The law and policy governing non-competes and trade secrets in the workplace is changing. With a new federal trade secrets statute, pending statutory changes in numerous states and high-level policy interest in the impact of non-competes on the workforce and innovation, old assumptions are facing new challenges. As technology uproots old economic structures and the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, practitioners face new challenges in advising and litigating for clients in this evolving legal environment.
This program, taught by John Siegal and Saima Sheikh of Baker Hostetler’s Employment Law practice, will provide an update on the laws governing employee restrictive covenants and trade secrets protections, including the impact of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, newly enacted and proposed state statutes, and developments in case law from across the country. The program offers both a refresher in the basic principles of law governing trade secrets and restrictive covenants and a re-examination of those principles in light of evolving legal and workforce trends. For experienced practitioners and those first encountering the issues of how to protect intellectual and human resources in a mobile employment market, this course goes beyond the black letter law to look at the purpose and function that the law of trade secrets and non-competes play in the regulation of workforce mobility.
John Siegal is an accomplished trial lawyer and courtroom advocate in federal and state courts in New York and across the nation. He advises and litigates primarily for financial services, media, and real estate industry clients in private business disputes and matters involving public agencies and controversies. John sees law as a strategic tool, always keeping clients’ business objectives at the forefront. Combined with powerful written and oral advocacy, John gets results for clients.
From 2009 through 2014, John served as the Litigation Group Coordinator of BakerHostetler's New York practice, managing a group that rapidly expanded to more than 100 litigating lawyers. At the same time, and throughout his career, John has been an active participant in New York’s civic and political life. He believes lawyers must fulfill community obligations and that his career-long engagement in public issues deepens his understanding of our economy and society and how to get things done for clients.
John’s advocacy success includes:
Media, First Amendment, and Constitutional Litigation
Saima Sheikh represents employers in all industries with employment law matters, focusing on wage and hour, discrimination and breach of contract litigation in the hospitality, healthcare, financial services and retail industries. She negotiates, drafts and enforces employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions. She regularly counsels management regarding day-to-day workplace issues (such as hiring, termination and disciplinary practices and personnel policies) as well as compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. Saima is highly attentive to clients' business objectives and she offers creative strategies and strong trial advocacy.
Saima is recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro area "Rising Star."
Great presentation !
info was timely.