Many employees enjoy a kind of “free agent” status that enables them to switch jobs at will, sometimes with little notice. However, when a departing employee has knowledge of trade secrets or other confidential information, or has significant customer contacts, employers need to guard against damage that may be inflicted by their departure. Restrictive covenants – including noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure – can serve as contractual barriers to protect employers and minimize risks.
Our lawyers have in-depth experience with restrictive covenants, as well as the litigation procedures – including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions – that come into play when they must be enforced. We have represented both employers and employees in related litigation. Our team is frequently called upon to assess the enforceability of restrictive covenants and assist in the preparation and negotiation of contracts that include them.
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