- Business Litigation
- Shareholder and Securities Disputes
- Employment Claims
- Contract Actions
- Deceptive Trade Practices Litigation
- Noncompete and Trade Secret Claims
- Professional Liability Disputes
- Healthcare Fraud
- Electronic Discovery
- Media and First Amendment Law
- Trademark and Copyright Litigation
- Corporate and White Collar Investigations
- Scott W. Atherton
- Lauren S. Atherton
- Michael McAuliffe
- L. Martin Reeder, Jr.
- Terence M. Mullen
- Brittany Tarazona
- Timothy W. Schulz
- Jon A. Jacobson
Noncompete and Trade Secret Claims
AM&R represents a wide range of individuals and organizations in connection with noncompete, trade secret, and related disputes, many of which often involve expedited preliminary injunction proceedings. AM&R has experience in the following areas (among others):
- Employee Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Agreements
- Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims
- Restrictive Covenants in Purchase and Sale Agreements
- Forensic Computer Investigations and Inspections
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Duty of Loyalty Claims
- Preliminary and Permanent Injunction Proceedings
Representative Noncompete and Trade Secret Experience
Prosecuted and defended a wide range of noncompete agreement, confidentiality agreement, and trade secret claims at both preliminary injunction hearings and trial, including prosecution of noncompete claims on behalf of international security company against two former area managers at trial resulting in a final injunction being entered against the two former area managers. Court also awarded security company client approximately $240,000 in prevailing party attorneys’ fees and costs. See Wackenhut Corp. v. Schira, Case No. 502008CA005466XXXXMB AA (Fla. 15th Jud. Cir. 2008).
Obtained injunction on behalf of large MRI company in action against its former Human Resources Manager who destroyed his noncompete agreement before going to work for a competitor. Despite the former manager’s attempts to avoid enforcement of his agreement, the court found a substantial likelihood that the noncompete agreement existed, the agreement was enforceable, and that the manager had violated the agreement.
Represented Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) in connection with forensic investigation into a large scale trade secret misappropriation scheme which involved current and former employees. Through forensic analysis, the PEO established that an employee had used an external hard drive to make unauthorized copies of thousands of the PEO’s files. The former employee subsequently agreed to the entry of an injunction prohibiting further use or misappropriation of the PEO's trade secrets. See AlphaStaff, Inc. v. McDonie, 2010 WL 7368045 (Fla. 17th Jud. Ct. Sept. 27, 2010).
Representation of environmental laboratory against former employees, turned competitors, for violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and related torts. After extensive expedited discovery, one of the employees admitted stealing documents and information from the company. All of the former employees ultimately agreed to the entry of an injunction against them.