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Non-Compete Law

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]

Business Litigation Podcast 4 – End of year Q/A and “Right to Work” state

Ever wanted to know what “right to work” had to do with your non-compete? short answer: Nothing.  Want to know what happens if your company loses your non-compete contract? short answer: hard to sue on breach of contract without the contract. 5 minutes of general business litigation topics and Virginia law. Happy New Year all! 

New Year’s Resolution – Starting a New Business in 2016?

I have a great New Year’s Resolution for you this year. Repeat after me: “In 2016, I will do my best not to get sued by my ex-employer.” Isn’t that a great resolution? Saves time, big money, emotional energy, etc. A winner. But how do you keep this resolution? Does it require a fitness membership?...[Read More]

Tis’ the Season to quit your job and start a new Virginia Business

In the ten years I have been helping Virginia employees transition from one job to another, I have noticed a trend.  End of year bonus in hand, employees quit their jobs around Christmas and open new companies in the new year. Not a bad idea, when thoughtfully done.  Are you looking at the above timeline?...[Read More]

Bad Behavior gets Virginia Employees sued!

I am a student of human nature. I like to understand what motivates people, and what makes them tick.  I have practiced law for over ten years in various different specialties,  most recently non-compete and business tort litigation on behalf of employees.  And in many of the cases where a Virginia employee is sued, I see...[Read More]

Virginia law on starting your own business

I’m sorry but the title of this article is sort of a trap.  I am not going to advise you on how to get your Federal EIN number, or business license through your locality, or even advise you whether an LLC or Corporation is best for your new business model.  My goal is simple. My...[Read More]

Why Virginia Courts will not re-draft your contract to be reasonable

Virginia is a wonderful place. It is for lovers. It has mountains and oceans and delightful seasons. We have both urban and rural, crowded and vast spaces. It is a Commonwealth, and when I read a contract that states Virginia is a State (and doesn’t reference the fact it is a Commonwealth) I presume the...[Read More]

Why it’s better to save money than win in court!

I love quizzes and magazine surveys. Let’s take a short one here. Would you rather: Spend (a) $2,000 or (b) $20,000 on attorneys fees? Obviously  – b.   Let go of a dispute quickly by (a) walking away, or (b) fighting it out until the end and having a judge say you win? Tougher question.  ...[Read More]