Non-compete agreements (also called covenants not to compete or simply "non-competes") are a primary means of establishing critical ground rules and protections at the outset of employment relationships.
Similar contracts that cover confidentiality, existing customer relationships, and related issues are often necessary as part of the sale of a business. Generally speaking, such agreements must be reasonable in their restrictions on time, geographic coverage, and the scope of business activity prohibited to be enforceable.
Are you an executive, sales professional, or individual presented with a non-compete agreement-or a more comprehensive employment contract that will impose restrictions? Perhaps you are a business owner in need of assurance that the noncompetition agreements you are using are enforceable.
Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C. understands the needs of both employers and employees. Our law firm is experienced at negotiating, drafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending against non-competes in a wide variety of issues. As litigators and business attorneys, we provide a comprehensive perspective vital to crafting effective legal solutions. For prompt attention to your concerns, beginning with a confidential consultation, please call (713) 909-7323 or contact us online. We welcome client inquiries and referrals from throughout Houston and Texas.
At Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C., our Houston business law attorneys offer highly informed, reliable counsel for businesses focused on protecting their proprietary information, strategic plans, and client relationships. Our lawyers are equally adept at reviewing all types of contracts on behalf of individuals whose professional options and futures hang in the balance. These services are often the key to avoiding costly litigation.
When disputes arise over non-competes, nondisclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation, or any other type of contractual or competitive issue, we execute the best available strategies for our clients. Employers must protect their competitive positions and advantages by all legal means, especially in this age of global competition and instant information-sharing. What you do with one employee will set a precedent for the next-and the law requires that you take steps to protect your employee's rights or provide waivers in writing.
Professionals want maximum freedom to work in their chosen fields and thrive, regardless of how any one relationship works out. Clearly, there is inherent tension between these priorities, and that tension has led to numerous groundbreaking decisions by the Texas Supreme Court in recent decades. Remaining up-to-date on these developments is what makes us a crucial ally for our clients.
For more than 25 years, the attorneys at our law firm have tracked evolving Texas case law and advised our diverse business and individual clients accordingly. Restrictions that were judged defensible and enforceable a few years ago may not be viewed the same way today. That's why having an attorney with cutting-edge knowledge of both the litigation and business field provides to be a powerful advantage.
If you are a physician or you operate any healthcare enterprise that employs doctors, specific criteria for enforceability and other legal considerations specific to this profession apply. Having this knowledge and using it effectively is only possible because we represent medical businesses on a frequent basis.
At Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C., we have the knowledge and perspective to assist clients by:
Our firm has vast experience drafting and reviewing non-compete agreements for physicians and medical professionals. If you're a physician seeking employment with a new hospital or healthcare provider, having a fair agreement is vital to your career's health and longevity. We also review non-competes for hospitals to ensure that their rights are protected as well.
If you are unfamiliar with non-compete law, physicians and healthcare entities are bound by different non-compete restrictions than other industries. In general, a non-compete must be "reasonable," both in geographic area, scope of practice, and the time that it is enforceable.
For healthcare professionals, this means your non-compete clause must meet the following standards:
Good non-competes are in the interest of the physician, the hospital, and the public. A well-drafted agreement will allow a hospital to protect its future security without denying physicians the ability to make a living or denying patients the ability to receive the best-quality care available to them. At Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C., our goal is to draft or negotiate agreements that benefit patients, doctors, and hospitals.
Whether your needs center on defending or enforcing a non-compete agreement or on making informed decisions for your professional future, you can turn to our long-standing business law firm with confidence.
Key considerations in your situation may include:
Like all other legal contracts, non-compete agreements should be entered into with clarity surrounding what they allow and what they prohibit. Companies that use outdated or improperly drafted agreements sometimes suffer severe financial repercussions when they turn out to be unenforceable. As a professional, you must be forward-looking and may choose to avoid restrictions that will limit future opportunities, including launching your own venture in your chosen field.
We have the knowledge and experience to answer complex questions regarding non-compete agreements. Fair, enforceable contracts offer protections to both parties that enter them, and we are intensely dedicated to ensuring that our clients' interests are protected. We have been providing proven solutions since 1987!
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