Help for Non-competition Problems

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Dec 21, 2010 2:42 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Non-competition agreements can block promising career paths. Even so, every state enforces them, but within limits. For help solving your non-compete problems, learn the limits.

Neil Klingshirn has written extensively on the limits of non-competition agreements. His articles are on this site. In 2010 Neil wrote Unlock Non-Compete Agreements, Keys to Escape, a plain English "How To" for escaping invalid non-competes. It teaches the law, trial tactics and bargaining strategies that are key for escaping invalid non-competes.

For personalized advise, Fortney & Klingshirn offers a consultation to explore your options in light of  your non-compete, circumstances and state law.  In Ohio, we can go to court for you, where we have stopped employers from using invalid non-competes to interfere with our client's ability to make a living. 

Fortney & Klingshirn has decades of experience solving non-competition problems. Let us help solve yours.

Non-Compete Solutions

If your employer wants you to sign a non-compete or you want to avoid one that you already signed, we recommend that you: 




  1. Search this site for non-competition articles, frequently asked questions about non-competes and non-competition discussions. This content is free.
  2. Ask MEL your non-competition question. MEL will send your question to employment lawyers in your state. This service is free.
  3. Purchase Unlock Non-compete Agreements, Keys to Escape. Neil Klingshirn wrote this one of a kind book to explain non-compete law in plain terms, with real life examples. It teaches non-compete negotiating skills and provides specific court strategies to avoid or escape invalid non-competes.
  4. Schedule a consultation with Neil Klingshirn. Discuss your non-competition agreement with Neil Klingshirn, an experienced employment law specialist. We identify strategies for negotiating or escaping your non-competition agreement, based on its language, your circumstances and the law in your state. 

Unlock Non-compete Agreements

Neil Klingshirn, an Ohio employment law specialist and non-compete expert witness, explains the law of non-competes in plain terms, with examples from real cases. Unlock Non-competes explains how to get a court order to stop employers from using invalid non-competes and how to negotiate into our out of non-competition agreements, with seven specific strategies.

Unlock Non-Compete Agreements, Keys to Escape is available online and at a cost of $39.95. Customers who purchase Unlock Non-compete Agreements receive a 10% discount off of a consultation. A preview of the Table of Contents and Introduction is available free, here.

Schedule a Consultation

If you need more than you can learn from a good book, Fortney & Klingshirn can help with your specific agreement. In Ohio, Fortney & Klingshirn can also go to court to seek injunctive relief and to defend you from employer non-competition claims.

Consultations typically last one and one half hours and cost $250.  Consultation clients who purchase Unlock Non-Compete Agreements receive a $25.00 discount. The objective of the consultation is to identify challenges to your non-competition agreement and to craft negotiation and court strategies based on them. If the non-compete is valid and you need to comply with it, Fortney & Klingshirn will tell you that too, and explore strategies for minimizing disruptions caused by it.

To schedule a consultation, call 330.665.5445, ext. 0. Our Office Manager can get you on our consultation calendar.  

What do Others Say?

Consider the experience of Michael Bacon, a Fortney & Klingshirn client. He said:
With the help of Neil Klingshirn I successfully negotiated an agreement with my former employer that allows me to continue making a living and providing for my family in spite of a non-compete agreement. Let me explain.
About a week after I was fired my ex-employer’s attorney sent me documents explaining that I could not talk to my customers or sell the products I had sold while working for them. This was a scary time, I had landed on my feet with a new job and now I was being threatened with a lot of legal issues that would prevent me from keeping this new job. I spoke to Neil and forwarded all the documents they sent to him, we discussed my options under the agreement I had signed back in 2005 and how we could proceed.

There were basically 2 options. I could sit back and take it from the employer’s attorneys or take the offensive and have them answer to us. This is when I realized just how good Neil is at what he does. First he calmed my fears and then he proceeded to file my case and negotiate with the company’s attorney. After 4 or 5 weeks I was able to keep my important clients and get on with my life.
There are a few things I would like to convey to anyone in a similar situation:
  1. If presented with a non-compete agreement always request time to speak to an attorney and have it explained.
  2. Companies can not take actions that are not supported by the laws.
  3. Always tell a new or prospective employer that you have a non-compete from your previous employer. They are going to find out; it is part of the process.
  4. Hire Neil Klingshirn if you find yourself in a dispute with an employer.
Everyone's situation is different. What remains the same, though, is Fortney & Klingshirn's commitment to helping their clients escape invalid or overly broad non-competition agreement. Whatever your circumstances, the lessons taught in Unlock Non-Compete Agreements and an individual consultation can help you minimize the costs of unfair non-competes.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Dec 21, 2010 2:42 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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