Some friendly advice for Americans (it is after all, still the 4th of July Holiday for many and continued celebration of our Country seems fitting):

AMERICANS, you should call an attorney regarding your non-compete:

  • Before you sign one
  • After you signed one, but before you quit that terrible job you hate
  • Before you start interviewing elsewhere
  • Before you start your own business (or even think about starting one)
  • After you quit and are looking for work
  • As soon as you get a cease and desist letter
  • The minute you get served with a lawsuit (and  not 2-3 weeks after)

That means there are 7 appropriate times to get legal advice on your employment agreement.

The longer you wait, the more expensive your review will be. Why? Because reviewing an agreement you have not signed may take 1-3 hours.
Responding to a lawsuit (option 7) takes MANY MANY hours. Save money, call early in the process.

You should also call our office to have your non-compete reviewed, as soon as you think of it.

For some odd reason, over 80% of our non-compete clients call us the last week of the month.
No really. This is a trend our office recognizes. It’s like social security recipients all going to the grocery store the week they get their checks.

The only problem, is that when 15-20 people all want their non-competes reviewed, discussed, analyzed and cease and desist letters responded to in 1 week, we may not be able to assist you within 48 hours as we are usually able.

So please, be prepared, don’t wait until the end of the month, and realize that while we want to help, we cannot do it for free. We have to charge for our time, or we would have to become HR managers for your companies and try to enforce these things. Just kidding. We wouldn’t do that!

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 lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.