Lets say your boss sells the business. Or, lets say he starts a new business and you become an employee of that.

Is your original agreement, with the original company, still binding on you?

We are asked this question often.

Under Virginia law, the answer is – IT DEPENDS.

Does your contract state it is assignable? If so, and you have agreed to it being assigned to a new company, then yes, you may likely be bound by the terms.

If however you did not agree for the contract to be assigned, and the new company sues, your first defense is “JUDGE – they don’t have standing to sue me. I didn’t sign a contract with those people and my contract is not assignable absent my permission under Virginia law.”

It’s a good strategy. Let us know if you need help!

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at