Going Over: Employment Law Issues When a Key Employee Leaves for a Competitor



  • Available Until 11/24/2023
  • Class Time 1:00 PM CT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format On-Demand
  • Program Code 117094-61826
  • General Credits: 1.00 hr(s)

Price: $85.00

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Few things strike heart of business owners more than when a key employee departs and joins a competitor.  The departing employee may have sensitive knowledge about products or services, pricing strategies, customer lists, financial or other information essential to the success of the business.  If the business has planned for this eventuality, placing restrictions on key employees through a variety of agreements, any damage may be limited.  But if the key employee is departing without these agreements in place, the business must rely on strategies for protecting its sensitive information. This program will provide you a real-world guide to protecting your client’s sensitive business information when a key employee departs. 


  • Conducting effective exit interviews of the departing employee
  • Enforcing contractual provisions against disclosure of sensitive employer information
  • Resort to statutory protections of trade secrets or “know how” when contractual protections don’t exist
  • Understanding how employment law torts may apply to specific situations
  • Planning in anticipation of the eventual loss of a key employee


Jennifer S. Baldocchi is a partner in Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she co-chairs the office’s employment law department.  Her practice focuses on employee mobility and intellectual property, including trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, and fiduciary duties.   In her transactional practice, she prepares employee and executive contracts, focusing on the protection of trade secrets and the prevention of improper customer and employee solicitations. She is recognized by Legal 500 US for trade secrets litigation and non-contentious matters.  Ms. Baldocchi earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. 

Jessica Mendelson is an attorney in the Palo Alto, California office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where her practice focuses on trade secrets litigation and employee mobility issues.  Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Mendelson practiced trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation in the intellectual property department of a boutique firm in Los Angeles. Ms. Mendelson earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

Lindsey Jackson is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of employment law and labor relations, including wage-and-hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, trade secrets, and employee mobility matters. Ms. Jackson has also represented clients in employment litigation touching upon cybersecurity issues.  Ms. Jackson received her B.A. from Yale University, her M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education, and her J.D. from Stanford University Law School.


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