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In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Debbie L. Berman examines best practices to help companies avoid public and courtroom battles when high-level executives depart. She explains that departures do not have to involve public battles or litigation if handled correctly. She offers three tips for companies: 1. negotiate severance terms when negotiating the original employment agreement; 2. document, document, document; and 3. avoid making negative statements about the departing executive. Associate Leah K. Williams contributed to the article.