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Non-Compete Law

Non-Compete Law

Broker Protocol – always changing

All – no surprise here, but a few of the big financial houses have decided they don’t like to share.  I know, shocking right? According to www.thinkadvisor.com  Morgan Stanley and UBS may have left the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, but Merrill Lynch says it is staying put. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo says it remains undecided about whether it will stay or go….[Read More]

Ahh, the emails tell the story

Today most major newspapers have headlines regarding the President’s son and his email exchange with a British tabloid journalist, arranging a meeting with a Kremlin connected attorney from Russia.  Yes, it sounds like a soap opera – but I truly don’t care about the content or context of the emails (well, at least not for…[Read More]

Even smart people are dumb – #noncompetes #jobsecurity Google v. Uber

Forgive me, I use hashtags ironically.  And this morning, after having read yet another article  about the ongoing trade secret litigation between Google and Uber, respectively.  This is not a surprising scenario, but as alleged we have the following players: Company 1 (Google) has long term employee (we will call him Bozo) who helps Company 1…[Read More]

Blue Pencil Provisions in Virginia Contracts

Lawyers come up with some strange names for things. It’s true. We plead. We allege. We say things like Notwithstanding, and aforementioned. We like funny words.  One name I am constantly explaining to clients is the working definition of ‘blue pencil provision.’ In contracts, a blue pencil provision allows the court, as a third party,…[Read More]

What does your Non-Compete really mean?

Imagine this: CALLER: “Dear attorney, my contract says I can sell Christmas trees within a 150 miles from my old Christmas tree stand. Does that mean 150 miles by road, or as the crow flies?” ATTORNEY: “Well, that depends. Does the contract specify? No? Then it means what the parties thought it meant when they…[Read More]

Emails: You might as well hand your ex-employer a gun!

We represent employees is disputes against employers.  The cases may involve alleged violations of non-compete contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, etc.  One of the first things we tell new clients is not to destroy or delete existing emails (whether on the employer’s server or the employee’s home or spouses’s computer).  The…[Read More]

Don’t order the steak – trust me.

I am big on trust. I am big on “going with your gut.” But I am also very big on open and clear communication.  If you went to a restaurant and told the waiter, “I love steak. Steak is my favorite, what is your best beef dish?” And the server replied, “Order the pork-chop,” you…[Read More]