What a year it has been. And we are seeing more and more non-competition and non-solicitation agreements popping up in the most unusual places.

Like in day care. Or in tattoo parlors and in hospital rooms.

Here are just a few, a sampling really, of the industries we have seen these contracts in this year:

RETAIL – mattress companies / clothing retail / automotive

SERVICE – hair / salon / tattoo artists / massage therapists / investment bankers / brokers / insurance sales / commodity traders

LAW – court reporters / legal vendors – tech companies

HEALTH CARE – doctors / nurses / home health / physical therapists / speech / Dentists / Veterinarians

MANUFACTURING – engineering / factory floor / marketing

CONTRACTING – government contractors of all shapes and sizes /

Basically. They are everywhere but for one place. You will never find an attorney who has a non-compete agreement. Wonder why? We say it is against public policy – that clients should have choice. But the real reason in my humble opinion, is because attorneys want freedom, just like you. To serve their clients, customers, do their job without being hindered or thwarted by an agreement that stifles fair competition.

So really, chances are you will see one of these some day. Let me know if you need help understanding what it means.

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