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Trade Secrets & Non-Compete

Are you an employee who is currently involved in a confidentiality or trade secret dispute with your employer? If so, contact Laguna Beach Employment Attorney Geniene Stillwell. A highly skilled and experienced Employment Lawyer, Geniene Stillwell has been successfully representing clients involved in a breach of confidentiality, trade secret and non-competition disputes with their employers or former employers for thirty years.

Under California law, trade secrets and the misappropriation thereof are protected under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). Under this Act, the use, disclosure, or inappropriate acquisition of trade secrets is strictly prohibited. When an employee or former employee is found to be in violation of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, they may be held liable for all damages arising as a result of the breach of confidentiality or disclosure of a trade secret. The employee may also be required to pay the employer royalties and attorney’s fees.

Under the UTSA, trade secrets may include not just technology, but any information that is not generally known to the public and from which another may derive economic value, including (but not limited to):

  • Business Plans

  • Customer Lists

  • Designs

  • Formulas

  • Procedures

  • Prototypes

  • Spreadsheets

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If you have been accused of violating a confidentiality or trade secret agreement, it is imperative that you hire an experienced, knowledgeable employment law attorney immediately. Failure to do so could result in a substantial judgment being entered against you. You need experience and skill on your side! Laguna Beach Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell has 30 years’ experience helping employees protect and defend their rights!

Generally, in Californa, agreements that attempt to prevent or restrict you from engaging in your occupation or going to work for a competitor are illegal. If you are being asked to sign, or have signed, a non-compete agreement, contact Geniene Stillwell to understand your rights and remedies.

If you have been accused of violating a trade secret or need help determining what your rights are, contact the Laguna Beach Law Offices of Employment Lawyer Geniene Stillwell at (949) 541-2731. We will advise you as to your best course of action and help ensure that your rights are protected.

We are located in Laguna Beach, California and represent clients throughout Southern California.