Trade Secrets & Covenants Not to Compete

We are nationally recognized in covenant not to compete and trade secret litigation. Numerous energy, technology, and financial companies retain us regularly to litigate these disputes, and we have tried many of these types of cases. We also regularly counsel and advise companies and executives on covenant not to compete and trade secret issues. Recognized by their peers as experts in this area, our lawyers are frequently called upon to give presentations at CLE seminars on these topics.

Our trial results in this area have been featured in such publications as The National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Houston Business Journal. For example, we were recently engaged to defend a high-profile trade secret lawsuit in Houston on the eve of trial. The plaintiff, a publicly-traded oilfield services company, sought over thirty million dollars in damages from our client. At the conclusion of the six-week trial, the jury delivered a unanimous defense verdict.

AZA also assists executives and officers with the preparation and negotiation of their employment agreements, and regularly litigates and tries employment cases for executives. In addition, we assist executives with negotiations for severance packages. Because the firm represents many multi-national companies with the preparation of their executive employment agreements for their officers and executives, we are uniquely qualified to assist executives with their compensation packages and agreements.

In addition to litigation, the firm counsels numerous large companies on structuring layoffs, conducting internal investigations, and terminating and reprimanding employees.

Partner Joe  Ahmad maintains a blog, Legal Issues in the Executive Suite, where he explores issues involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete and other matters of importance to executives. Click here to read Legal Issues in the Executive Suite.

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