The attorneys of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, & Non-Competes practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP protect and defend clients against those who improperly handle proprietary information, violate non-compete agreements, improperly solicit customers or remove electronic data from businesses, and raid employees. We also work aggressively to defend our clients against such allegations because we understand the potential damage that can occur when trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud, breach of contract, and business tort allegations arise. Although we counsel our clients to avoid these situations, should trouble arise, we aggressively appear in court for injunction and other proceedings with an experienced team of trial attorneys and e-discovery practitioners.
The blog is a resource for employers that provides timely legal and news updates to C-suite executives, corporate in-house counsel, technology and security officers, and HR professionals concerned about protecting their valuable trade secrets, intellectual capital, workforce, customer relationships, and other confidential information. The blog provides up-to-the-minute information on the latest legal trends and cases across the country, as well as important thought leadership and resource links and materials, in this dynamic area of the law.
Chair of the Litigation Department
Kate Perrelli is a partner in the firm’s Boston office and Chair of Seyfarth’s Litigation Department. She is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing regional, national, and international corporations in the financial services, transportation, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, and staffing industries. Her commercial practice focuses on trial work and counseling in the areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and complex commercial disputes, including dealer/franchise disputes, and contract disputes.
Chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes Practice Group
Michael Wexler is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, where he is Chair of the Chicago Litigation Department and Chair of the national Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes Practice Group. His practice focuses on trial work and counseling in the areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate espionage, unfair competition, complex commercial disputes, intellectual property infringement, and white collar criminal defense in both federal and state courts. A former state prosecutor, Mr. Wexler’s extensive investigatory experience and considerable jury trial practice enables him to advise clients with regard to potential disputes and represent clients through and including a determination of their rights at trial.
Editor of Trading Secrets
Robert Milligan is the Editor of the blog and co-chair of the national Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes Practie Group. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, products liability, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower cases, bankruptcy and other business torts. Mr. Milligan has represented clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings.
Mike Baniak is a highly experienced Intellectual Property litigator and trial lawyer. Mr. Baniak has a broad-based practice, and expertise that spans all facets of IP transactions, counseling, and litigation and appellate work, in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He is a true “hybrid,” working in every aspect of IP virtually daily. Mr. Baniak counsels an international array of clients.
Justin K. Beyer
Justin K. Beyer is a senior associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Beyer focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, complex commercial litigation, and trade secrets, including seeking and defending against injunctive relief based on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-competition agreements. Mr. Beyer has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the agricultural, banking, construction, food processing equipment manufacturing, general manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, real estate development, and transportation industries.
Misty Blair is an associate in the Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, patent litigation, trade secrets litigation, and a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark prosecution. She is a registered Patent Attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Randy Bruchmiller is a senior associate in the Commercial Litigation and Trade Secrets practice groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Bruchmiller was a principal at a medium-size litigation firm in Houston prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw in 2010. He has handled a variety of cases while representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has obtained numerous favorable outcomes for those clients through summary judgments, settlements and trial.
Paul Freehling is senior counsel with the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. With more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Freehling has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals, and he has argued before three U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the Illinois Appellate Court. In addition to his practice in a wide variety of complex litigated matters, Mr. Freehling has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution both as a neutral and as an advocate. He has been appointed to the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, the premier organization for alternative methods of dispute resolution. Mr. Freehling is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and elected member of the American Law Institute.
Gary Glaser is a partner in the New York office practicing in the area of labor and employment law and litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Glaser also counsels and represents clients in litigation involving corporate espionage / noncompete / restrictive covenant / trade secrets issues; wage and hour issues; employment agreements; human resources policies and procedures; management training regarding sexual harassment and other EEO and labor law issues.
Daniel Hart is an associate in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment department, he focuses his practice in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, and common law tort claims, before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Scott Humphrey is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Corporate Espionage Group. He serves on the Group’s National Steering Committee and has successfully prosecuted and defended trade secrets and restrictive covenant cases throughout the United States. In doing so, Scott has successfully obtained and defeated temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctions involving trade secret and restrictive covenant matters for clients in the technology, securities and financial services, transportation, electronics, software, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, and manufacturing industries. Scott has also written and reviewed restrictive covenant agreements for both Fortune 100 and small privately held corporations.
Sarah Izfar is a commercial litigation associate in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Izfar has experience representing a wide range of companies in business disputes in both state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, and trade secret claims. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Izfar served as a law clerk for a judge in the New York State Commercial Division and a corporate associate at a large New York firm specializing in bank finance and capital markets transactions.
Molly Joyce focuses on litigation involving all aspects of restrictive covenants and trade secret and intellectual property protection. She also regularly counsels clients on hiring decisions relating to restrictive covenants and has written restrictive covenant agreements for a variety of entities. Ms. Joyce has represented a wide range of clients — including consulting companies, medical device manufacturers, commercial and residential developers, hospitals, insurance companies, property managers, private business owners and telecommunications carriers — through all phases of litigation, including emergency injunctions, trials and appeals. Ms. Joyce was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2011 and 2012 “Rising Star” in Illinois for Business Litigation.
Georgina McAdam is an associate in the International Labor & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP, based in the firm’s London office. Her focus is on all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. McAdam worked in one of London’s top-tier employment departments.
James McNairy is a partner in the Sacramento office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Litigation department and his practice focuses on commercial, trade secret, and employment litigation. Mr. McNairy’s commercial litigation practice focuses on complex matters involving breach of contract; insurance bad faith; franchise, dealer and distribution disputes; unfair competition; business torts; false advertising; discriminatory pricing; and anti-trust. Mr. McNairy prosecutes and defends trade secret misappropriation claims, including obtaining associated expedited discovery and relief. Mr. McNairy’s employment litigation practice focuses on restrictions on competition and freedom of employment (non-compete and non-solicitation agreements), ERISA, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour class actions brought under state and federal law.
Dawn Mertineit is an associate in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Mertineit specializes in non-compete and trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, from pre-litigation counseling through to judgment or settlement, as well as advising her clients on their non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants. Ms. Mertineit also has experience litigating a variety of employment actions, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims, partnership disputes, banking and finance matters, breach of contract suits, product and premises liability actions, real estate disputes, construction claims, and various tort actions.
Marcus Mintz is a senior associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Mintz’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including cases involving post-merger disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, equity rights, and business tort claims. Mr. Mintz has represented a wide range of clients, including medical device manufacturers, clinical research organizations, automotive manufacturers, defense contractors, construction companies, insurance companies, and a variety of private business owners. Mr. Mintz has represented and counseled clients through all phases and forms of litigation, including pre-litigation resolution, alternative dispute resolution, administrative law proceedings, emergency injunctions, jury trials, and appeals.
Jacob Oslick is an associate in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and a member of the Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Oslick has experience in all aspects of labor & employment litigation, including discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, and wage-and-hour claims, as well as claims arising from alleged breaches of executive compensation arrangements. Before joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Oslick maintained a diverse commercial litigation practice that, in addition to labor & employment cases, included breach of contract, securities, shareholder derivative, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and internet property matters. Additionally, as a pro bono Special Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Oslick successfully litigated three criminal appeals.
Anthony Orler focuses his practice on foreign and domestic patent prosecution and client counseling. Mr. Orler’s technical emphasis is on semiconductor materials and processing and communication systems, and he has significant experience in digital signal processing, hardware engineering, global positioning systems (GPS) hardware, satellite communications, and digital television display interfaces. He also holds several United States and foreign Patents. Mr. Orler has represented individuals and Fortune 50 companies, and his clients include two Nobel Laureates. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School for the past 11 years. Mr. Orler was Counsel of Record, amici curiae, Demore v. Kim , 123 S.Ct. 1708 (2003), where his brief was quoted by Justice Souter in one of the opinions of the Court.
Eddy Salcedo is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer and is currently in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients in trade secret, enforcement of non-competition agreements, partnership disputes, and trademark infringement litigations. He has also served as trial counsel for parties in construction and real estate development disputes, contract disputes, and general commercial and civil litigation. His experience includes state and federal bench and jury trials, appeals and arbitrations. He has appeared as counsel of record in the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals of New York (New York’s highest state court), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Salcedo is a native Spanish speaker.
Joshua Salinas is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practicing in the areas of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, computer fraud, and commercial litigation. Joshua’s experience includes the prosecution and defense of trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition claims.
Scott Schaefers is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where he specializes in commercial litigation, antitrust and trade regulation, and trade secrets and restrictive covenants. He has significant experience in representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters.
Bob Stevens is a partner in the Labor and Employment and Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Competes Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has over 15 years of experience representing public and privately held companies throughout the United States in employment related litigation. He concentrates his practice on litigation and counseling matters involving employment discrimination, restrictive covenant, trade secret, and wage and hour issues.
Jason Stiehl is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Stiehl represents clients in complex commercial disputes involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition, corporate espionage, contract, and intellectual property claims in both state and federal court. He also has extensive nationwide class action experience, including involvement in multi-district litigation.
Peter Talibart is a partner in the International Labor & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP and leads the firm’s London office. He is qualified in both Canada and the UK. Mr. Talibart is employment counsel to major multinationals and financial institutions on strategic cross-border employment issues. His expertise is in all aspects of UK and cross-border employment law, in particular corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance (employment), financial services compliance and ethical issues.
John Tomaszewski is Senior Counsel in the International Data Protection Practice Group. He has significant experience counseling companies regarding data protection and information security throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. His clients have included a myriad of technology companies as well as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce companies of all sizes. John has prepared privacy and security documentation for HR departments, cloud service providers, social media companies, and a host of both traditional “brick-and-mortar” and emerging technology clients. He has also developed fair information practice statements, certification practice statements, PKI policies, non-disclosure agreements, and similar information security and confidentiality instruments.
Erik Weibust is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of the Securities and Financial Litigation and Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice groups. He is also an active member of the firm’s national Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Team.
Matthew Werber is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. His practice focuses primarily on areas of intellectual property litigation and counseling. Mr. Werber has represented some of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers in federal courts, state courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission in litigation matters involving semiconductors, smart phone mobile devices, e-commerce, information systems, software, mechanical devices, water treatment systems and computerized modeling, among other technologies.
Rebecca Woods is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is a seasoned litigator with trial experience. She also counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies. As a commercial litigator at heart, her subject matter experience is broad, and includes trade secrets, insurance coverage, business torts, construction litigation and real estate matters.
James Yu is a partner in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments. He has defended several class action lawsuits, including wage and hour class and collective actions, and is experienced in handling multi-district litigations. He has regularly handled and tried a diverse range of matters, including complex contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation and business tort cases, products liability and toxic tort defense, and several actions defending servicers of commercial mortgage loans involving multi-level debt structures.