Litigation services

Trade secret, non-compete and unfair competition


You face a marketplace that is more competitive than ever. And nothing is more important than the protection of your most valued business assets, such as:
• Market share
• Client relationships
• Intellectual property
• Human/employee capital
• Technology
• Confidential business data
• Trade secrets

Using efficient and time-tested methods, we will make certain your assets are identified and properly protected, whether on a local or global basis. When legal action is needed, we will aggressively pursue those that misappropriate your assets with a fine tuned strategy that incorporates your needs, governing law and local state nuances.  

To help your business safeguard its most valued assets, we utilize a three-step process:

1. Trade secret and non-compete review – A tailored review to help you determine your protectable business assets and information.

2. Restrictive agreements tailored for each level of employee – Agreements and other protective measures designed to match the level of protection needed with the level of risk posed by your various employees and competitors.

3. Restrictive agreements enforced – If your business assets are threatened, our team is ready to take immediate legal action on your behalf anywhere in the country.

The McDonald Hopkins trade secret, non-compete and unfair competition team has successfully litigated trade secret and non-compete matters in 36 states and has counseled on trade secret and non-compete matters in all 50 states. 



Richard Guerra profile image

Richard Guerra

James J. Giszczak profile image

James J. Giszczak

Rafael Perez-Piñeiro profile image

Rafael Perez-Piñeiro

Peter M. Bernhardt profile image

Peter M. Bernhardt

Robert Cosmo Baraona profile image

Robert Cosmo Baraona

Richard S. Cooper profile image

Richard S. Cooper

David B. Cupar profile image

David B. Cupar

Christopher G. Dean profile image

Christopher G. Dean

Adam C. Smith profile image

Adam C. Smith

Joseph M. Muska profile image

Joseph M. Muska

Richard N. Kessler profile image

Richard N. Kessler

Douglas B. Schnee profile image

Douglas B. Schnee

James J. Boutrous II profile image

James J. Boutrous II

Dominic A. Paluzzi profile image

Dominic A. Paluzzi

Jeremy M. Colvin profile image

Jeremy M. Colvin

Matthew J. Cavanagh profile image

Matthew J. Cavanagh

Tyler L. Mathews profile image

Tyler L. Mathews

David T. Movius profile image

David T. Movius

Matthew R. Rechner profile image

Matthew R. Rechner

Sherri A. Krause profile image

Sherri A. Krause

Timothy J. Lowe profile image

Timothy J. Lowe

Representative Matters
  • Enforcement of non-solicitation agreement and confidentiality agreements against financial advisor.
  • Enforcement of non-solicitation and anti-piracy provisions against former accountants; successfully defended declaratory action.
  • Enforcement of nine-county non-compete and non-solicit (Minnesota) against former legal staffing attorney.
  • Enforcement of 14-county non-compete and non-solicit (Oregon) against former Regional Manager.
  • Enforcement of statewide (Texas) non-compete and non-solicit agreement against former regional vice president.
  • Successful defense of trade secret misappropriation action involving software developer for electronic medical record organization.
  • Enforcement action of national non-compete/non-solicit agreement and trade secret misappropriation allegations against former CFO of subsidiary for Fortune 500 energy construction and infrastructure company.
  • Enforcement action of non-compete/non-solicit agreement against vice president of sales for national automotive supplier.
  • Represented national maintenance parts supplier in lawsuit against nine former employees and their new employer alleging claims for theft of trade secrets and violation of non-solicitation agreements. Case settled on favorable terms for client.
  • Secured a Temporary Restraining on behalf of employer precluding the salesperson’s work with competition. The matter was later settled on favorable terms to Samson Industrial, LLC.
  • Successfully defended Winthrop-Atkins against Carcross’
  • Motion for a Preliminary Injunction to enforce a non-compete agreement involving a salesperson hired by Winthrop-Atkins.
  • Enforcement of non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements against former sales representatives.
  • Successful enforcement action against former employee for trade secret misappropriation.
  • We represented plaintiff medical group against former employee on non-solicitation and non-compete agreement in employment contract. Successful in entry of TRO which led to settlement agreement.