Houston Non-Compete Agreement Attorney Representing Employers And Employees
A non-compete agreement is a legal tool that employers can use to protect their trade secrets and other business interests. Non-competes typically work by forbidding employees and former employees from either owning or working for a competitor for the specific period of time stated in the contract. In many cases, employees pay little attention to non-compete agreements until the time comes to find a different job. When a potential non-compete violation occurs, employers and employees would be wise to seek legal representation in these matters.
To set up a meeting regarding your non-compete concerns, please call us in Houston at 713-804-9318 or complete our contact form. Patterson PC represents clients throughout Texas, as well as clients with headquarters in other states.
Understanding Non-Competes In Texas
Non-compete agreements can be signed at any time during the employment process, including:
- 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
If you have questions about a non-compete that you signed or asked an employee to sign, Patterson PC can help. We can review the details of the agreement and help determine whether it is enforceable. We also advise and represent clients with regard to non-disclosure agreements and intellectual property litigation.
Texas courts generally disfavor non-compete agreements. However, the court may uphold a non-compete if it meets certain requirements, such as:
- The agreement does not impose greater restrictions on the employee than necessary to protect the business’s interests.
- The agreement contains reasonable restrictions regarding geographical limits, duration and activities.
At Patterson PC, our founding attorney Pete Patterson has more than 30 years of experience in matters of business litigation, including 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 you signed, we can help.
Contact Patterson PC Today
To schedule a meeting to discuss your non-compete concerns, please call us in Houston at 713-804-9318 or complete our contact form. Patterson PC represents clients throughout the Houston area and all of Texas.