be successful in business. Highly recommended.

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