Podcast: Non-Compete Agreements for Virginia Doctors

Are non-compete agreements enforceable against physicians in Virginia?

The American Medical Association cautions that non-compete contracts “disrupt continuity of care, and potentially deprive the public of medical services.” (AMA Statement E -9.02). Although we agree with the AMA, Virginia courts use a different analysis.

Here is the podcast edition of Non-Compete Agreements for Virginia Doctors, including (1) common issues, (2) key cases, (3) physician employment agreements (“PEA”), (4) changing practices, and more.

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So bottom line, are non-compete agreements enforceable against physicians in Virginia?

It depends. A Virginia judge will evaluate the duration, geographic area, and scope of the non-compete agreement to determine whether it is reasonable or overly broad. A narrowly written agreement is likely enforceable. An agreement that is void on its terms or unreasonable will be held unenforceable.

If you’re a doctor with a non-compete agreement, give us a call at (540) 985-0098. We can review the applicable documents, provide you advice that addresses any concerns, and if necessary, defend you in court.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.