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Non-Compete and Trade Secrets

& Trade Secrets

Our attorneys collaborate with you to develop a proactive legal strategy to protect your proprietary information and prevent misappropriation. We can help you obtain emergency relief in days or even hours when you’re faced with the theft of trade secrets.

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Non-Compete and Trade Secrets

Defending Your Business Interests

Theft of trade secrets, disloyalty, and employee raiding can irreparably damage your business. With a proactive legal strategy, you can help prevent threats from occurring in the first place and protect yourself when they do.

Trade secrets and other proprietary information are often among a business’s most valuable assets. For this reason, it is essential to make every effort to protect your information assets, including using non-compete agreements. But even with these precautions in place, your competitors, suppliers, departing and former employees, and others may seek to misappropriate your information for their own benefit.

Effective Strategies for Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements

If you fall victim to such an attack, quick and decisive action is critical. Our non-compete and trade secrets attorneys are ready to serve you at a moment’s notice. We routinely handle these matters within a matter of days or even hours, and frequently obtain emergency relief for our clients. Should your case need to go beyond the emergency relief phase, you’ll benefit from our firm’s extensive trial and appellate experience, where we’ve established a strong record of achieving victories for our clients.

Our services include:

  • High-stakes trade secret litigation
  • Emergency injunctive relief
  • Investigations of trade secret theft
  • Evaluation of restrictive covenants
  • Trade secret policies and best practices
  • Pre-litigation dispute resolution
  • Individual defense

Whether you represent a small or large organization, or are an individual requiring defense against accusations of wrongdoing, our non-compete and trade secrets attorneys can help.

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Non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements

Our attorneys move swiftly and effectively to seek enforcement and defend claims in matters related to breach of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. Our experience includes:

  • Securing a $2 million award, including punitive damages, in a contested FINRA arbitration. Prior, we obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The arbitration panel ruled a departing employee breached non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and held the departing employee’s new employer jointly and severally liable for the award.
  • Securing a landmark decision on enforcement of a restrictive covenant against a departing employee before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which held that continued at-will employment constitutes lawful consideration to support a restrictive covenant signed by a current employee.
  • Secured stipulated injunctions in favor of our client in multistate, simultaneous litigation, holding defendants to the terms of their contractual non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.
  • Successfully enforced a non-competition agreement when a top regional salesperson was hired by a competitor. Our team secured a temporary restraining order within days of the employee’s departure, leading to the employee’s resignation and a favorable case settlement.
  • Secured a high-dollar settlement for our client after instituting a FINRA arbitration against departing employees who breached terms of their non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.

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