When a major distributor of grain elevator parts learned that a former employee had started a competing business using the distributor’s confidential information, it reached out to Armstrong Teasdale lawyers for help. After discovering that two of the distributor’s workers were leaking the data to the competitor, we filed suit. The result was a jury trial and a complete plaintiff’s victory.
Our client’s experience mirrors that of so many other companies that have suffered at the hands of those who steal trade secrets and other confidential information that comprise some of their most valuable assets.
The firm’s Noncompete/Trade Secrets practice group protects your business from unfair competition by implementing safeguards to protect these assets and by pursuing effective litigation strategies when this property is threatened. The practice has significant experience in handling a diverse array of noncompete and trade secrets cases. We routinely advise employers regarding the risks of hiring employees who have signed non-solicit and noncompete agreements with prior employers and whether the agreements they have signed are enforceable. Also, we regularly represent employees who are sued for violating their non-disclosure, non-solicit and noncompete agreements, and employers sued for interfering with noncompete agreements which an employee signed with a prior employer.
In today’s technology-driven environment, it is often critical to utilize computer forensics research in noncompete and trade secrets cases. The ability to recover deleted files, browser history, and document routing can often protect a company. Therefore, we have developed an In-house Technology Forensics Team. This unique capability allows our team to react immediately to an emergent noncompete /trade secrets situation.
Authors of Authoritative Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Articles
- "Trade Secret Litigation – an Updated Overview," Journal of The Missouri Bar
- "Noncompete Agreements and Unfair Competition--An Updated Overview," Journal of The Missouri Bar. The article was cited as authoritative by the Missouri Supreme Court, and The Missouri Bar honored the two lawyers with the outstanding article of the year award.
- “Employees' Misappropriation of Electronic Data: Federal and Kansas Computer Tampering Acts," Journal of the Kansas Bar Association
- "Missouri Employers Need to be Careful in Drafting Noncompetes," Missouri Employment Law Letter
- "Trade Secrets, Confidential Information, and Employee Theft," published in HR Hero Line
- "The Road Ahead: Kansas Noncompete Agreements An Updated Overview," Journal of the Kansas Bar Association
- "Trade Secret Litigation: An Overview," Journal of The Missouri Bar
- "Missouri Supreme Court Sidesteps Whether Customer List is a Trade Secret," Missouri Employment Law Letter
Practice Member Highlights
- Current chair, The Missouri Bar’s Technology and Computer Law Committee
- Vice-chair, The Missouri Bar's Labor and Employment Law Committee
- Two past Presidents, The Missouri Bar
- Former chief justice, Missouri Supreme Court
- Regional editor, Defense Research Institute's 50-state treatise on noncompete agreements and trade secrets (four members are authors of individual chapters)
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- Two past Presidents, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- American Academy of Hospital Attorneys