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Yep, you read that right. I’m a lawyer, I’ve practiced for almost 38 years, and I want to share a few common sense tips for how you can avoid hiring me.
Our firm handles a variety of matters, for big corporations, for small businesses, and for individuals like you. We advise. We draft. We bring court cases and we defend cases brought by other lawyers. We’ve seen a lot. Here are my tips.
YOU: “Cindy, I’m just not sure about this offer. The non-compete looks like I’d have to move to Timbuktu for 2 years if I left and got a job with most companies where my skills could be used.”
CINDY: “Don’t worry about that, YOU. We’ve never sued on one of these in the ten years I’ve worked here. All we would want is for you to not go to work for BIG COMPETITOR.”
YOU: “I hate BIG COMPETITOR and I’d never work for them.”
CINDY: “Then you’d be just fine. Ready to join our team?”
Again, what you are hoping is that, when shown the emails, the company feels it may be wasting its money hiring a lawyer to sue you for violating the non-compete. Sometimes you can even work out a compromise after leaving a company for a competitor. I’ve seen pledges to not call on any of the same accounts work.
These helpful tips won’t see the light of your screen without a few disclaimers. If your problem involves big bucks, some of my recommendations might not apply. Don’t undertake to be your own lawyer. Just don’t. These suggestions and opinions are mine. Be kind. Be honest. Read and keep a copy of what you sign. Keep your emails and texts. And, if you need a lawyer, give us a call.
Bettie Kelley Sousa has been practicing law with Smith Debnam since becoming licensed in 1981. She is a Board Certified Creditors’ Rights Specialist. She has a wealth of experience in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, at both trial and appellate levels. She represents mostly business owners and businesses --- large and small --- in a variety of matters, including contract review, drafting and disputes....LEARN MORE