There is an inherent tension between “owners” and “employees.” Who owns the customers of a business? Who has a right to contact information? Who owns the processes? The designs? The “Tricks of the Trade?” Our Firm is well acquainted with the issues and has counseled both Owners and Employees.
We prepare Trade Secrecy Policies and Agreements. We advise Companies on tactics to keep secrets legally protected. We prepare contracts which contain agreements not to compete which meet the strict requirements for enforcement in Illinois and elsewhere. We advise Employers on the obligations of departing employees to their former employer and we also counsel break-away employees on the do’s and don’ts of starting a new business, having regard for their obligations to their former employers both under the common law and their contractual obligations.