Seyfarth Events

Breakfast Briefing: Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets — Trade Secrets, IP and Your Employees


Cost: There is no cost to attend but registration is required and seating is limited.

Chicago Office

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 S. Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Breakfast & Registration:
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Significant recent developments in Illinois and other states, as well as Congress, have changed the landscape of trade secret and restrictive covenant enforcement and protection. Understanding the impact of these changes, and the tools now available to employers for trade secret and restrictive covenant enforcement and protection, will help a company safeguard its most valuable assets and maintain its competitive advantage over competitors.

Accordingly, please join us for a fast-paced and informative discussion on recent developments in restrictive covenant and trade secrets law, as well as “best practices” for protecting your company’s most valuable assets — trade secrets, intellectual property and employees.

The program will include a focus on key issues and practical responses, including:

  • A review and discussion of Fifield v. Premier — the recent Illinois Appellate decision that attempts to change longstanding Illinois law on the consideration that must be given to an employee in order to enforce a restrictive covenant. 
  • What to do when your new hire is bound by a restrictive covenant agreement.
  • Analysis of real-world situations where former employees have attempted to loot the company's employees and confidential information and take them to a competitor.
  • Methods to protect confidential information and intellectual property.
  • How to respond when employees leave or take trade secret information.


Seyfarth Shaw LLP is an approved provider of Illinois Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. This seminar is approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit. Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this briefing, the registrant must be present for the entire session.

If you have any questions, please contact and reference this event.