Houston Trial Attorney For Physician Non-Compete Disputes
Non-compete agreements are designed to protect employers from the theft of any trade secrets or other intellectual property whose exploitation could cost the employer significant amounts of money. Non-competes work by forbidding employees from either owning or working for a competitor for a specific period of time. If you have been bound by a non-compete agreement as a physician, we encourage you to contact Patterson PC today.
Our founding attorney Pete Patterson is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also has extensive experience in matters of physician non-compete agreements.
Texas Law Regarding Non-Competes
Some people are under the impression that non-compete agreements are not enforceable against physicians in Texas. However, non-competes may be enforceable if they meet certain statutory requirements. For example, to be enforceable, a non-compete must have reasonable limitations regarding the following:
- Duration of restrictions
- Scope of activity
- Geographical area
Also, a non-compete cannot deny a doctor access to his or her patient list; must provide for a buy-out of the covenant at a reasonable fee; and must provide access to medical records upon patient authorization. A poorly reviewed non-compete could cause problems for doctors and expose them to unanticipated and costly risks.
If you are worried about a non-compete agreement that you will have to sign as a condition of employment, or you have already signed an agreement that is causing issues with your patient care now, discuss your concerns with our skilled business litigation attorney today. Patterson PC can provide you with advocacy from an experienced trial attorney.
Contact Patterson PC Today
To schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns about a physician non-compete, 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.