Michael R. Greco

Partner

(303) 218-3655 phone
(303) 218-3651 fax
(610) 230-2131 phone
(610) 230-2151 fax

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1996, with honors
  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA
    B.S. 1993, cum laude

Mike Greco is a partner in the Denver and Philadelphia offices and a member of the Firm’s Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Group. He litigates and provides counseling nationwide to employers concerning legal claims and issues arising from the movement of employees between competitor firms.

These issues include: covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, employee raiding, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, Economic Espionage Act, and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.

Mike has prosecuted and defended hundreds of employee defection and trade secret  matters, obtaining and defeating injunctive relief in at least 35 different state and federal courts, in addition to dozens of arbitration actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

His experience includes representation of clients in the securities brokerage, health information technology, medical practice, computer sales and distribution, commercial window washing, personnel placement, online retailing, insurance brokerage, insurance, publishing, direct response television, radio, institutional food services, and freight forwarding industries.

In addition to litigating, Mike assists corporate clients in developing and implementing coordinated local and/or national programs to protect their competitive assets against employee defection, and to minimize risks that arise when hiring employees from competitors.

His practical knowledge of how courts have treated various restrictive covenants enables Mike to help employers draft appropriately tailored restrictive covenants.

Mike was included in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. He was also recognized in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He is the co-editor of the firm's Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Former Associate Professorial Lecturer of Law, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1996-97)
Member, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
Member, American Bar Association: Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
Member, American Intellectual Property Association, Committee on Trade Secret Law

News/Media

Federal Trade Secret Protection is Long Overdue
January 20, 2016

Top 10 Mistakes Made by Departing Employees: The First Five
September 10, 2015

Are You Doing Everything to Protect Your Company's Trade Secrets?
July 4, 2015

Congress Targets Non-Compete Agreements
June 29, 2015

FAQ's On FINRA's Broker Compensation Proposal
April 1, 2014

Court: Ex-Employees Can't Play Cute With Non-Solicitation Agreements
October 8, 2013

Noncompetes: A Matter Of Dollars And Sense?
September 6, 2011

Postponing The Noncompete Fight
April 25, 2011

Taking the Guesswork Out of Budgeting for Noncompete Litigation
January 12, 2011

The Trade Secret Paradox
April 1, 2009

When a New CEO Comes In, Will Risk Walk Out?
How to Create Effective and Enforceable Restrictive Covenant Agreements

October 9, 2007

Can You Enforce Noncompete Agreements Signed By Employees Of An Acquired Company?
It Depends On The Structure Of The Deal -- And Where The Employees Are.

November 7, 2003

Blog Posts
Federal Trade Secret Legislation Proposal Gains New Life
May 5, 2015

FAQ's on FINRA's Broker Compensation Proposal
April 1, 2014

Opinion: Bad Facts Make Bad Law, Especially in Non-Compete Cases
February 12, 2014

There Must be Proof in That Trade Secret Pudding
February 7, 2014

Sometimes Noteworthy Non-Compete Decisions Have No Non-Competes
February 3, 2014

Send a non-compete demand letter – buy yourself a lawsuit?
January 27, 2014

Quotes and Soundbites

Top 10 Must-dos When an Employee Joins a Competitor
August 3, 2015

Will A Non-Compete Ruin My Life?
July 6, 2015

Fisher & Phillips Non-Compete Attorney Moves To Denver
June 16, 2015

Superior Court Rejects Exception To Consideration For Noncompetes
May 20, 2014

Send a Non-Compete Letter and You May Be Buying a Lawsuit
January 28, 2014

Michael Greco's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Featured In Bank Of America's Small Business Community Newsletter
December 17, 2013

Employee Friendly Laws Boon For New Yahoo Chief
July 23, 2012

Under Lock and Key
December 15, 2011

Employees Fired Over Social Media, NLRB Reacts
August 1, 2011

Where Does Privacy Stop and the Workplace Begin?
July 26, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Seven Signs Your Employees May Be Poachable
June 1, 2011

Presentations

Fisher & Phillips Financial Services Recruitment Litigation Conference
October 20, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - Best Practices in Hiring and Firing
August 11, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - Top Ten Things to do When an Employee Resigns to Join a Competitor
June 9, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, Penalties and Lawsuits
May 12, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - What to Do When the Government Knocks
April 14, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: How to Protect Your Company
March 10, 2016

Getting Your House in Order: What You Need to Know to Excel as a New Lawyer
February 20, 2016

Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy - Employee Policies & Handbooks – The Do's, Don'ts, & Maybes
February 11, 2016

Do Non-Competes Hinder Innovation and Mobility? A Debate Over The Role of Restrictive Covenants and the Protection of Trade Secrets
December 4, 2015

Your Employees Bring Their Own Devices. Bring Us Your Questions!!
October 7, 2015

Navigating Landmines When Employees Come and Go
June 11, 2015

Navigating Non-Compete & Trade Secret Issues In the Construction Industry
May 19, 2015

Future of Non-Competes as a Tool for Protecting Trade Secrets
May 15, 2014

Social Networking & Trade Secrets: Essential Lessons to Protect Your Company
May 5, 2011

Social Networking & Trade Secrets: Essential Lessons to Protect Your Company
March 15, 2011

Social Media and Trade Secrets: A Guide to Protecting Your Company
February 8, 2011

Social Networking and Trade Secrets: Where Two Paths Cross
December 2, 2010

7th Financial Services Recruitment Litigation Conference
September 30, 2010

Non-Compete Litigation on the Rise
June 3, 2010

Employee Departures: Keys to Drafting and Enforcing Your Employment Policies
December 17, 2008

Broker Recruitment Litigation
March 6, 2008

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1996, with honors
  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA
    B.S. 1993, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania