Edward L. Friedman regularly represents Fortune 300 companies in unfair competition, employee-raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets cases. He has extensive experience prosecuting noncompete covenants and unfair competition claims, and with obtaining injunctions to prevent employee raiding, unfair competition or the use or disclosure of trade secrets.
Drawing on his experience, he is able to assess his clients’ situations quickly and accurately and move forward with fine-tuned strategies. Ed is focused and aggressive in his prosecution, taking a targeted approach and proactively developing effective and efficient solutions.
- Obtained a favorable jury verdict in federal court for a medical device manufacturer in an age discrimination case in which a former highly compensated employee sued for approximately $1 million for alleged age discrimination. The judgment was affirmed on appeal.
- Obtained a favorable arbitration award finding no liability against the respondent, an occupational rehabilitation provider, in a dispute alleging breach of fiduciary duty and breach of nonsolicitation agreement. The arbitrator also awarded the defendant a sizeable attorneys’ fee award as the prevailing party.
- Represented a medical device manufacturer in more than 30 cases across the United States prosecuting and enforcing noncompete agreements and obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions, as well as defending the hiring practices of the company and defending against lawsuits seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages against the company and its former employees.
- Represented an electrical energy trader in state court before a jury in which it was alleged that the trader tortiously interfered with the company’s contracts, breached his fiduciary duty to the company and breached the nonsolicitation agreement. Successfully defended against a temporary restraining order and injunction being entered against the client. The case settled on the sixth day of trial.
- Represented a Spanish newspaper publishing company in enforcing a nonsolicitation agreement by a former account executive. Obtained a temporary restraining order that resulted in the settlement of the case.
- Represented a leading oil and gas exploration company in the separation and negotiation of a severance agreement with its United States general counsel.
- Represented a leading oil and gas exploration company in connection with whistleblowing complaints made by a former employee under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.
- Represented an international oil and gas exploration company in connection with the termination of key officers in the United States for plotting to form a competing company.
- Represented a leading onshore energy production company in connection with termination of employment and negotiation of severance agreements with several vice presidents and executive vice presidents.
- Negotiated and drafted executive compensation and employment agreements of the chief executive officer and president of a national trust company.
- Represented a national pump manufacturing company in connection with a former officer’s departure to a competing company. After extensive discovery and depositions, a settlement was reached.
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Houston Bar Association
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1987, cum laude
- B.S., Cornell University, 1984, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, cum laude
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
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