Butzel's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team is comprised of attorneys who possess a wealth of knowledge—accompanied by extensive courtroom experience—in representing and counseling clients in trade secret, non-compete, and other competitively sensitive business disputes.
Members of this Team regularly obtain and oppose injunctive relief and negotiate the resolution of business competition disputes. Each attorney remains current with all legal developments in this specialized area of practice and are often involved in the cases that define the boundaries of trade secret and non-compete law.
As a result of the depth of our commitment to this area of the law, Butzel attorneys are renowned not only for their litigation and trial expertise, but also for counseling clients on how to protect themselves and their competitively sensitive business information through the drafting of specially tailored restrictive covenants.
Clients, other attorneys, and industry groups can depend on our attorneys to stay abreast of developing issues. Members of the Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team frequently disperse the latest information on business competition topics and share their experience-based knowledge and guidance via a variety of media, including webinars, client alerts, and articles in industry publications.
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Alerts & Publications
- Client Alert, 7.28.2022
- Client Alert, 7.19.2022
- Client Alert, 6.1.2022
- Client Alert, 5.3.2022
- Client Alert, 1.12.2022
News & Events
- Detroiter Magazine, 1.5.2022
- 9.10.2009Butzel Long attorneys file trade secrets case
- Represented a former employee accused of stealing more than $100 million worth of trade secrets from his employers in violation of the federal economic espionage act.
- S & R Equipment Co., v. Stanley. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employee.
- Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employ.
- Sherwin Williams v. Biggers. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee. 851 F. Supp. 839 (1994).
- Defended and won summary judgment in favor of former employees dismissing claims brought by employer alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and tortious interference with business opportunities.
- Defended against claim for violation of a non-compete agreement
- Superior Consultant Co., Inc. v. Walling. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee. 851 F. Supp. 839 (1994).
- Defended fiberglass manufacturer in patent/trade secret infringement action
- Red Group v. Gattari. Successfully defended former employee in two lawsuits initiated by former employer alleging violations of a covenant not to compete and related claims.
- Defended a major financial management company against numerous claims for violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements over a ten year period.
- Trade secret lawsuits
- Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete, copyright infringement, and unfair competition suit against former employees
- Superior Consultant Co., Inc. v. DeSimone. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction and then negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employee and new employer.
- Sherwin Williams v. Nevada Color. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employees.
- Represented a technology consulting company in negotiations and contemplated litigation against its former client regarding breach of the parties' non-disclosure agreement and related copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets claims.
- Sherwin Williams v. Kuperschmidt. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employee.