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Severance Lawyers

If you’ve recently received a severance package, we know you may have a lot of emotions. Anxiety, anger, frustration—maybe you feel some relief that your employer offered you money but also some uncertainty about whether you should accept it. That’s where the Severance Lawyers can help.

We are a network of experienced employment lawyers specializing in severance review. We help you answer all of your questions regarding your termination and severance package. We will thoroughly review the agreement, meet with you for up to an hour and provide you with our written comments.

You may not feel like you have any negotiating power, but our team of Severance Lawyers have been successful in improving the severance terms for the vast majority of our clients. You’ve worked hard—now let us work for you.

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Call  (800) 466-5015 or contact Severance Lawyers online to schedule your consultation.

  • Up-Front Pricing

    $700 flat-fee for a severance package review, meeting with one of our attorneys, and our written changes.

  • Nationwide Representation
    Our attorneys work in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Wherever you are, we can help!
  • Available When You Need Us
    We respond to all messages within 24 hours.
  • 15+ Years of Experience
    In less than two decades, our team has reviewed over 10,000 severance packages.

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  • How long do I have to sign the severance documents?

    When companies terminate employees and provide a severance package, the goal of the severance is to benefit both the company and the employee. Therefore, the employee has time to review the agreement. Review timelines depend on employee age and the number of people terminated simultaneously.

    • Employees under the age of 40 – No set time frame, but it must be reasonable and ample enough to review and understand the components.
    • Employees over the age of 40 – 21 days to review and sign and 7 days to reconsider and revoke your signature.
    • Multiple terminations at once – 45 days to review and sign and 7 days to reconsider and revoke your signature.
  • How is severance pay calculated?

    Several factors go into severance pay amounts. Employees in higher management positions may receive additional benefits like longer pay terms, office equipment, or medical benefits.

    Typical payouts can last up to 26 weeks and go by the following calculations:

    • Hourly Employees: Number of years with company X 1 week of regular pay = Severance Pay $ Total
    • Salaried Employees: Number of years with company X 2 weeks of regular pay = Severance Pay $ Total
  • Am I entitled to severance pay?

    No, most companies provide a severance agreement when they lay off or fire an employee. Offering a severance package is entirely optional for the company. Most companies only do it to protect themselves from future lawsuits, the employee going to a competitor company, or adverse claims from the employee. The company takes multiple factors into account when preparing the packages.

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What Is a Severance Agreement?

Your employment severance package is a binding agreement between you and your company that needs a legal review. It is a legal document established between an employer and an employee, specifying the conditions of the termination of employment. Typically, this contract is proposed to employees who are being dismissed or let go, though it can also be presented to those choosing to resign or retire.

The primary purpose of a severance agreement is to provide an outline of the obligations and privileges of both the employer and employee after the end of a person’s employment. Generally, it encompasses details about the employee’s final payroll, including their outstanding regular salary, accumulated vacation pay, bonuses, and possibly, an extra severance pay.

The severance pay is usually calculated based on the length of the employee's service and is given in exchange for certain agreements from the employee. These agreements often involve the employee waiving their right to sue the company for wrongful termination or other potential legal claims.

In addition, severance agreements often contain clauses related to non-disclosure and non-disparagement, where the employee agrees not to disclose sensitive company information or speak negatively about the company after their departure.

Severance agreements are not mandatory and depend on the employer's policies or the employee's employment contract. It's crucial for employees to carefully review and understand the terms of a severance agreement before signing, as it can have significant legal implications. Employees often seek legal counsel to ensure their rights are protected.

How We Can Help

Severance Lawyers help you navigate, review, and negotiate severance disclosures. Our attorneys work in major cities around the United States and can negotiate severance pay in any industry and for any position level. We will connect you with the right lawyer for your situation.

Almost certainly, your former employer worked with their legal team to draft a severance agreement. Whether your severance offer came as part of a mass layoff or an individual termination, employment lawyers have worked with your company to create a severance package that primarily protects their interests and limits the risk of future litigation.

It’s only fair that you have lawyers protecting your interests, too.

We know that receiving a severance package can be challenging and overwhelming. That’s why we treat every case with a compassionate attitude and individual attention. Severance Lawyers is an award-winning law firm with an unflinching commitment to helping clients transition from their former employers as smoothly and as successfully as possible. Your protection and best interests are considered every step of the way.

We are dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your severance package. Since 2006, we have been selected by our peers to the Super Lawyers List for Employment Law and Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Employment Law and named Best Lawyers.

There are no dumb questions. Nothing is off the table. We’ve helped thousands of clients claim the benefits they were entitled to, and we are ready to help you next.

What To Do Before Signing Your Severance Package

When you receive your severance agreement from your Human Resource department, remember, you do not have to sign it right away. Despite any pressure you may feel, you are legally entitled to take your time and consider the offer. There are several things you will want to do before signing the documents.

  1. Have it professionally reviewed by severance lawyers.
  2. Discuss with your employment severance lawyer the terms of your agreement, why job termination is occurring, and any comments or changes your lawyer proposes.
  3. Make necessary changes to the agreement.
  4. Negotiate.

Severance packages can come with a lot of legal jargon. We restate the legalities and discuss review points to your document in terms you will understand. Our employment lawyers offer flat-rate severance reviews. 

Call us at (800) 466-5015 for more information.

We know how pressing and time-sensitive this matter is to you. When you contact us, we will respond within 24 hours to review your severance agreement. Our lawyers will take the time to hear your story, answer your questions, and address your concerns.

We will make a recommendation of which items should be added, deleted, or amended in your employer’s severance agreement. If you’d like to take it from there, Severance Lawyers will empower you to negotiate directly with your employer by giving you all the information you need. On the other hand, if you would prefer to have us negotiate on your behalf, you are welcome to hire one of our attorneys to represent you to your former employer.

Award-Winning Attorneys


  • 2017/2018 Legal Award - Corporate LiveWire
  • Corporate INTL - 2018
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars
  • AI 2018 Legal Awards

Client Reviews

  • “They gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful.”

    My experience with Severance Lawyers was excellent. They gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful. They were a calming and confident presence during a difficult and uncertain time for me. Their guidance was outstanding at all times, prompt, professional,  timely and open for calls and quick updates. They invested the time to work through all of my questions and issues. I can’t thank them enough and would hire them again.

    - Wendy G.
  • “Would recommend Paul to anyone.”

    This law firm helped me achieve the results that I needed. Would recommend Paul to anyone that feels as though they have been wronged and need legal guidance and assistance.

    - Al W.
  • “From start to finish Tom was there to help me out every step of the way with our case.”

    Tom and his staff understand the law very well. They are quick to return calls, take the initiative, and explain things in a way I can understand. From start to finish Tom was there to help me out every step of the way with our case. I am glad to have Tom and his team on my side. I simply cannot thank them enough!

    - Michelle M.
  • “Helped turn my lemons into lemonade.”

    I found myself in a challenging & stressful situation that required legal representation and their attorney Paul Castronovo handled it beyond my expectations.  Paul is incredibly experienced/knowledgeable and I just felt like I was in good hands the entire time.  Paul has a calming demeanor too–which is helpful in these stressful situations. Paul helped turn my lemons into lemonade.

    - Tucker W.
  • “His confidence shined through instilling the confidence in me and peace of mind having him by my side.”

    Tom McKinney’s prompt attention, articulate and comprehensive advice addressed my Employment Agreement related issue. His confidence shined through instilling the confidence in me and peace of mind having him by my side. If you’re dealing with the proverbial ‘blood sucking’ company, look no further than Tom’s voice of reason.

    - Sweta M.
  • “He was professional and knowledgeable in employment law.”

    Going to Tom and his team for my case was the best decision I made. He was professional and knowledgeable in employment law. He helped me reach a resolution and I could not recommend him enough for anyone else out there.

    - Austin S.
  • “I have referred him to friends in NJ and NY.”

    Tom McKinney is one of the best attorneys that I know…whether to negotiate on your behalf or reviewing your agreement to make sure you are getting maximum value for your compensation. From stock options to deferred compensation.  I have referred him to friends in NJ and NY.

    - Sean C.
  • “Tom was prudent in having me use his services and I did not overpay when not needed.”

    I had Tom review my severance agreement. He provided a lot of valuable insight. I was able to go back to my employer with various points and double my package. Tom was prudent in having me use his services (told me to go back to my employer before fully engaging him) and I did not overpay when not needed.   Other lawyers could have easily taken advantage of my situation and over-lawyered the situation.

    - Joe K.

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