Ok Shakespeare fans… Corporate litigation is not Hamlet (its actually much worse than what the Prince of Denmark was facing but I will save that for another post). The question Prince Hamlet poses however, “to be or not to be” applies to your job.


Sign that noncompete, or don’t sign it? What are the ramifications? Consequences? They aren’t really enforceable – are they?

Hamlet wondered out loud “Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” (Hamlet,Act 3, Scene 1).

The same is true for you my fellow Virginians, being asked to sign a non-compete agreement.

Do you sign, and risk suffering (1) limitation on your future work or worse (2) the slings and arrows of litigation if you need to breach?

Is it worth it to take arms against your employer and refuse to sign that agreement? It may be. Each client and each case is different – and we are happy to help evaluate these choices.

We will advise anyone across VIRGINIA – NoVa, Central – anywhere.

Please call if you are faced with the decision, to sign, or not to sign. No need to be as dramatic as Prince Hamlet (you remember, “to die, to sleep.. and by a sleep to end..”) rather, we recommend simply being informed.

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