David Masselli
4113 Lee Highway | Arlington, Va. | 703.741.0402

David Masselli

Confidentiality and Trade Secrets




There are few areas of the law in greater flux than the protection of confidential information and trade secrets. Federal and state laws are changing every year and the courts keep redrawing the boundaries.


You need to know the legal steps you must take to safeguard confidential information and trade secrets. You need to be advised on your rights if you believe someone has misappropriated confidential information. You need someone who can enforce your rights quickly and effectively.


Both employers and employees need help navigating the changing rules governing confidential information and covenants not to compete. Write an employment contract forbidding employees to work anywhere else for five years and you might discover it's not worth the paper it's written on. I can show you what you can do and what you shouldn't do.


Not all trade secret litigaiton is against malfactors. Sometimes startups and new entrants find themselves facing menacing lawsuits designed to put them out of business or force "revenue sharing" even when they haven't misused another's intellectual property or trade secrets. Generally such suits have large companies and law firms on one side and a small company on the other. You need someone with a proven track record in helping the "Davids" of the world beat Goliath.