Client Testimonials for Robert Adelson, Esq.

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“God, what a pleasure to work with a major leaguer. I found Rob Adelson on the internet, seeking counsel for my new founder and Acting CEO role at a new biotech startup. Although we use the Silicon Valley firm Wilson Sonsini to represent our biotech company, I needed someone to represent me. And was I glad I found Rob! With his deep business, contracts and tax law knowledge and broad experience representing executives all over the country, he introduced many important terms into my executive employment agreement to protect my employment, compensation, bonus structure and tax favored equity terms, plus important severance triggers and robust severance terms – even critical anti-dilution protections! Plus, not only is Rob comprehensive, but he moves at breakneck speed and offers valuable negotiation tips enabling me to reach a deal. And he has been there for me when needed afterwards. I’m a serial entrepreneur and have had many attorneys represent me over the years, but if you also are lucky enough to find Rob Adelson, take it from me, I don’t think you will find a better executive employment attorney to represent your interests.”

Harry Lander, Ph.D., COO / Interim CEO, Free Solo Therapeutics, Inc.


“Robert demonstrated his breadth of legal expertise and knowledge when I hired him to represent me as I was negotiating terms as a Chief Medical Officer. He very capably prepared me, and was always kind, personable and responsive. For potential executives seeking legal representation, I highly recommend Mr. Adelson.”

Madhuri Reddy MD MSc, Geriatrician/Harvard Medical School/CoFounder CareAcademy


“It is my pleasure to recommend Robert Adelson. Robert is an exceptional attorney with true compassion for people and families. He has been instrumental in assisting me with both employment and personal agreements. Rob is very effective in negotiating what is in the best interest of his client, there was never a time where I did not feel as if Rob didn’t have our best interest at the forefront of negotiations while still maintaining a fair position for both sides. I would personally recommend Rob for all facets of employment contracts and negotiations, he is truly a pleasure to work with and a valuable asset to any team.”

Debbie Melanson, Medical Device Manufacturing / Sr. Operations Management


“I worked with Rob on an amendment to my employment agreement for my last CEO position. When hiring a professional I’ve found it’s nearly always best to hire a specialist for your problem. I chose Rob because he has deep experience negotiating executive employment agreements and I felt a rapport with him during our initial consult. I really felt that Rob was in my corner as a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for my interests throughout the process”

Chris Harvey, Founder & CEO,


“Rob has been a tremendous asset and partner for me, helping me negotiate executive agreements in three different company settings over the past 11 years – both going in and in renegotiating employment terms as I was promoted. Rob provided excellent counsel and advised me when negotiating contracts for VP Sales, COO, and CEO positions, prepared revised drafts of offer letters, employment, and complex equity agreements, change of control terms, NDAs and non-competes. I found Rob to be truly expert and very detail-oriented and helpful on contract terms, including advice covering business and tax law issues of employment. These have become particularly complex in recent years, and I’ve always found Rob to be right on top of current law and practice.
Rob was and is always available on short notice to discuss negotiating situations and will step in to help with direct discussions if needed. After one particularly difficult negotiation, my colleagues asked for Rob’s contact information, remarking that he was the best negotiator they had encountered.

Over the last decade of working together, I have come to value Rob not only as my attorney, but also as a friend. If you are considering an executive position, I heartily and enthusiastically recommend that you contact and work with Rob early in the process to gain the full value of his expertise, fair-minded approach, energy, and strategic thinking.”

John Chickosky, CEO, Natrix Separations


“I highly recommend Rob Adelson’s legal services when negotiating executive level employment contracts. Rob is very resourceful in obtaining pertinent information and exceedingly thorough in leveraging that data throughout the negotiation process — as he did for me with a Fortune 50 Company. Rob listens to your needs & requirements, provides excellent advice, and represents you to the prospective employer in a non-confrontational and efficient manner. I encourage senior level executives to engage Rob when changing jobs…or renegotiating.”

Lou Ramery, Senior Vice President, Customer Relationship Marketing, Sears Holdings Corporation


“A focused commitment to his client’s goals strengthened by a perfusion of energy, a prodigious experience in his area of legal services, positivity and perseverance are traits that one would hope to find in a lawyer that crafts and advocates the terms of one’s professional contracts. My relationship with Rob Adelson has benefited from his characteristics for over a score of years with multiple assignments. Rob is also an affable, enthusiastic person with the gift of being able to “think out of the box” and to suggest creative paths to help negotiate towards desired terms. I recommend Rob to you as the person I have described and as a very expert attorney who can be depended upon to be comprehensive, expedient and reasonable in his professional services.”

Edward S. Neiss, M.D., Ph.D., President & CEO, Almedica International Inc.


“Robert worked as a close partner during my employment contract negotiations, paid close attention to detail and was well prepared during each phase of our discussions pointing out alternative paths. I would recommend him.”

Steve Ruggieri, President, Dynasil Corporation of America (DYSL.OB)


“Rob not only prepared my employment agreement, but he also negotiated it with the hiring company. Simply put, he got me the terms I wanted and needed and by his negotiating with the hiring company I was not put into an adversarial situation with the company that I was soon to lead as CEO. He is an excellent attorney that understands the requirements of an employee getting into an executive position with a public company. I recommend that you contact Rob Adelson if you are seeking a new position in a public company. And you should do it early in the process.”

Elliott Block, CEO, Medicorp Sciences


“I am pleased to recommend Rob Adelson’s services in preparing executive level contracts. Rob developed my contract for Vice President, Sales & Marketing at a highly successful, private, high technology company. He was very thorough, particularly in addressing every possible scenario as the company grew and was eventually acquired. His approach was fair and reasonable for both employer and employee. And both parties achieved their financial goals.”

Richard Tecca, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Intelligent Motion Systems


“Robert helped me with both my employment agreement as COO, and also on a re-negotiation of stock options terms and conditions. He was very helpful, responsive and a very good negotiator. Thanks Robert!”

Christopher Sole, CEO, PlaceLinks


“I met Robert Adelson while at MIT Sloan and after I had accepted my first executive sales position. As a young executive, I was not aware of how critical it was to engage a great attorney to help structure a successful employment agreement. Robert has been around the startup-technology circles sufficiently to understand and share the critical patterns all business executives must execute flawlessly. Robert’s skills included analysis, legal best-practices, rapid turnaround and exceptional reliability. He did a great job for me on such issues as bonus structure, employee equity, shareholder agreements, severance and limitation of the non-compete. He also gave a very well received webinar on employment agreement negotiations for my group the MIT Sloan CEO Network. From our experience together, I fully recommend Robert to anyone with a job offer and employment contract or equity to structure or negotiate.”

Taariq Lewis, Founder at Stanzr

Recognition of Mr. Adelson from Publications

Article: 12-26-99 Boston Globe – Negotiate, Have lawyer check out job contract

Book Excerpt: 2000 End of Shareholder Value – Rise of Third Party Agents