Covenants Not to Compete and Restraints Against Competition

When You Need an Experienced Attorney in Cases Involving Covenants Not to Compete and Non-Competition Agreements

If you own or manage a business, chances are you’d rather not have competition.  Admit it, it’s true.  The attempt to use restrictive covenants and covenants not to compete to prevent someone or some company from engaging in a competitive business against you has a long history.

Under NJ law, limited restraints on competition which are no broader than reasonably necessary to protect a legitimate business interest and which do not materially or adversely affect the public interest are generally enforceable in New Jersey.  The devil, however, is in the details of what the restraint(s) prohibit(s) and/or restrict(s) and the reason(s) to justify it/them.

Restrictive covenants to limit competition and the use of non-competition agreements are most often used by employers or business owners with: (1) key employees and upper-management personnel, and (2) the purchaser(s) of a business to prevent the seller from competing against the new buyer in the same industry, soliciting their customers or employees or disclosing confidential information and/or trade secrets to competitors.

If your case involves an actual or potential covenant not to compete, an unlawful disclosure of confidential information and/or trade secrets and you would like to speak to an experienced attorney personally, call Fredrick P. Niemann toll-free at 855-376-5291. You may reach Mr. Niemann at extension 107  or 115 or e-mail him at  He or a member of the firm will be happy to meet with you.

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-Scott Buongiovanni Freehold, New Jersey


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-Steve Weiss, Regional Director of Professional Relations, Senior Bridge

Covenant Not to Compete Attorneys serving these New Jersey Counties:
Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Cape May County, Mercer County, Middlesex County,
Bergen County, Morris County, Burlington County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Passaic County