Now Available for iPad/Kindle: “How to Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete”

At a food conference this past weekend, I met a hospital administrator from Ohio who told me his facility did not use non-compete agreements because he thought valuing good work – rather than using scare tactics – is a better way to retain physicians.

He’s right and I applaud his position.

I also met a woman who lives in Northern Virginia, who has a pretty big deal high-paying job. We are drinking wine and discussing work. Upon learning what type of law I practice, she said, “Well, they [non-compete agreements] are not enforceable in Virginia, right? Virginia is a right-to-work state.”

Ugh. I gasped.

Another professional who wrongly assumes that non-compete agreements are invalid because Virginia is a right-to-work state.

Sadly, we represent executives like her every day who are trapped by bad agreements.

How To Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete, Second Edition, 2011

Now available for iPad/Kindle, we have published “How to Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete.” a guide to non-compete agreements for Virginia employees. We summarize Virginia law and give you great advice for the workplace.

You can preview Chapter One and Chapter Two on our website.

Or to request a copy by mail, contact our office manager, Mary Ann Spencer, at or  (540) 985-0098.

Read it tonight on your way home on the Metro.

Or, read it between playoff football games while your wife watches Downton Abbey and you pretend to care (just kidding, we know everyone loves that show).

Our goal is to provide everyone with a basic understanding of their rights. Hopefully then, I won’t accidentally snort red wine out of my nose in shock at our misunderstanding on the subject.

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