Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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The legality of non-compete agreements

If you find yourself in a non-compete agreement dispute with an employer, it would often help to look at the situation from both sides. While many of these agreements are overly restrictive, that is not always the case. At Dale & Eke, we represent businesses and individuals alike in these types of cases. That provides valuable insight into the interests of both parties and their rights under Indiana law.

We understand that many of these disputes are emotionally charged. An entrepreneur or independent contractor feels completely justified in using his or her skills to make a living. A business owner may feel a sense of betrayal or a partial responsibility for the other party’s success. 

On one hand, it is obvious that most people involved with these types of disputes have invested a great deal of time and personal effort into the business they are pursuing. They may be well established in their area, and they may have taken many years of school to reach the professional position they hold. 

On the other hand, many companies also heavily invest in the success of their employees. Additionally, these organizations may also share sensitive information, such as client lists or trade secrets, in order to further their business interests. 

Although these two positions may seem irreconcilable, there is often a good deal of common ground. Furthermore, if you are able to understand both sides of the argument, it is much easier to grasp the opposition’s motivations and predict their actions.

There are many ways to solve these types of disputes. We find that, in most situations, preliminary negotiations clear up enough of the confusion in order to reach the settlement agreement. In other cases, it may be necessary for us to bring the matter to court. Here, we may contest the validity of a non-compete agreement, argue for the presence of unfair competition or establish the theft of trade secrets. Please continue on our main site to read more.