Employee Defection and Trade Secrets

As the economy becomes more technology-based and information-driven, issues of trade secrets and unfair competition have become an increasingly important part of employment law. The Fisher & Phillips Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice is a national practice concentrating on issues surrounding employee defection, employee recruitment and trade secrets protection. This includes litigating and advising clients on covenants not to compete; non-solicitation, non-recruitment, non-use and non-disclosure agreements; trade secrets and confidential business information; unfair competition and employee raiding; fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty claims; and statutory issues under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and various state trade secrets, computer protection and unfair competition statutes.

This practice is comprised of approximately 20 lawyers located in offices throughout the country, and is led by a core group of lawyers who dedicate virtually 100% of their practice to handling these issues.

The attorneys in the Employee Defection and Trade Secrets practice focus on helping clients manage all aspects of employee defection and employee recruitment, including litigating restrictive covenants and trade secrets issues, advising on the risk profile of prospective hires from competitor companies, counseling on the creation of company-wide programs to protect against the legal risks associated with employee defection and recruitment, and drafting employment agreements and policies on a national basis.

Lawyers in this practice have litigated more than 800 cases in at least 65 different federal and state courts located in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as international matters arising out of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These matters frequently have included prosecuting or defending emergency applications for temporary or preliminary injunctive relief, as well as requests for expedited discovery, in addition to damages actions. Our attorneys are accustomed to rapidly deploying themselves to initiate or defend temporary restraining order actions in any location with little advance notice.

Our attorneys bring their extensive litigation experience to bear on the process of drafting restrictive covenant agreements and implementing policies designed to protect a company's competitive assets. They have first-hand knowledge of how courts are interpreting and enforcing agreements during litigation, and consequently bring a practical and pragmatic eye to the contract drafting process. Our attorneys place particular emphasis on implementing restrictive covenant agreements for employers that operate on a multi-state basis.

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For more information about the Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice send an e-mail to tradesecrets@laborlawyers.com.


The Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice has represented clients in a wide array of industries:
Securities broker-dealers
Private banking, trust company and wealth management
Banking (commercial and retail)
Broadcasting (sales and on-air talent)
Sports and entertainment agents
Retailing (traditional chain stores, online retailers)
Casino operators
Insurance brokers, agencies and carriers
Employee benefits brokers and consultants
Mortgage lending and mortgage securitization
Commercial real estate (brokerage, development and property management)
Credit card issuers
Employee training and employee background check providers
Trade show organizers, event planners, caterers
Health information technology
Computer hardware, software, and consulting
Copying, imaging and office services
Employee placement and staffing services (temporary and permanent)
Medical device (development, manufacturing and sales)
Dental device sales
Hospitality (hotels, nightclubs and entertainment)
Physician, dental and veterinary practices
Medical billing and medical office products
Trucking, freight forwarding, shipping and distribution
Advertising
Publishing and printing
Auditors and accountants
NameTitleOfficePhoneContact
Michelle I. Anderson Associate New Orleans / Tampa (504) 529-3839 vCard
Craig R. Annunziata Regional Managing Partner Chicago / Tampa (312) 346-8061 vCard
Mitchell C. Baker Regional Managing Partner Portland (503) 242-4262 vCard
Sally F. Barron Associate Memphis (901) 526-0431 vCard
John A. Berg Of Counsel Portland (503) 242.4262 vCard
Risa B. Boerner Partner Philadelphia (610) 230-2132 vCard
Christopher J. Boman Partner Irvine (949) 851-2424 vCard
Alanna R. Brook Attorney Phoenix (602) 281-3400 vCard
David A. Buchsbaum Partner Fort Lauderdale (954) 847-4730 vCard
Kathleen McLeod Caminiti Partner New Jersey (908) 516-1062 vCard
Michael D. Carrouth Partner Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
Tillman Y. Coffey Partner Atlanta (404) 240-4222 vCard
Brent A. Cossrow Partner Philadelphia (610) 230-2135 vCard
Jeffrey A. Dretler Partner Boston (617) 722-0044 vCard
Amber L. Elias Attorney Boston (617) 532-9327 vCard
Michael P. Elkon Of Counsel Atlanta (404) 240-5849 vCard
G. Daniel Ellzey Partner Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
David W. Erb Partner Baltimore (410) 857-1399 vCard
Robert Fallah Attorney Philadelphia (610) 230-2150 vCard
James C. Fessenden Partner San Diego (858) 597-9600 vCard
Andrew Froman Partner Tampa (813) 769-7500 vCard
Tabatha L. George Associate New Orleans (504) 529-3845 vCard
Victor T. Geraci Partner Cleveland (440) 740-2113 vCard
Lonnie D. Giamela Partner Los Angeles / Irvine (213) 330-4454 vCard
Tracy A. Gill Attorney Philadelphia (610) 230-2149 vCard
Michael R. Greco Partner Philadelphia (610) 230-2131 vCard
Susan M. Guerette Partner Philadelphia (610) 230-2133 vCard
Michael B. Gutierrez Attorney Philadelphia (610) 230-2165 vCard
Gregory D. Hanscom Associate Philadelphia (610) 230-2172 vCard
Christine E. Howard Regional Managing Partner Tampa / Atlanta (813) 769-7503 vCard
James M. Hux Jr. Associate Chicago (312) 346-8061 vCard
Michael A. Jackson Associate Cleveland (440) 838-8800 vCard
Robert Kilgore Of Counsel San Antonio (210) 819-2904 vCard
Walter J. Kruger III Partner Atlanta (404) 240-4233 vCard
James D. Kurek Partner Cleveland (440) 838-8800 vCard
John E. Lattin IV Partner Irvine (949) 798-2156 vCard
Karl R. Lindegren Partner Irvine / Los Angeles (949) 851-2424 vCard
Todd B. Logsdon Partner Louisville (502) 561-3971 vCard
Reyburn W. Lominack III Associate Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
Ruth N. Mackey Associate Denver (303) 218-3662 vCard
C. F. W. Manning II Partner Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
James J. McDonald Jr. Regional Managing Partner Irvine / Los Angeles (949) 851-2424 vCard
James P. McLaughlin Associate Philadelphia (610) 230-2138 vCard
Christina M. Michael Associate Philadelphia (610) 230-2158 vCard
Timothy J. Murphy Regional Managing Partner San Francisco (415) 490-9011 vCard
C. Edward Rawl Jr. Associate Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
Melody L. Rayl Associate Kansas City (816) 460-0201 vCard
Joel W. Rice Partner Chicago (312) 580-7810 vCard
Michael P. Royal Partner Dallas (214) 220-8304 vCard
Todd B. Scherwin Regional Managing Partner Los Angeles (213) 330-4450 vCard
Jonathan Shapiro Regional Managing Partner New England / Boston (207) 774-6001 vCard
Caryn Diamond Shaw Associate Orlando (407) 541-0856 vCard
Joseph P. Shelton Partner Atlanta (404) 240-4259 vCard
Steven A. Siegel Partner Fort Lauderdale (954) 847-4724 vCard
Heather Zalar Steele Associate Philadelphia (610) 230-2134 vCard
Christopher P. Stief Regional Managing Partner Philadelphia (610) 230-2130 vCard
Jason A. Storipan Associate New Jersey (908) 516-1065 vCard
David E. Strand Partner New Jersey (908) 516-1066 vCard
Cathy M. Stutin Partner Fort Lauderdale (954) 847-4704 vCard
Jeffrey R. Thurrell Partner Irvine (949) 798-2102 vCard
J. Hagood Tighe Partner Columbia (803) 255-0000 vCard
Courtney Leyes Tomlinson Associate Memphis (901) 526-0431 vCard
David J. Treibman Of Counsel New Jersey (908) 516-1063 vCard
A. Kevin Troutman Partner Houston (713) 292-5602 vCard
Eric J. Uhl Partner New England / Boston (207) 774-6001 vCard
Pavneet Singh Uppal Regional Managing Partner Phoenix (602) 281-3400 vCard
Danielle S. Urban Partner Denver (303) 218-3650 vCard
Shaun J. Voigt Associate Irvine (949) 851-2424 vCard
Marion F. Walker Of Counsel Birmingham (205) 327-8354 vCard
Alice Shelor Wang Associate San Francisco (415) 490-9013 vCard
Benton N. Wood Partner Orlando (407) 541-0851 vCard
Robert Yonowitz Partner Irvine (949) 798-2113 vCard
David A. Young Partner Orlando (407) 541-0854 vCard

Practice Group Chair

Christopher Stief

Related Practices

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Non-Competition and Trade Secrets Agreements
  • Trade Secrets Protection

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