Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret & Unfair Competition

In today’s highly competitive global economy, companies must consistently be on guard against threats to their business from competitors, former employees and others. It is therefore vital to have a legal partner with the skills, knowledge and experience to quickly and decisively identify and address those threats.

Attorneys in Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi’s Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Group assist clients in ensuring that the right protective measures and strategies are in place to prevent damage and loss. Whether enforcing restrictive covenants and trade secret protections, taking swift action to stop wrongful conduct or implementing a more focused and long-term business solution, we work with clients every step of the way to protect their businesses.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi provides litigation and counsel regarding the enforceability of restrictive covenants, trade secrets and confidentiality agreements. Our experience includes representing clients nationally, with a focus on matters in New Jersey and New York, and covers issues evolving from:

  • No solicit/no contact of customer clauses
  • No hire/no solicitation of employee clauses
  • "Garden Leave" clauses
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Confidentiality covenants

In addition, we handle claims of "raiding" and unfair competition, and we draft employment agreements and restrictive covenants for our clients.

We represent clients from a variety of industries, including:

  • Broker/dealers of securities
  • Registered investment advisors
  • Commercial, private and investment banks
  • Entertainment
  • Accounting
  • Technology
  • Commodities
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial printing
  • Cosmetics
  • Insurance

The group’s attorneys also work closely with colleagues from other Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi practice groups. Together, we provide a full range of services to efficiently address the issues our clients often face when dealing with challenges in this area of the law. For example, our Intellectual Property Group provides clients with litigation and other services with regard to the creation and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, including those for "business methods.” The attorneys in our Employment Group offer in-depth knowledge and counsel on matters involving defamation and harassment claims, wrongful termination claims, collection of promissory notes or retention loans, and compensation matters, including deferred compensation and overtime claims.