Severance Agreements


McBride Law Offices, P.C. represents employees with legal issues related to employment. If you have been presented with a severance agreement, it is critical that an attorney with specialized knowledge review the agreement and any relate documents. Matthew L. McBride III, owner and Principal of McBride Law Offices, P.C. possesses specialized knowledge and experience in this area of the law.  Mr. McBride can review your proposed severance agreement and provide you the necessary legal information to make an informed decision regarding whether or not you should sign the agreement, refuse to sign, or attempt to negotiate further before deciding to sign or not.  This process is described below:

  1. Advise of your legal rights

Mr. McBride will meet with you, via telephone or zoom conference, and advise you of your legal rights associated with your severance. The employer’s lawyer will insert negative language that will often times work against you. Mr. McBride will locate those areas of the agreement which pose a threat to you and advise you of your legal rights.

  1. Apply the law to the particular facts

Mr. McBride will apply Federal and Illinois law to your particular severance agreement. Often the language will seem benign or non-threatening. You may think the language is “boilerplate” or cannot be changed. Application of the law to the particular facts associated with your agreement is essential to determining whether or not changes are needed.

  1. Provide legal opinions

Mr. McBride will provide you legal opinions with regard to your severance agreement. Some of the language in the agreement may be unacceptable. Some may contain a level of risk, which you may be acceptable in light of the severance offered. Mr. McBride will arm you with the knowledge to help you make the ultimate decision with regard to your agreement: Accept as written, request changes, or reject the agreement.

  1. Negotiate additional severance

Most agreements provide inadequate severance. Mr. McBride has negotiated hundreds of agreements over the years, many with Fortune 500 companies. He has the experience in the marketplace to advise you if obtaining additional severance is a realistic option. Many times this will depend on any other claims you could assert against the company.

Mr. McBride strives to provide convenient, economical, first class legal services solely to employees who are considering signing a severance agreement. The process of scheduling a severance review can be accomplished online by e-mailing or by calling 847-394-3300.

The documents can be e-mailed to Mr. McBride and the flat fee one-time payment is conveniently and securely made online with when your appointment is confirmed. The Firm does not receive or keep credit card information. The legal consultation with Mr. McBride can be conducted telephonically or via Zoom Conferencing, whichever you prefer. The Firm conducts reviews for employees throughout Illinois. We look forward to serving you.