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Raleigh, New Bern and Morehead City Attorneys Negotiate Noncompetition & Nonsolicitation Contracts

Balancing company protections with an executive’s right to work

Noncompete agreements are employment law’s proverbial rock and hard place. Without noncompetes, companies are vulnerable to mercenary executives who abscond with company secrets and clients. However, if noncompetes are too restrictive, they unfairly limit a dismissed officer from finding new employment. Striking the proper balance in negotiations, drafting precise language into the employment contract and litigating enforcement of an agreement’s provisions all take particular knowledge and experience. Since 1983, Howard Stallings has represented major companies and senior-level executives. Our highly professional, ethical employment lawyers advance our clients’ interests and assert their rights in negotiations and disputes regarding a variety of restrictive covenants in employment contracts.

Understanding restrictive covenants in North Carolina employment contracts

Under North Carolina contract law, a noncompete or other restrictive covenant must have a valid purpose, such as protecting trade secrets. It must also be reasonable in its timeframe and apply to the least restrictive geographic area. Howard Stallings has extensive experience with a wide array of restrictive covenants, including:

  • Noncompete — This agreement prohibits an employee from going into business or accepting employment from a company in competition with the former employer.
  • Nonsolicitation — Such an agreement prevents the employee from leaving the company and soliciting similar business from the former employer’s clients.
  • Nondisclosure — This agreement protects the company’s trade secrets.
  • Anti-piracy — This covenant prevents a former employee from hiring talent from the former employer’s company.

In breach of contract lawsuits, our commercial litigation attorneys have persuasively argued for damages and/or injunctive relief on behalf of companies and have cleared former employees of any inkling of wrongdoing. Whether you are an employer or an executive, Howard Stallings has the experience, skill and resources to deliver exceptional representation leading to favorable results.

Call an experienced employment law firm to address noncompete issues in Raleigh, New Bern, and Morehead City, NC

Howard Stallings provides exceptional representation for companies and senior-level employees engaged in negotiation or litigation over restrictive covenants. Call us today at 919-821-7700 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable employment lawyer. Parking is available at our offices.


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