Dawicke Law
Jason E. Dawicke, Attorney at Law
Dawicke Law
P.O. Box 663
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

There is a growing trend among organizations to thwart potential competition through the inclusion of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements as a term and condition of employment. New employees are obligated to sign these agreements as a condition of hire. When these employees later get the proverbial entrepreneurial bug to start their own business or go to work for an existing competitor, these agreements may restrict them in a variety of ways.

Non-compete agreements usually restrict when and where you will be permitted to compete against your former employer, while non-solicitation agreements preclude you from soliciting your former employer's clients and/or employees to join you at your new business or that of a competitor's.

These agreements are fully enforceable in Ohio so long as the restrictions are no greater than required for the protection of the employer and do not impose an undue hardship on the employee. Although enforceability in terms of time and geographical scope can vary widely depending on the nature of what is being restricted, most Ohio courts will not hesitate to enforce non-competes for up to one year.

If you have been presented with a non-compete and/or a non-solicitation agreement to sign or are already subject to such an agreement and are considering leaving your employer to start your own business or work for a competitor, please complete and submit the following form fields:

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Submission of this form does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Upon review of your responses, I may offer to represent you. Unless and until you receive a signed letter from me confirming representation, I have not agreed to represent you. In addition, submission of this form does not relieve you from complying with all applicable statutory deadlines required for filing your claim(s) with the appropriate agency or court.