Business-Agreements-Health-BenefitsAshmore & Ashmore lawyers are experienced in drafting, reviewing, and consulting with clients on all kinds of business agreements, including but not limited to the following types of agreements:

Non-compete Agreements

To be enforceable in Texas, non-compete agreements must be supported by valid consideration and be reasonable in scope. Texas courts have become more willing to accept and enforce these restrictions, they still must be reasonable in both duration and geographic scope. KC Ashmore is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to non-compete agreements.

Non-solicitation Agreements

Often, an agreement which contains a covenant not to compete will also contain a provision prohibiting the solicitation of customers and employees. These provisions can be somewhat difficult to enforce, because whether a client or employee has been solicited is often a disputed issue. KC Ashmore is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to non-solicitation provisions.

Non-disclosure Agreements

Nondisclosure agreements, or NDAs, are generally more enforceable than non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Texas courts have held that, unlike non-compete agreements, NDAs do not constitute unlawful restraints upon trade. Companies are allowed to use NDAs to protect their confidential information and trade secrets. KC Ashmore is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to nondisclosure agreements.

Severance Agreements

When an employee leaves a company (voluntarily or involuntarily) they may be asked, is often asked to sign a severance agreement on the way out the door. The primary purpose of the agreement is to have the employee release the employer of any potential legal claims. The employer typically pays money to obtain the release. But severance agreements can also contain other provisions, such as non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, about which the employee must be aware. KC Ashmore is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to severance agreements. KC Ashmore is also experienced in counseling both employers and employees with respect to the validity of legal claims that are at issue and are being released.

Employment Agreements

Most Texas employees are employed on an at-will basis, meaning that they can be fired at any time for any reason (or for no reason). However, certain employees–such as executives and physicians—are sometimes offered agreements for a fixed duration. These “term” agreements, however, can sometimes be misleading, because, even though they seemingly purport to give the employee a fixed term of employment, they may contain provisions which allow the employer to terminate the employment earlier. Also, employment agreements often contain other terms, such as noncompetition provisions, about which an employee must be aware. KC Ashmore is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to employment agreements.

Physician Employment Agreements

Unlike most Texas employees, which are employed on an at-will basis, physicians typically sign employment agreements which give them employment for a fixed term. These agreements also typically define the physician’s working hours, office location, compensation, benefits, and other issues. Physician employment agreements often contain non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. Because the agreements can be very valuable to the physicians who sign them, it is important to have them reviewed by an experienced attorney. Our law firm is experienced in drafting, reviewing, counseling, and litigating on behalf of companies and individuals (employers and employees) with respect to physician employment agreements.