Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, and/or Non-Disclosure Agreements

The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. is experienced in the preparation of Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, and/or Non-Disclosure Agreements.  Non-Competition Agreements are also referred to as “Non-Compete Agreements,” while Non-Disclosure Agreements are often referred to as “Confidentiality” or “Proprietary Information” Agreements.

Non-Compete Agreements are utilized in a number of venues, which include the employment sector as well as the business sector as between business owners or between the seller and purchaser of a business entity.  Although each state treats such agreements differently, Florida does allow such agreements if they comport with certain requirements set forth within section 542.335 of the Florida Statutes, which are:

  1. The agreement must be reasonable in time, area, and line of business;
  2. The agreement must be in writing and signed by the person against whom it
    is to be enforced;
  3. There must exit a legitimate business interest justifying the restrictive
    convenant; and
  4. The restriction must be reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate
    business interest[s] justifying the restriction.

This statute goes into significant detail to set forth the legality of a Non-Compete Agreement under various scenarios, and because each situation can be significantly different, it is important for you to discuss the specific factual circumstances with an attorney of The Jackson Law Firm, P.A.

Non-Disclosure / Confidentiality / or Proprietary Agreements are similarly utilized in a number of circumstances, and are utilized between parties who wish to exchange confidential information and/or materials while, at the same time, preventing further disclosure to third parties.  The use of such an agreement may arise, for example, in an employment context relative to the hiring of a new employee, businesses working together on a joint venture, or any situation where proprietary or confidential information needs to be protected from disclosure to a third party.  It is advisable to seek legal counsel in drafting such agreements, and the attorneys of The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. are ready to meet with you to ascertain the best manner in which to protect your proprietary information or to assist you in the evaluation of such an agreement that you have been asked to execute.

We encourage you to contact our firm to discuss your options regarding your matter.