Don’t Let Disparagement or Defamation Blackball Your Executive Career Prospects

On April 27, 2021, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Don’t Let Disparagement or Defamation Blackball Your Executive Career Prospects”. 

This April 2021 article was 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:

  • Company’s plan to fire the executive for cause, where, on short notice, we effected a complete reversal of that situation from a negative to a positive for the C-level executive’s reputation, plus significant severance and deterrence of any future recurrence of  attempted defamation;
  • Company’s public announcements that made the innocent C-level executive toxic and essentially unemployable in his industry, where the public company was made to rectify the situation, including signing a document that I prepared, a corrective document to the company’s 8K filing, that the company’s securities law counsel  then filed with the SEC; and
  • Changes initiated to a draconian no-rehire provision in the executive’s separation agreement that met the company’s needs but removed the cloud over this senior executive with recruiters and for future employment.. 

The article then moves on to and concludes with a discussion of other provisions of the separation agreement and my recommendations on the handling of termination and terms for a mutual non-disparagement clause to protect not just the company (as the company’s first draft separation agreement almost always does) but the executive as well (through language we seek to add).

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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

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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 tweet or share this article. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in the areas covered in this article, please do reach out to me at


Author: Robert Adelson

Robert Adelson has been a corporate and tax attorney since 1977. He began as an associate at nationally prominent New York City “mega” law firms, first at the Wall Street firm Dewey Ballantine Bushby Palmer & Wood and later at the Park Avenue firm Weil Gotshal & Manges. In 1985, Adelson returned home, where he has since established himself as a respected Boston business attorney. He has attained partner at several small and midsize Boston law firms, most recently at Lawson & Weitzen LLP and then Zimble Brettler LLP, where he was a partner from 1994 to 2004 before becoming a partner at Engel & Schultz LLP from 2004 to 2019. With the breakup of that firm over semi-retirement of senior partners, Robert Adelson formed the firm Adelson & Associates, LLC, where he is the principal, that commenced operations 1/1/2020.

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