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Legal Trends: Evolving Issues with NDAs and Noncompetes; What Employers Should Know

June 15, 2022

Catch up with the latest developments in Maryland and federal law and how they will affect employers. Our three expert panelists will discuss what you should do to protect your business, with a focus on non-disclosure agreements and noncompete agreements.


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Harriet E. Cooperman
Melissa Calhoon Jones
Harriet E. Cooperman
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
James Hammerschmidt
Paley Rothman
Melissa Calhoon Jones
Tydings & Rosenberg LLP

Harriet Cooperman is an accomplished results-oriented strategic labor and employment attorney with a proven record of success for a publicly and privately held businesses and non-profits in court, at the negotiation table, and with executive leadership and management teams. She works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and creative solutions to address challenges and to ensure legal compliance, while maintaining the highest level of integrity. She is nationally recognized for her labor and employment expertise and litigation skills.

Cooperman has litigated numerous labor and employment cases, both jury and non-jury, before courts and administrative agencies around the United States, covering a wide variety of issues, such as non-competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims and collective actions, employment torts and ERISA. In 2007, she appeared as an expert witness on Maryland restrictive covenant law before the High Court of Justice in London, England. Her opinions and analysis were cited by the Judge as being critical to his decision. She regularly provides advice and counsel to management clients on the broad array of labor and employment law issues.

Cooperman is the Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O’Malley and Larry Hogan.

Jim Hammerschmidt is Co-President of the Paley Rothman firm, Chair of the Employment Law group, and a member of its Litigation and Appellate Practice groups. His practice includes a range of commercial, corporate, and employment counseling and litigation, but his primary task is listening.

Hammerschmidt has extensive experience representing and counseling clients on employment law issues. He represents clients in federal and state court, as well as before agencies such as the EEOC, Department of Labor, and local and state human rights commissions and labor departments. He handles claims arising under Title VII, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Wage Payment and Collection Law, and Wage and Hour Law statutes, including class actions. He has extensive litigation experience on a wide range of employment issues, such as breach of contract, wrongful termination, trade secret claims, and noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements.

Hammerschmidt’s general civil litigation and appellate practice includes matters involving real estate, land development, breach of contract, trusts and estates, construction, shareholder disputes, business disputes, protection of trade secrets and confidential information among many others. His critical attention to detail and access to a strong litigation department puts clients at ease, knowing they are receiving high quality representation.

Melissa Calhoon Jones is chair of Tydings’ employment and labor law group and counsels small and medium-sized companies on labor, employment, and immigration matters. She also provides investigative services. A frequent speaker to trade associations and with more than two decades of experience in the field, Jones has established herself as an employment law authority for closely held Maryland businesses. She provides practical business minded guidance to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship.

In addition, Jones counsels employers on work authorization compliance issues, and assists eligible foreign nationals and employers with the process of obtaining employment-based, non-immigrant status and permanent residence status.

Jones is also an active member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide.

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