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Executive Transition Counseling

For executives making a transition during the course of their careers, there are many facets to consider and negotiations that occur along the way. Winthrop & Weinstine’s Employment team has a long history of working closely with executives and representing their interests as they transition into or out of an organization. With our extensive experience in the varied aspects of employment law, our lawyers help clients smoothly navigate these challenges, whether they work for a public or private company.

Our Approach

Because of our experience in employment matters, including counseling, benefits, executive compensation and litigation, we are deeply knowledgeable about the business aspects and nuances involved in a transition, at times in connection with the sale of a business. In addition, our representation of businesses informs our guidance for executives; by understanding how decisions are made, strategies of negotiation, and priorities involved, we are able to manage the transition process and obtain successful results for our clients.

Clients Include

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers
  • Presidents, Vice Presidents and Directors
  • Board members
  • Senior-level managers


  • Compensation
  • Exit packages and severance
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Equity considerations
  • Tax consequences, including 280g golden parachute considerations
  • Contract negotiation
  • Rights and obligations of deferred compensation
  • Change of Control agreements