CHOICE OF LAW 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

Twice this week I have let potential non-compete clients through the door and then had to tell them, “I am so sorry. I have to close your file. Your contract is bound by the law of a state where I am not licensed and I cannot ethically give you an opinion as to its legality.”

“But I live in Virginia,” non-compete client will say.
“Yes, I understand that. But you signed a contract saying you would be bound by the law of Maryland, Illinois, California, whatever and I am not licensed there… so I cannot really tell you about the law of that state.”
“Well who do I call?”
Sadly — I don’t know that either.
Please check the end of your contract — where it says CHOICE OF LAW, and if it says Virginia – call us! We can help.
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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

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