What Is A Noncompete Agreement?

Starting a new job often involves signing a contract governing the relationship between worker and employer. These contracts commonly have a section called a noncompetition clause, or noncompete agreement. These clauses can be difficult to understand, so to protect your rights you should speak with a lawyer you can trust.

A noncompete agreement is a contract that restricts an employee from taking certain actions after the employment relationship ends. Essentially, it is designed to prevent an employee from competing with the former employer by misusing intellectual property, divulging trade secrets, performing similar duties for another company and taking other actions that might be considered competitive.

At Cross Law Firm, S.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of Wisconsin workers. We have more than 40 years of experience handling employment law issues, including those involving noncompete agreements. When you come to us, we will analyze the contract thoroughly to make sure it is legal and that it treats you fairly.

To arrange a consultation with one of our experienced Milwaukee noncompete agreement attorneys, please call 414-224-0000, or contact us online. We have offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wausau and Chicago.

How Do Noncompete Agreements Work?

In Wisconsin, it is very important for noncompete agreements to be written carefully so that they are not overly restrictive. In our state, if a court finds that the agreement is too restrictive, it will be declared invalid. In fact, these agreements are presumed to be invalid, but the majority of them will actually be considered valid as long as they do not go too far.

How We Can Help

Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of noncompete clauses and all other aspects of employment agreements. We offer services for both employees and employers, including:

  • Drafting noncompetes for businesses
  • Negotiating noncompetes as part of contracts for executives, physicians and other employees
  • Negotiating revisions or buyouts
  • Working with a new employer who is hesitant to hire a potential employee who is bound by a noncompete

Contact Our Attorneys

We are ready to answer any questions you may have about an employment contract or a severance package. To schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney, call 414-224-0000. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.