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Non-Compete Law

Should I Have My Employment Contract Reviewed?

So, you have an employment contract. It’s a brand new job and you are new to the industry. If you want to protect your rights in the workplace, it is important to have an attorney briefly review your agreement. Before you start working, is this a good time to have an employment lawyer in your state review...[Read More]

Knock Knock. Who’s There? The Truth.

Lawyer jokes are sometimes funny, and sometimes true. But any joke where the punchline confuses “lawyer and liar” is not funny to me. Not funny at all. I believe telling the truth is actually my job, and I expect my clients will take the same approach to truth telling.    In fact, the few times I have had...[Read More]

Hey, Virginia Employee! Look Before You Leap

So you want to start a company? The great American dream can be yours, right? What kind of company? What kind of clients? What kind of services? Do you hope to stay in the same business you are in now? Serve the same clients or customers? Use your years of experience to start a better business?...[Read More]

Have a Non-Compete, But Want to Accept Another Job?

I love “to do” lists. They make seemingly difficult and impossible tasks more manageable.  Here is my “to do” list for Virginia employees who (a) have an employment contract or non-compete and (b) want to explore or accept a job with another company in their industry. BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR that other job (sorry I had to...[Read More]

The Choice of Law Provision in Your Contract Matters (A Lot)

Often, a very well-meaning client will send me an out-of-state case he or she has found online. Upon first glance, the facts, industry and issues in the lawsuit seem to parallel their own employment contract situation. The language of  the contract at issue in the case might be very similar to their contract. If the court...[Read More]

Can My Employer Make Me Sign a Non-Compete Contract in Virginia?

I was watching a movie yesterday, so enthralling I cannot recall the name, but the last scene reflects a supervisor confronting an employee about lying. When the employee denies the false tale, he is told to leave immediately. He cannot take computer files. He cannot take anything from the office. He must turn in his key,...[Read More]