Noncompetes And Other Restrictive Covenant Agreements
In today’s competitive global marketplace, nothing is more important to the success of a business than the ability to protect and retain human resources, intellectual property, trade secrets, workplace technology and client relationships. Noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality covenants are widely used for this purpose in business relationships and employment situations.
However, because these agreements can limit a person’s other employment and business relationship options, legislatures and courts around the country tend to not favor them, and many statutes and court decisions have narrowed the enforceability of these covenants.
Many business professionals learn through experience that their confidentiality or noncompetition agreements do not fully protect them. Others discover that their newly hired personnel are bound by a covenant to a prior employer who intends to enforce its rights. Creating effective, enforceable covenants and protecting valuable customer relationships, confidential information and trade secrets require the assistance of a skilled attorney who is familiar with the laws and decisions in this field.
Our Texas business law attorneys at Stephenson Fournier are exceptionally qualified to handle the legal issues associated with confidentiality, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.
Creating Enforceable Restrictive Covenants
We help our clients protect their assets and business relationships by formulating innovative policies and contracts that address each client’s specific needs. We prepare and negotiate enforceable confidentiality agreements, non-competition agreements and restrictive covenant agreements. We also create policies for trade secret and confidential information ownership, protection and retention.
Our attorneys routinely advise clients with regard to structuring and minimization of risk when recruiting individuals or groups of employees, and we help our clients quickly investigate and respond to situations involving thefts of trade secrets or other types of unfair competition.
Our attorneys have highly developed listening skills, taking the time to get to know and understand our clients and their businesses. Our high level of personal attention and service enables us to tailor business contracts to our clients’ needs.