Associate Alex Domingue recently presented “LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN: A Discussion on the Prohibition of Non-Competition Agreements for Lawyers in Louisiana” CLE for the 21st JDC Bar Association’s annual meeting.
As Alex noted in his presentation, “With almost 24,000 licensed attorneys in Louisiana, one area of our state that is particularly regulated is a lawyer’s ability and freedom to practice. With such a large number of attorneys, and consequently, many large law firms, the movement of attorneys among firms can raise the issue of practice restrictions between a law firm and an individual attorney. Rule 5.6 of Louisiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct regulates this area. The rule provides that a lawyer cannot participate in a business arrangement that restricts another lawyer’s ability to practice after the termination of their relationship. The policy justification behind such an absolute rule is to ensure that lawyers can practice freely and that clients are not restricted in choosing which attorney will represent them. However, with no Louisiana Supreme Court ruling on this area, it is important for attorneys to understand what type of agreements may or may not violate Rule 5.6 when they are forming their employment agreements.”
Alex also presented this CLE for the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Summer CLE series in July.
About Alex Domingue
Alex Domingue’s areas of practice include the defense of employers and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and War Hazards Compensation Act. Alex was highly involved in student activities at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, including serving as the Student Bar Association Executive President and as a member of the Board of Advocates. “My law school experiences have instilled in me the desire to succeed at the highest levels in all aspects of my life. I will utilize this desire to ensure success for all of my clients.” More >