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How to Write an Effective Restrictive Covenant in Illinois

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Produced on June 20, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

The use of restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements are an effective way to protect a business’s competitive advantage. They restrict employees from competing with the businesses they presently work for and have worked for in the past. However, when an agreement imposes unreasonable restrictions that are not supported by adequate consideration, the contract may be unenforceable. Additionally, Illinois courts tend to provide greater protection to employees from the negative effects of restrictive covenants than some other jurisdictions. This program will guide attorneys through creating  enforceable restrictive covenants and molding them to  a business’s unique needs

This course is taught by Kristen Prinz, the founder and managing partner of The Prinz Law Firm. She is an employment lawyer and business counselor that understands the benefits and dangers of restrictive covenants from a business's and employee's perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize issues that may render a restrictive covenant unenforceable
  2. Draft enforceable covenants that are tailored towards specific business goals
  3. Effectively negotiate restrictive covenant contract terms

  4. Review the recent legal developments and trends related to restrictive covenants in Illinois

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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.


Clarence B.

Great presentation.

Terrence G.

Excellent program.

Melanie I.

Very practical advice - will use this in everyday practice

Dale D.

Clear and concise.

Elizabeyh L.

This presenter was very good and course was straightforward! Great!!

Stephanie H.

Very good practical considerations.

Pablo Esteban J.

Repetitive but good content

John D.

The instructor was very knowledgeable and informative...

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