Experience

Counsel to Multiple Fortune 500 Companies on Noncompete, Trade Secret Matters

Provided regular national noncompete and trade secret counsel to multiple Fortune 500 corporations across industries. Provide risk assessment in the hiring of employees from competitors, enforcement of restrictions against departing employees, and implementation of policies and procedures related to noncompetes and protection of confidential information.

Enjoined Misappropriation of Trade Secrets for Specialty Food Manufacturer

Successfully enjoined misappropriation of trade secrets in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois, for a major specialty food manufacturer, and obtained a consent judgment prohibiting the solicitation of major customers for a significant period, although the former high-level employees did not have employment agreements.

Obtained TRO for Major Grocery Chain in Noncompete Case

Obtained temporary restraining order (TRO) and consent permanent injunction against a former employee of a major grocery chain enforcing a noncompete agreement and requiring return and destruction of documents.

Successful Enforcement of Agreements Against Former Staffing Firm Employees

Successfully pursued and enforced multiple confidentiality and customer nonsolicitation agreements, along with computer tampering claims in courts in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, against former employees of national Fortune 500 staffing firm.

Defense, Resolution of Class Action Lawsuits under Fair Credit Reporting Act

Successfully defended and resolved a number of class action lawsuits against major corporations brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for alleged violations of the provisions of the FCRA applicable to employment background checks.

$50 Million Sale of Experiential Marketing Companies

Represented two clients, both experiential marketing companies, in a $50 million sale to a major American talent agency.

Obtained TRO and Permanent Injunction Against Insurance Broker in Noncompete, Nonsolicitation Case

Obtained temporary restraining order (TRO) and consent permanent injunction in St. Louis County Circuit Court enforcing noncompete and nonsolicitation agreement against highly compensated insurance broker, and further requiring return and destruction of documents and files.

Defeated Manufacturer's Attempt to Obtain TRO Enforcing Noncompete

Defeated manufacturer’s attempt to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri enforcing a noncompete agreement against a former plant manager. This resulted in a complete victory for the plant manager, allowing him to work for his new employer in the same industry.

Won TRO and Permanent Injunction Against Former Employee in Trade Secret Case

Won a temporary restraining order (TRO) and permanent injunction against the former employee of a publicly traded bank in a trade secret case.

Summary Judgment, Dismissal of ‘Bet the Business’ Class Action Claims

Achieved motion for summary judgment and a dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice in a “bet the business” class action brought by representatives of 200 former employees of a client in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The former employees sought sales commissions allegedly due and owing and millions of dollars in statutory penalties.

Won Noncompete, Unfair Competition Case for National Specialty Retail Chain

Received national press coverage by winning a noncompete and unfair competition case on behalf of a publicly traded, national specialty store chain against a publicly traded, national department store chain.

Won Settlement in Breach of Contract Arbitration for Former Senior Executive

Won a confidential settlement in a breach of contract arbitration claim filed by a former senior executive against his former employer, a major national retailer.

Obtained Injunction and Monetary Damages in Noncompete Case for National Staffing Company

Won a noncompete case on behalf of a publicly traded, national staffing company against a former top salesperson, obtaining an injunction and monetary damages.