“I HEREBY RESIGN”: Job Transitioning: How Individuals Properly Prepare, Resign and Move to the Competition, and How Companies Best Manage That Process

Steven L. Manchel, Esq.
Vellum, 2019
84 Pages
ISBN 978-1-7330408-4-6 Paperback
ISBN 978-1-7330408-5-3 Hardcover
Price: $20.00 Paperback
$28.00 Hardcover

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About the Author

Steven L. Manchel possesses the highest possible attorney rating and has extensive national experience in recruiting matters, broker-dealer litigation, securities litigation, and complex civil litigation. After graduating from Washington University School of Law, he clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

About the book

The fundamental purpose of this book is to provide a practical and useful “how to guide” for people who are deciding whether to leave their current employer and join a direct competitor, and for companies involved in the hiring and recruiting process. Many employees are subject to so-called Non-Competition Agreements and, consequently, already understand that there are significant risks, legal and business, when transitioning jobs.  However, what most do not appreciate is that there are a host of laws and protocols, having nothing to do with whether an employment contract exists, that govern the way one may properly prepare to leave and the manner in which the hiring company can bring the new hire on board.

Every year millions of people voluntarily leave the company for which they work to join a direct competitor. Additionally, over the course of a typical working career, a person is likely to change jobs upwards of seven times, and of those moves at least four or five will involve joining a direct competitor. Millions more every year consider, perhaps explore, the notion of quitting their jobs in order to join the competition. All such undertakings, even if the decision ultimately is made not to leave, bring great legal and litigation and business risks; risks that can result in large damage awards, injunction orders and general corporate disruption and turmoil. This book offers important guidance and practical tips on how to avoid or minimize those risks.


“Manchel is like the hiring whisperer.  He has a profound legal and psychological and emotional understanding of all sides of the recruiting process; an invaluable skill set for both individuals and companies.  Whether the reader is an employee, a manager or runs a multi-state corporation, they will unquestionably benefit from his singular expertise and experience.”

— Jennifer L. Lauro, VP Group Counsel, The  Hanover Ins. Group, Inc.

“This book should find its way to the desk of anyone who is contemplating a transition to a competing firm, now or in the future.  It is also a ‘must-read’ for all organizations involved in lateral hiring, as it explains the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of talent acquisition.”

— Boris Groysberg, Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

“There is no vaccine yet for avoiding lawsuits when moving to a competitor, but this book will help all readers greatly when assessing a job move from an individual, business and legal vantage point.”

— Keith Wexelblatt, Associate General Counsel, Reebok International Ltd.

“Manchel is singularly capable of taking complex legal issues and packaging them in a way that the most inexperienced among us can understand and appreciate. He has given the readers an incredibly user-friendly way to protect themselves and to help lessen their stress.”

— James B. Adelman, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Commonwealth Financial Network.