Non-Compete Agreements, and the other team’s playbook

Our office typically represents employees in business litigation disputes. Yes, we occasionally represent a company but more often than not, we are fighting for an employee who wants to continue work in his or her chosen profession. We do this by evaluating their contracts, the situation and facts, and  arguing (when it is appropriate to…[Read More]

Broker Protocol / Virginia Financial Adviser Podcast – Virginia Business Litigation Podcast Episode 3

Hey friends – better to be safe than sorry if you are leaving one financial house for another and hoping to take your book of business with you. This brief podcast highlights some of the traps, rumors and problems with transitioning advisers, broker protocol, and other contractual issues.  Let us know if we can help. 

Advice for Virginia’s Millennials when signing an Employment Contract (because we know you will quit your job soon to further dedicate yourself to your online startup and won’t call a lawyer when you do)

Advice for Virginia’s Millennials when signing an Employment Contract (because we know you will quit your job soon to further dedicate yourself to your online startup and won’t call a lawyer when you do) Have you heard, we older Americans like to categorize people. It’s true. We subdivide one another by age, birth year or…[Read More]

How do Courts Measure Distance in Non-Compete Contracts?

Most non-compete contracts prohibit competitive activity by the ex-employee within a certain number of miles of the employer’s business. The typical language prohibits competitive activity within a 15 to 25 mile radius of the employer’s business.  The language, and how courts interpret this restrictive language, can get tricky.  For example, some courts have found that a…[Read More]

Virginia Doctor Wins Non-Compete Dispute

Mark one down for the good guys!  Dr. Thomas Fame began working for the Asthma and Allergy Center in Salem, Virginia in 2010, but was let go by that organization in May of 2015.  After he was fired, the practice group argued that Dr. Fame’s contract imposed a two-year block on his ability to treat…[Read More]

New Year’s Resolution – Starting a New Business in 2016?

I have a great New Year’s Resolution for you this year. Repeat after me: “In 2016, I will do my best not to get sued by my ex-employer.” Isn’t that a great resolution? Saves time, big money, emotional energy, etc. A winner. But how do you keep this resolution? Does it require a fitness membership?…[Read More]

Residential Real Estate Brokers and Non-Competes

By now readers of this blog know our position.  We strongly believe that non-compete and non-solicitation clauses are bad.  They are bad not only for the unsuspecting/unknowing employee but they are bad for innovation, bad for economic growth and development, and bad for the economy. It appears that some business owners agree with me.  Robert Reffkin…[Read More]