Non-Compete And Non-Disclosure Agreements

Starting a new job is often a whirlwind event. Between orientation sessions, networking events with new co-workers and getting adjusted to new workspaces, it can seem overwhelming. On top of everything else, there are legal matters to worry about, including what is in your employment contract. Part of your contract could have terms involving non-compete, non-disclosure and trade secret agreements. What employers will not tell you is that many of these terms are not enforceable in California.

If you are asked to sign a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement, you should speak with an experienced lawyer regarding your rights. There are very few limited situations in which non-compete agreements are still enforced in the state of California.

Attorney Anthony J. Poidmore offers experienced legal counsel on employment law agreements, including non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. He reviews these documents with clients and helps them fully understand their options before and after they sign. For more answers to your questions involving non-compete contracts, contact the Roseville law firm of Anthony J. Poidmore.

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable Anymore in California?

The short answer is no.

In 2008, the California Supreme Court decided the case of Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP. In this case, the court reaffirmed that, in California, non-compete agreements are unenforceable in most situations. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but the law now stands that most employers are unable to enforce non-compete agreements, even after you have signed it.


If your employer or former employer is attempting to enforce a non-compete clause of your contract, it is most likely that they are going against what the law says. Anthony Poidmore is a knowledgeable employment law attorney who can explain your rights to you and help you move past this roadblock quickly and efficiently.

An experienced litigator with a reputation for aggressive action, Mr. Poidmore is dedicated to protecting your rights in employment law matters. He has years of experience as a trial attorney and has handled hundreds of jury trials, achieving successful jury verdicts and settlements for clients throughout the Sacramento area.

Mr. Poidmore has in-depth understanding of employment law and knows that employers often bring lawsuits when the contracts they attempt to enforce are, in fact, unenforceable.

When Can a Non-Compete Be Enforced?

There are a few limited situations in which non-competes are still enforced in the state. When these exceptions apply, the non-compete can be enforced within a reasonable geographical area so that the seller does not open up shop and put the buyer out of business.


While you do have options regarding non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, it is critical to act on them quickly. Contact the law firm of Anthony J. Poidmore in Roseville, California, by completing an online contact form.