We represented an international biotechnology company client in connection with the hiring of its Chief Medical Officer (CMO), who previously had worked for a similar company. The Friday before he was supposed to begin at our client, his former employer, despite having known his plans for weeks, threatened to file a lawsuit seeking an injunction preventing him from working for our client. Over the ensuing weekend, we investigated the claims and negotiated a resolution that permitted our client’s new employee to begin working as CMO with very few and largely immaterial restrictions. Several months later, our client’s new CMO sued his former employer for failing to pay a bonus he had earned (we did not represent him); the former employer sent another threatening letter, this time accusing our client’s new CMO of recruiting some of its other senior scientists to join our client. We again investigated and responded strongly in writing and received no response or further action from the former employer.

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