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Experienced Non-Compete Agreement Attorneys in Madison, Wisconsin
It is important to protect your business and your client base from former employees who might use confidential business information to compete unfairly against you at another company. A properly drafted non-compete agreement can provide that protection, while maintaining the former employee's right to work.
At the law firm of Haley Palmersheim, S.C., our attorneys advise businesses, employers and employees in the drafting and review of non-compete agreements. In the state of Wisconsin, the courts are reluctant to enforce non-compete agreements. The law regarding those agreements is constantly changing, and having a properly drafted agreement requires a competent attorney who keeps on top of recent case law and is aware of the legal requirements.
For more information regarding non-compete agreements and how to protect your company, contact a lawyer at Haley Palmersheim, S.C.
Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements
When written properly, a non-compete agreement can effectively preserve your client base and protect your business from a former employee who wants to join a competitor or provide confidential information to competitors. In order for the agreement to be enforceable, however, it typically needs to meet the following criteria:
- Non-compete agreement protects legitimate business interests
- Agreement does not deprive the former employee of his or her right to work and make a living
- Agreement cannot place unreasonable geographic or customer limitations on employees
- Agreement cannot remain in effect for an unreasonable period of time
There are other legal considerations that our attorneys can advise you on when drafting or reviewing non-compete agreements. You may also need to redraft non-compete agreements for current employees when changes to the law make the current agreements unenforceable. A recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision has made a substantial difference in the enforceability of non-compete agreements. In past decisions, when a material part of the agreement was in violation of the statue and case law, then the complete agreement was held to be unenforceable. Now, it is possible to exclude the unenforceable section and still enforce the remainder of the agreement. Haley Palmersheim, S.C., can advise you on the necessary steps towards protecting your business with properly drafted agreements.
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Contact us at our Madison, Wisconsin, office by calling (608) 836-6400. Speak with an experienced attorney about your business law or litigation issue.