A Primer on Illinois Law Regarding Noncompetes


Peter A. Steinmeyer, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Chicago office, authored an article in Law360 titled “A Primer on Illinois Law Regarding Noncompetes.” (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

In a decision issued in late October, AssuredPartners Inc. et al. v. William Schmitt, 2015 IL App. (1st) 141863 (Ill. App. 2015), the Illinois Appellate Court struck down as overbroad and unreasonable, the noncompete, nonsolicit and confidentiality provisions in an employment agreement. The court then refused to judicially modify or “blue pencil” these provisions because the court deemed their deficiencies “too great to permit modification.” This decision is essentially a primer on current Illinois law regarding restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements.

Mr. Steinmeyer’s article also appears in Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog, an Epstein Becker Green publication.