Non-competition agreements and clauses continue to be a popular vehicle among employers seeking to retain talent and protect their resources. While restraints on trade are generally not favored in Virginia, the law on this topic continues to evolve, and employers and employees should be aware of the current trends when entering into a non-compete.
This course, presented by Rees Broome attorney Roya Vasseghi, will walk you through the evolution of law on non-competition agreements in Virginia and discuss trends in Virginia law on enforceability of non-competes.
Roya Vasseghi focuses her practice on civil litigation and employment matters. Roya’s experience ranges from representing clients in corporate and employment disputes to litigating environmental and professional liability matters. Prior to joining Rees Broome, Roya worked at a national law firm where she represented physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals in professional liability matters as well as litigating employment and general liability claims. Roya’s litigation experience allows her to zealously advocate for her clients and also work with her clients to minimize risk and exposure to avoid costly litigation. Roya appreciates the needs of her clients and works diligently to find the most effective solutions to their problems.
Roya’s experience includes:
Serving as first chair in multiple Circuit Court and General District Court trials in Virginia
Successfully defended client against claim under the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act for alleged misappropriation of confidential company information, including customer list
Obtained dismissal of premises liability claim against commercial property and management defendants in the District of Columbia
Obtained dismissal of claim for injunctive relief on behalf of commercial landlord in the District of Columbia
Regularly representing defendants in mediation and obtaining favorable results for the client, often resulting in the client paying significantly less than the damages claimed by plaintiff
Representing clients in discrimination and retaliation disputes before federal and state agencies
Counseling clients on compliance with employment laws and risk mitigation and management
Counseling clients regarding covenants not to compete
Drafting employee handbooks and policies
Representing healthcare providers before licensing boards
Roya received her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Throughout law school, she gained valuable experience working for public-interest organizations and frequently represented clients in administrative hearings. Roya was presented with the Pro Bono Leadership Award and a Public Service Certificate for her involvement with public service organizations and pro bono work throughout her time in law school. Roya has continued her commitment to helping underserved populations by maintaining an active pro bono practice.
Roya currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Law Practice Management Community.