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Drafting & Negotiating Compliant Non-Compete Agreements

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Produced on December 15, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Non-compete law continues to evolve as U.S. states pass new laws targeting these provisions in employment agreements and business purchase agreements. Because these clauses prevent an employee from working within the employee’s chosen industry for a time period, courts will closely examine these provisions during litigation.

Some states protect only a legitimate business interest, while others have a complete bar on non-competes. Other states are requiring employers to provide additional consideration or benefits to an employee for a non-compete. In just the last three years, several states have passed new non-compete laws or introduced new legislation. Understanding these evolving trends is necessary for employers to adequately draft non-compete provisions, and for employees to negotiate such provisions.

Kristen Prinz, the Founder and Managing Partner of the Prinz Law Firm, P.C., will discuss best practices for drafting non-compete clauses from an employer perspective, and best practices to negotiate and handle non-compete clauses from an employee perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain non-compete clauses in an employment agreement or business purchase agreement
  2. Identify key changes and trends to non-compete provisions across the U.S.
  3. Discuss language employers should include in their provisions
  4. Articulate methods for employees to negotiate non-compete provisions 

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Kristen E. Prinz

The Prinz Law Firm

Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyerbusiness counselor, and founder of The Prinz Law Firm. She provides  strategic and cost-effective legal and business solutions to business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals so they can build and realize their potential. 

Ms. Prinz uses her strategic planning experience to protect businesses from liability in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, assessing, and separating from employees. She has helped businesses launch, grow, and thrive by leveraging their employee and business relationships.


Ms. Prinz works closely with clients to ensure that their agreements, contracts, and written policies and procedures reflect the culture of their businesses and limit liability. She also assists businesses in implementing employment practices and training staff.

As a business owner herself, Ms. Prinz understands that employees are an asset with immeasurable value. Realizing that no amount of planning can eliminate all risk, her focus is on counseling clients to minimize risk and maximize growth.

In cases where organization, collaboration, and strategy are not enough, Ms. Prinz employs aggressive litigation tactics in:

  • Contract disputes
  • Wage claims
  • Discrimination claims
  • Retaliation claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • General employment and business-related claims

She has litigated employment law matters before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level; administrative agencies including the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Cook County Human Rights Commission; and numerous arbitration panels.

 She recently served as first chair on a jury trial, obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict for her client on defamation and retaliatory discharge claims. Ms. Prinz’s appellate experience includes helping to advance the law related to non-competition agreements in Illinois by successfully arguing a case before the Third District Appellate Court.


Karthik N.

Good Stuff!!

Fred L.

Liked the practical drafting tips

Harvey S.

Excellent presenter who addressed many complicated topics in a short time and did it well.

christine a.

Excellent presentation!

Laura G.

Very informative. I like that it covered lots of different states and their perspectives on non-competes.

Mary O.

One of the best I've done on lawline.

Daniel C.

very straight forward.

John M.

I learned a lot in this course. I didn't know, for example, that the level of pay for the person has an impact on whether you can demand a non-compete.

Richard M.

Excellent practical guide to issues in this arena.

Thomas K.

Well presented

Nora C.

Very interesting - especially the recent updates and different practices/thoughts on non-competes in different states/jurisdictions

Elizabeth F.

Excellent presentation. I am so glad I signed up for this one

Ed C.

Sample clauses/agreements would have been beneficial

Lawrence J.

Clear - direct - practical = good examples

jeff a.

Excellent organization of topic and presentation

Susan M.

Great overview - thank you!

charles l.

pleasantly excellent presenter

Todd P.

Strong, consistent, well-prepared and well-delivered presentation.

Ethan M.

great practical tips

William B.

Fine presentation.

Robert N.


Mary Jo S.

I really enjoyed listening to this speaker.

Juliet P.

This was helpful, thank you.

Mary M.

Her discussion added significant value to the slides, instead of just repeat what was in the slides. Extremely informatve.

Erin W.

Very thorough and practical. Thank you!

Anna R.

Well-organized and very helpful.

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