Our Team’s Objectives – And How We Achieve Them for Clients
Our first objective is protecting corporate assets that our client companies entrust to their employees, including their confidential information, trade secrets, and valuable relationships with customers and key employees. We work with clients to implement comprehensive “corporate protection programs” and best practices to review or audit, and then enhance, their existing means of protecting such corporate assets. Complementing these legal services are the considerable resources of Pepper’s affiliated team of lawyers and non-lawyer professionals, who are dedicated to ensuring business integrity, security, compliance, and due diligence.
How does Pepper protect our clients’ corporate assets?
Our second objective is to counsel clients on hiring employees from competitors, while respecting the enforceable terms of any employment agreements and such employees’ common law obligations. We “pre-litigate” cases to maximize the likelihood of lifting out key employees from other companies in a manner that increases the likelihood that our clients will remain free from costly legal challenges or, if sued, will prevail in court.
Our third objective is successfully litigating non-compete and trade secret disputes that cannot be resolved without the need for court intervention. Dozens of our lawyers in this practice area have decades of experience in enforcing non-competition, customer restriction, and confidentiality clauses as well as preventing corporate raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets – whether suing for breach of contract or an employee’s fiduciary duty of loyalty, unfair competition, employee piracy, violation of trade secrets laws, tortious interference, misappropriation, violation of civil and criminal computer abuse and cyber- and corporate espionage laws, and other statutory and common law causes of action.
How does Pepper win non-compete and trades secrets cases?
All too often, companies that bring lawsuits to restrain the misuse of their trade secrets by former employees proceed without a “smoking gun” and leave court with meaningless injunctive relief.
Pepper’s Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Practice Team is staffed and equipped with experienced litigators from our Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups to seek immediate relief in the courts when our clients’ businesses are threatened by unfair competition or illicit activities.
Complementing our litigators is Pepper’s dedicated Discovery Services team, led by counsel experienced in the collection and analysis of electronic documents. Our Discovery Services team uses the latest analytical tools and technologies in a cost-efficient manner to quickly identify pertinent documents and electronically stored information, which we often obtain under court order, that can help us secure a successful result.