Virginia Doctors and Employment Agreements

Is medical school fun? Easy? Inexpensive? My friends tell me the answer to all three questions is no, no, and no. So why do so many doctors willingly give up their legal rights to practice medicine by signing non-compete agreements?

Sadly, many physicians sign such restrictive contracts without realizing the future consequences. Either they do not fully appreciate the meaning of their employment contracts, or they feel they have no other options. You must agree to egregious non-compete with hospital X if you want the job, right? Wrong.

We hope Virginia physicians will contact us before they sign non-compete agreements. We can help refine, amend and hopefully craft a document that protects everyone’s rights – including yours as a doctor.

But we also help those who are looking to make changes and are bound by certain contractual terms.

Here is a lecture I did this year for other lawyers that represent doctors in employment contract negotiations. I believe anyone can watch it for free. If you still have questions after this, request our book. And if you still have questions, call us for actual legal advice.

Your license and right to practice where and how you want is certainly worth fighting for.

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