Traps for the Unwary: Drafting Non-Competes and Other Post-Employment Restrictions

Boston Bar Association

Event Info

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  • Time:

    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

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    Boston, MA

Bret Cohen will co-chair and speak at the Boston Bar Association's CLE program entitled, "Traps for the Unwary: Drafting Non-Competes and Other Post-Employment Restrictions."

Employers have long required employees to sign agreements designed to preserve confidentiality, safeguard trade secrets, protect customer relationships and goodwill, and restrict competition.  It is important that attorneys understand how such agreements should be crafted at the outset to ensure balance with regard to restrictiveness and protection.

Our panel will offer drafting tips that address both employer and employee concerns relative to non-competition, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenants.

Learn what considerations are important to assess in the initial drafting phase to increase enforceability as well as predictability in the event of litigation.  Attendees will also obtain a valuable perspective from the bench courtesy of Hon. Janet L. Sanders of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Topics of Interest

  • Common drafting pitfalls and oversights
  • When should an employer require that a current employee sign a revised non-compete?
  • Non-competes in the context of a severance agreement
  • Enforceability Concerns – The View from the Bench
  • Ask the Panelists – Q&A Session


  • Hon. Janet L. Sanders - Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
  • Bret A. Cohen, Esq. - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  • Evan Fray-Witzer, Esq. - Ciampa Fray-Witzer, LLP
  • Sharen Litwin, Esq. (moderator) - Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

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