Whether you are an individual or the owner or officer of a business, one of the last things you ever expect is to be involved in a legal dispute. Not only are disputes time-consuming, they can also be costly to you and/or your business. Whether a supplier or customer has claimed you didn’t uphold your agreement with them or you’ve had a client default on a contract, you can count on a straight-forward assessment of your legal rights from Donnelly Law LLC followed by aggressive representation to meet your goals. We have represented clients in disputes arising from many different areas of law, including:
- Breach of contract
- Consumer Fraud/Deceptive Practices Act
- Declaratory Judgment
- Employment disputes
- Insurance coverage
- Restrictive covenant disputes (including non-compete agreements)
- Shareholder/Partnership disputes
- Trade secret disputes
- Tortious Interference
Contracts are a critical component of business operations. A contract governs the relationship between two or more parties and describes the obligations of each party toward the other(s). When a party to a contract fails to fulfill its end of the bargain, you and/or your company may incur substantial damages. If alternative dispute methods fail, litigation may be the only recourse to put you back in the position you would have been in had the contract been fulfilled. Donnelly Law LLC has represented individuals and businesses in hundreds of cases arising from some form of breach of contract.
Protecting Your Business’ Rights
Businesses are growing increasingly concerned with protection of their intellectual property rights, employees, and customers. Technological advancement, mobility of the workforce, and the overall speed of which information is shared, distributed and disseminated in the workforce have led to companies seek and enforce restrictive covenants to protect their sensitive information, trade secrets, and customer/client information.
A restrictive covenant is an agreement which restricts the activities of the employee after they leave the company for another job. Employers look to these agreements to prevent, among other things, their trade secrets from being taken by former employers and given to a competitor. They can also be used in an attempt to prevent former employees from working for a competitor or from soliciting other employees or customers. The enforcement of restrictive covenants is an evolving area of law and Illinois law generally disfavors agreements that are unnecessarily restrictive to the employee.
At Donnelly Law LLC, we are experienced in restrictive covenant matters, having represented both businesses seeking to enforce an agreement and individuals defending against unenforceable and overly-restrictive agreements. If you or your business has an issue involving enforcement of a restrictive covenant, Donnelly Law LLC can provide you with the results-oriented counsel you need.
When Your Business is Being Sued
There are numerous reasons why someone may file a lawsuit against you or your business. Obviously, avoiding litigation is the primary goal in most cases. However, when faced with a lawsuit, Donnelly Law LLC seeks to counsel its clients on the advantages/disadvantages of litigation and whether a lawsuit should be defended or settled depending on the merits of the case, and the needs and goals of the client.
Donnelly Law LLC has over a decade of litigation experience and has defended individuals and corporations facing litigation for breach of contract, employment discrimination, restrictive covenant agreements (such as a non-compete agreement), trade secret litigation and other business disputes.