MAD MEN and NON-COMPETES 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

Ok, so I will admit I am not a daily TV watcher. That being said, I have heard from many people that the Season Finale of Mad Men was great, and somewhat relevant to my work.

So, here it is – tonight will be the screening of the Finale and tomorrow the commentary.

Do I really believe that non-competes were an issue in 1950’s America?

YES, I do. They certainly were an issue in Virginia in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. The two cornerstone Virginia case on non-compete law were decided in 1956, HOWARD A. MEISSEL v. JAMES D. FINLEY, II, ET AL, and 1962, RAY O. RICHARDSON v. PAXTON COMPANY.

Do I think non-competes would have been introduced in advertising agencies where client relationships tend to create business?


That being said, lets watch and discuss tomorrow.

And, in the meanwhile if you have a non-compete that needs to be reviewed and or you are facing non-compete litigation, I will be at the office and available to help. Just don’t call tonight, I will be at home watching TV and claiming it is work.

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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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