Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition & Non-Competes

Our intellectual property attorneys work with clients to protect the business assets that provide the most crucial competitive advantage—an organization’s trade secrets and proprietary information. Vigilant maintenance of trade secrets is vital due to the fact that corporate information becomes more vulnerable to theft every day.

Our attorneys provide legal solutions that can be customized for all 50 states and are designed to avoid litigation, heavy financial investments or costly government filings. Trade secret, unfair competition, and non-compete protections include a variety of legal services to protect confidential information, trade secrets and intellectual property from actions by former employees or others who wish to gain an unfair competitive advantage.

Identifying and Managing Trade Secrets

Our attorneys work with clients to develop systems and protocols to protect trade secrets and to minimize the risk of unfair competition. In many cases, there are fast and inexpensive solutions.

  • Implement a trade secrets audit
  • Establish and verify trade secret protection strategies
  • Segregate and organize trade secrets
  • Establish a trade secrets policy
  • Restrict physical and electronic access to trade secrets

Our trade secrets team has extensive experience with the nuances of employment laws across jurisdictions. Where trade secrets and employees intersect, our attorneys have the know-how to build the appropriate safeguards to protect trade secrets and mitigate risk. We work with computer forensic experts to identify internal or external data theft, and advise clients on how to best control damage from renegade former employees or unethical competitors.

We design strong processes and employee agreements to serve as contractual barriers against potential damage.

  • Onboarding and litigation-avoidance counseling
  • Drafting precautionary employment policies, employment handbooks, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements
  • Best practices training for hiring, terminating and managing employees to protect confidential and intellectual property
  • Leading experienced internal investigations
  • Conducting exit and other employee interviews
  • Customized employment agreements for all 50 states

Trade Secrets Litigation

Despite best precautions, at times litigation is inevitable. Our attorneys prosecute and defend all types of disputes concerning trade secrets, unfair competition and enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements. We have achieved favorable outcomes on behalf of businesses needing to respond to or initiate emergency proceedings and interim relief, and have successfully represented clients at trial and in appellate courts across the country.

Our team has experience litigating cases in jurisdictions and forums throughout the United States, ranging from the trade secret status of an iPhone app to theft of customer lists to proceedings before the International Trade Commission, as well as the following areas:

  • E-Discovery
  • Injunctions, declaratory judgments, and other litigation
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Unfair competition
  • White-collar criminal defense
  • Corporate investigations
  • Computer fraud and Business Act claims

Intellectual Property

Thomas J. Daly
Thomas J. Daly
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles
tdaly@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Art Hasan
Art Hasan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
ahasan@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Terry W. Ahearn
Terry W. Ahearn
Partner
Silicon Valley
tahearn@​lrrc.com
650.687.8442 / vCard
D. Stuart Bartow
D. Stuart Bartow
Partner
Silicon Valley
SBartow@​LRRC.com
650.687.8443 / vCard
Emily A. Bayton
Emily A. Bayton
Partner
Denver, Phoenix
ebayton@​lrrc.com
303.628.9568 / vCard
G. Warren Bleeker
G. Warren Bleeker
Partner
Los Angeles
wbleeker@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Joshua T. Chu
Joshua T. Chu
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
jchu@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
David A. Dillard
David A. Dillard
Partner
Los Angeles
ddillard@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Peter C. Hsueh
Peter C. Hsueh
Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
phsueh@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jun-Young E. Jeon
Jun-Young E. Jeon
Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
jjeon@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Gregory S. Lampert
Gregory S. Lampert
Partner
Los Angeles
glampert@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Michael J. MacDermott
Michael J. MacDermott
Partner
Los Angeles
mmacdermott@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Partner
Los Angeles
cmarantidis@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Michael J. McCue
Michael J. McCue
Partner
Las Vegas, Silicon Valley
mmccue@​lrrc.com
702.949.8224 / vCard
Gary J. Nelson
Gary J. Nelson
Partner
Los Angeles
gnelson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
David A. Plumley
David A. Plumley
Partner
Los Angeles
dplumley@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
John Carson
John Carson
Of Counsel
Los Angeles
jcarson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Katherine L. Quigley
Katherine L. Quigley
Of Counsel
Los Angeles
kquigley@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Edward R. Schwartz
Edward R. Schwartz
Of Counsel
Los Angeles
eschwartz@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Ryan M. Swank
Ryan M. Swank
Senior Associate
Silicon Valley
rswank@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Michael J. Curry
Michael J. Curry
Associate
Los Angeles
mcurry@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Cameron Cushman
Cameron Cushman
Associate
Los Angeles
CCushman@​lrrc.com
626.683.4571 / vCard
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Associate
Los Angeles
mkoplow@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Sami I. Schilly
Sami I. Schilly
Associate
Los Angeles
sschilly@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson
Associate
Los Angeles
dwilson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Meng Zhong
Meng Zhong
Associate
Las Vegas
mzhong@​lrrc.com
702.474.2636 / vCard

Litigation

Howard E. Cole
Howard E. Cole
Partner
Las Vegas, Irvine
hcole@​lrrc.com
702.949.8315 / vCard
Kris J. Kostolansky
Kris J. Kostolansky
Partner
Denver
kkosto@​lrrc.com
303.628.9515 / vCard
Bruce E. Samuels
Bruce E. Samuels
Partner
Phoenix
bsamuels@​lrrc.com
602.262.0216 / vCard
Mary Ellen Simonson
Mary Ellen Simonson
Partner
Phoenix
msimonson@​lrrc.com
602.262.5317 / vCard
Jon Weiss
Jon Weiss
Partner
Phoenix
jweiss@​lrrc.com
602.262.5382 / vCard
Joy Allen Woller
Joy Allen Woller
Partner
Denver
jwoller@​lrrc.com
303.628.9504 / vCard
Kirstin Story
Kirstin Story
Of Counsel
Phoenix
kstory@​lrrc.com
602.262.5363 / vCard
Jennifer K. Hostetler
Jennifer K. Hostetler
Associate
Las Vegas
jhostetler@​lrrc.com
702.474.2624 / vCard
Laura Pasqualone
Laura Pasqualone
Associate
Phoenix
lpasqualone@​lrrc.com
602.262.5362 / vCard

Regulatory & Government

Jeffrey H. Albright
Jeffrey H. Albright
Partner
Albuquerque
jalbright@​lrrc.com
505.764.5435 / vCard

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Key Contacts

John Carson
John Carson
Of Counsel
626.795.9900
David A. Dillard
David A. Dillard
Partner
626.795.9900
Bruce E. Samuels
Bruce E. Samuels
Partner
602.262.0216