Non-compete agreements — also known as restrictive covenants or covenants not to compete — limit the right of an employee or business to freely compete. They are supposed to protect employers against unfair competition by their former employees and the competing businesses that hire them. An employee who signs a non-compete agreement promises not to engage in certain competitive activities both during and after termination of employment. To be enforceable, a non-compete agreement can only protect an employer’s legitimate business interests and must be reasonable in scope, duration and geography.
Our contract lawyers at Kramer & Kramer possess 75 years of combined experience drafting non-compete agreements and assisting businesses with enforcement against non-compliant former workers. We also advise employees who have signed non-compete agreements about possible defenses and exit strategies.
Often a business needs carefully drafted non-compete agreements to protect their business investment, relationships and goodwill. Errors can void non-compete agreements, leaving a business vulnerable to risks. Our contract lawyers carefully draft non-compete agreements that protect businesses’ interests. In addition, we have years of experience vigorously enforcing these agreements when violations improperly threaten a company’s ability to conduct business.
Businesses, employees or independent contractors who have signed non-compete agreements must take them very seriously. Employers can sue for money damages if a valid non-compete agreement is violated. In addition, restrictive covenants can prevent professionals from pursuing new employment and business opportunities.
We advise our clients about whether a non-compete agreement hinders future employment plans and advocate for clients who have been sued for breach of a non-compete agreement. Our services include:
Kramer & Kramer has two offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Rydal, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the country.
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