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Non-Compete Law

Non-Compete Law

Hair Club for Men – in the news again!

If you were an adolescent in the 1990s, there is no doubt you remember some of the classic Hair Club for Men commercials where men would smile while woman rubbed their hands across thick luscious clumps of natural looking hair on a man standing nearby. I recall friends reenacting the adds in middle school and…[Read More]

The feds chime in on non-competes – part II – White House Report Podcast

Just a few days ago my partner Dan and I were discussing the Dept. of Treasury luke warm report on non-compete agreements.. and Dan asked, why are they doing this? It was a fair question. Why is Treasury spending time and money looking into the economic impact of restrictive covenants, and why be so luke…[Read More]

Dept. of Treasury Office of Economic Policy – Position paper on Non-Compete Agreements. My two cents.

So there is a new Report out on the economic costs of non-compete agreements. It upsets me a little. Okay, so it upsets me more than a little. It would be like a report, funded by tax payer dollars, that has the following conclusion: People who make and sell video games think they enhance brain…[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]

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]

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]