Employment Contracts 

We bring 30+ years of experience to every case we handle in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. We take the time needed to understand your unique situation and provide solutions individually tailored to you. We will help you understand your rights and options, walk you through the entire legal process and protect your interests aggressively.

Noncompete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants

In most cases, noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants come in the form of boilerplate contractual language intended to protect employers against their employees leaving their companies to capitalize on their skills, training, knowledge and development contacts. Although this makes sense from a company point of view, it begs the question: Who is protecting you, the employee?

Whether you are facing a noncompete clause in a contract for a new job or looking to throw off a restrictive covenant in order to further your own career goals, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can protect your interests throughout the process.

We provide a range of employment law services in this regard, including:

  • Contracts: Although the language might be boilerplate in an employment contract, we can often negotiate with employers to make these terms more favorable for your future. We offer negotiation, drafting, and review of contractual noncompete language in employment contracts.
  • Modification: Even if you have signed a contract with a noncompete clause and have been working for the company for years, there is a chance that we can negotiate a modification of the contract’s terms with your employer.
  • Litigation: If you feel your contract is unfair and unnecessarily restrictive to your future, we can litigate to get you out of the contract if necessary.

If you are concerned about a noncompete clause, we might be able to help you. Do not wait to talk with an attorney. We offer free initial consultations, so there is no risk in talking with us.


When you’re ready to call, we’re ready to help. Reach us at 703-836-9030, or contact us here.

Employment Law Attorney

Andrea Downing

Andrea Downing is an associate at Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC, practicing employment law. Ms. Downing represents clients with employment law issues in federal and state courts, as well as in the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.


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