Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Noncompetes (and Other Restrictive Covenants), But Were Afraid to Ask

February 16, 2011

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Judge Allan van Gestel. During his long tenure presiding over the Superior Court Business Litigation Session, Judge van Gestel played a leading role in the development of noncompete law in Massachusetts.  In this seminar, attendees can ask about the issues that judges view as important, and how to avoid the often vexing issues in noncompete law, including:

  • Whose goodwill is it anyway?
  • What is solicitation?
  • Is inevitable disclosure dead?
  • What if the former employer has hired employees in violation of noncompetes– does consistency matter?
  • What are the risks of drafting a noncompete that is too broad?
  • Does an employer really have to get an employee to sign a new noncompete each time his or her job changes?
  • Is continued employment sufficient consideration?
  • What if the employee was not forewarned about a noncompete before he or she started the job?
  • How much does the tough job market impact court enforcement?

Called “one of the Commonwealth’s most respected jurists” by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Judge van Gestel was sworn in as a Superior Court judge in 1996. In 2000, the Business Litigation Session in Suffolk County Superior Court was created with Judge van Gestel selected as the presiding judge. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he practiced law at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston for 35 years, specializing in civil business and environmental litigation.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the judge whose decisions helped shape Massachusetts law in the area of business disputes. Space is limited, so please RSVP today to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
8 – 8:30 AM – Networking
8:30 – 9:30 AM – Program

Prince Lobel
100 Cambridge Street, Ste. 2200
Boston, MA 02114

Judge Allan van Gestel

Dan Tarlow, Partner
Prince Lobel Employment Law Practice Group


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