Trade Secrets

Ethics Clawback Policy: Backstop to Lost Profits in a Trade Secret Fight

Ethics Clawback Policy: Backstop to Lost Profits in a Trade Secret Fight

When an employee goes Benedict Arnold and defects with a jump drive (or DropBox account) full of your trade secrets, you know what you want – an injunction to stop him from using your secrets against you, along with money damages from both the ex-employee and his new employer.

But taking a court judgment for your lost profits isn’t always a lock. That’s one reason why ethics clawback policies deserve a close look.

How to Handle Digital Damage Control: Texas Lawyer

How to Handle Digital Damage Control: Texas Lawyer

Lee Winkelman and Alan Bush are freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer. Their latest article, “How to Handle Digital Damage Control” appeared in the In-House Focus section on May 1, 2017.

Employees can get into a lot of trouble with a smartphone and a social media account or two. Here’s what Lee and Alan had to say about it:

Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant): Texas Lawyer

Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant): Texas Lawyer

Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman are freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer.  Their latest article, “Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant) appeared on June 22, 2016.

The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act has given companies a new tool to prosecute employees who steal trade secrets.  Here’s what Alan and Lee had to say about it:

Longer Reach Has Advantages in Venue Selection: Texas Lawyer

Longer Reach Has Advantages in Venue Selection: Texas Lawyer

Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman are routine freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer.  Their latest article, “Longer Reach Has Advantages in Venue Selection,” appeared in the December 21, 2015 issue.

Enforcing a non-compete is often easier in your company’s own back yard – and with Texas law.  Companies headquartered in Texas often like sticking local.  Thanks to recent SCOTX and Fifth Circuit rulings, Texas companies have been dealt a better hand to do it. 

Here's what Alan and Lee had to say:

Spring Accounting Expo: Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

Spring Accounting Expo:  Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders – such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers.  You can hear Alan at:

Spring Accounting Expo | Houston CPA Society

Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

May 18, 2015

Energy Law Symposium: Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch

Energy Law Symposium: Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch

Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders – such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers. You can hear Alan at:

Energy Law Symposium | Texas A&M Law Review
Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch 
April 2, 2015

HR Southwest: Tapping A Competitor's Talent Pool

speaking at button (speaker180x100) Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders—such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers.  You can hear Alan at:

HR Southwest | SHRM Conference for the Southwest US

Tapping A Competitor's Talent Pool

October 21, 2013

Non-competes are common in your industry.  Those agreements now have teeth—thanks to some recent cases.  How can you hire experienced workers from your competition and stay out of court?  Should you ask your folks to sign non-competes too?  We’ll talk it out.

When: 1:15 – 2:45p

Where: Fort Worth Convention Center

RSVP: hrsouthwest.com