Rockville Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Rockville, MD

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Maryland who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are frequently called "non-compete" clauses". Signing such an agreement may either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Maryland also give priority to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Rockville that is excessively large.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related to the employer?s industry. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

A Rockville, Maryland lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any documents that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Rockville

Rockville is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. It has a population of around 61,209 people. The city is surrounded by Gaithersburg and Bethesda.

Top employers include Westat, Human Genome Sciences, Wolpoff Abramson, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin Information Systems, United States Pharmacopeia, J. Craig Venter Institute, BioReliance, and Banner Life.

Some popular attactions include Glenview Mansion, Rockville Mall, and The Music Center at Strathmore.

Many attorneys have established small law offices in Rockville in order to tend to the legal needs or residents, small businesses, and neighboring cities.

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