Avoiding Litigation

Ahh, the emails tell the story

Today most major newspapers have headlines regarding the President’s son and his email exchange with a British tabloid journalist, arranging a meeting with a Kremlin connected attorney from Russia.  Yes, it sounds like a soap opera – but I truly don’t care about the content or context of the emails (well, at least not for

Lauren Ellerman
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Non-Compete 101

We live in a professional culture where men and women feel some kind of stigma or embarrassment in asking for help. We are asked to sign a 38 page Mortgage contract, and we sign the document without inspection review or asking a professional for help in understanding the terms. Three years later our mortgage payment

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Blue Pencil Provisions in Virginia Contracts

Lawyers come up with some strange names for things. It’s true. We plead. We allege. We say things like Notwithstanding, and aforementioned. We like funny words.  One name I am constantly explaining to clients is the working definition of ‘blue pencil provision.’ In contracts, a blue pencil provision allows the court, as a third party,

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What does your Non-Compete really mean?

Imagine this: CALLER: “Dear attorney, my contract says I can sell Christmas trees within a 150 miles from my old Christmas tree stand. Does that mean 150 miles by road, or as the crow flies?” ATTORNEY: “Well, that depends. Does the contract specify? No? Then it means what the parties thought it meant when they

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Emails: You might as well hand your ex-employer a gun!

We represent employees is disputes against employers.  The cases may involve alleged violations of non-compete contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, etc.  One of the first things we tell new clients is not to destroy or delete existing emails (whether on the employer’s server or the employee’s home or spouses’s computer).  The

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Don’t order the steak – trust me.

I am big on trust. I am big on “going with your gut.” But I am also very big on open and clear communication.  If you went to a restaurant and told the waiter, “I love steak. Steak is my favorite, what is your best beef dish?” And the server replied, “Order the pork-chop,” you

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