Truth #1: Some people like to cut corners and save a few dollars.

Truth #2: Some of these people will buy legal forms online rather than hire an attorney who actually knows the laws in your state regarding non-compete agreements and non-solicitations.

Truth #3: Even some attorneys can draft agreements that will not be upheld as reasonable by the Courts.

Truth #4: The highlight of my job is proving that a non-compete agreement is (1) overly broad or (2) unreasonable or (3) not narrowly drafted to protect a legitimate business interest, etc..

Truth #5: The other highlight of my job is when employees come to me to review their “binding employment contracts,” and they are nothing more than a $7.99 print off from an online form site.

Why is this so much fun?

Just try to draft a contract that holds water in all 50 states – I dare ya! And then sell it online for less than $10… You think this is a guarantee of legal sufficiency?

Just ran across this site –
so employers, buy away… and employees when you get a non-compete that looks form like, or there is a website on the bottom, please call me. It really will make my day.

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