Ohio Board Tells In-House Attys Noncompetes Unethical

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 4:34 PM EST) -- The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued an opinion that in-house attorneys cannot sign noncompete agreements that would restrict their practice of law after leaving the company they work for, saying that such an arrangement would both violate state ethics rules and be against the public interest.

Under state ethics rules, the board advised on Feb. 7, attorneys should not sign noncompetes that would apply to their legal services. But the board said attorneys could ethically agree to limit their nonlegal work.

"Lawyers occasionally are hired by businesses in positions providing a combination of both legal and business services," the...

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