Houston Non-Compete Agreement Lawyer
What Is a Non-Compete Agreement?
A non-compete agreement is a legal tool that employers can use to protect
their trade secrets and interests, and create an atmosphere of goodwill
at their company. These agreements typically work by forbidding employees
from either owning or working for a competitor for the specific period
of time stated in the contract. Many times, workers will pay little attention
to a non-compete and don't think any more about it until they are
searching for another form of employment and problems arise with their
Non-compete agreements can be signed at any time during the employment
- At the time of hiring a new employee
- During the course of employment
- At the time of termination, often as a condition of a severance agreement
Texas Laws Regarding Non-Competes
Courts in the State of Texas generally disfavor non-compete agreements,
but will uphold one if it is legally enforceable and meets certain requirements.
First, the employee's initial decision to enter into the agreement
must be reasonably related to an interest that is worthy of their employer's
protection. Second, the agreement must contain reasonable restrictions
regarding its geographical limits, restrictive time period, and specific
activities that are restricted.
Providing Well-Informed Legal Assistance for Over Two Decades
At Patterson, P.C., our Houston
business litigation attorneys have over 25 years of experience providing competent legal advice
to our clients and litigating non-compete agreements. Whether you are
an employer preparing to draft a non-compete, an employee who has been
asked to sign a non-compete, or an employee wanting to leave your company
and wondering how you will be affected by the non-compete in place, we
can help. Our Houston non-compete agreement attorneys can review the terms
of your contract and inform you of how to protect your best interests.