Non Compete and Non Solicitation Agreements Attorneys Columbus, Ohio
The purpose of a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement is to prohibit an employee from working in a similar business as his/her former employer or soliciting clients of a former employer. Your ability to work might be severely restricted by signing a non compete or non-solicitation agreement, so it is of the utmost importance you consult with a Columbus non compete agreement lawyer before you sign anything.
Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements are common. Our Columbus, Ohio non compete attorneys can assist you before you sign a non-compete, by explaining the legal ramifications of the non-compete agreement, along with negotiating its terms to be sure it is beneficial to you, not just the employer. If you’ve already signed a non-compete agreement and are thinking about resigning from your employment, we can discuss your rights with you. Our Ohio non compete agreement law firm will tell you exactly what you can and cannot do, pursuant to the terms of your non-compete agreement. We can also assist you if a dispute has arisen pursuant to the terms of your non-compete agreement, typically after you are no longer employed with the former employer.
Is My Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?
The answer to this question will depend on whether your non-compete agreement is “reasonable” as defined by Ohio case law. Ohio generally recognizes non-compete agreements as enforceable against the parties who sign it, as long as its terms are not unreasonable. Whether or not the terms of your non-compete are reasonable depends on a large variety of factors and your specific situation. The Ohio Supreme Court laid out the three most important factors, in Raimonde v. Van Vlerdah (1975), 42 Ohio St.2d 21.
Specifically, the Court said a non compete restriction is reasonable if it satisfies all of the following:
How do we determine if your non compete is reasonable using this formula? The Court also provides a variety of other factors our Ohio non compete agreement lawyers can use to determine if your non-compete agreement is enforceable. Those factors include:
To determine whether your non compete agreement is enforceable, you will need the assistance of a Columbus non-compete agreement attorney. Call us today and we can help you.