DawnMertineit

Partner

"My number one priority is helping my clients achieve their goals—whether that includes litigation, or avoiding it entirely."


More About Dawn

For more than a decade, Dawn has represented corporations and their directors and officers in a number of industries in complex commercial litigation, with special emphasis on noncompete and trade secrets litigation. She understands that many clients rely on noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements to protect their most valuable assets, while others face hurdles in recruiting and onboarding new employees bound by such restrictive covenants. Dawn brings her experience and knowledge of state and federal laws to help her clients navigate these issues, from drafting agreements and executing rollout and enforcement strategies, to analyzing competitor agreements and proposing recruitment and onboarding plans, and prosecuting or defending against claims related to breach of restrictive covenants or misappropriation of trade secrets.

Dawn represents clients in trade secret and noncompete matters in a number of jurisdictions. This cross-state knowledge is particularly critical, as states continue to pass new legislation relevant to restrictive covenants and trade secrets. As a frequent contributor to Seyfarth's award-winning Trading Secrets blog, Dawn remains current with new laws and key developments in this space, and provides clients with crucial updates about the laws that affect their businesses.

In addition to her experience litigating and advising clients on restrictive covenants and trade secrets matters, Dawn also litigates and arbitrates partnership, franchise, real estate, and other business disputes, and defends against whistleblower claims for major companies across industries. Dawn provides practical advice and creative solutions, which play a critical role in helping her clients navigate costly and time-consuming litigation with minimal disruption to their businesses. She also helps clients avoid litigation when desired, allowing them to focus on their businesses rather than litigation.

Dawn enjoys working at Seyfarth because it allows her to collaborate with attorneys she describes as "smart, hard-working, and down-to-earth"—and who also provide practical, efficient solutions to complex legal issues. She is also proud to be the Boston co-chair of the Seyfarth Women's Network, as well as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion team.

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

    Cum laude
    Honors in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration
    Journal of Science and Technology Law, managing editor
    Criminal Clinic student prosecutor

  • BA, Colby College

    Magna cum laude
    Distinction in French

  • Massachusetts
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • US Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts