Earlier this year, Washington adopted a new law—Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1450—that places significant restrictions on the enforceability of non-competition agreements. The law applies to “every written or oral covenant, agreement, or contract by which an employee or independent contractor is prohibited or restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind.” Importantly, the law does not address nonsolicitation, confidentiality, or trade secrets agreements. Employers using non-competition agreements should understand the key provisions of the law—which takes effect on January 1, 2020—and how they affect their non-competition agreements. READ MORE
David B. Smith
David has significant experience representing technology companies, financial institutions, government contractors, and other employers in a broad range of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, wrongful termination, and breach of contract claims. He has defended class and collective actions under state and federal laws, including claims involving pay equity, Title VII, and wage-and-hour law.
David also regularly advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resource policies and procedures, restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, separation agreements, employee hiring and termination, internal investigations, leave laws, and reasonable accommodations.
During law school, David participated in the University of Virginia School of Law's Employment Law Clinic. Prior to law school, David worked as a litigation paralegal for two law firms in Washington, D.C.