PHYSICIAN NON-COMPETE LAWYER IN MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON, D.C.
David M. Briglia
Attorney At Law
Admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia
10125 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Covenants not to compete (sometimes called "non-competition" or "non-compete" agreements) that prohibit an employed doctor from practicing medicine in a particular geographic area for a period of time after his or her employment ends are used by employers throughout the healthcare industry—sometimes for little or no legitimate business reason.
Restrictive covenants (including non-solicitation clauses that prohibit a physician from contacting patients for a period of time after employment) that are over-broad can harm a physician’s career. They can bind you to an exploitative employment situation, limiting your lifetime earnings potential. They can negatively impact the lives of your spouse and children by forcing you to move out of a community in which you have put down roots, simply for wanting a new employment opportunity.
Courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia are willing to enforce these contractual provisions so long as they are “reasonable.” But what a court will deem reasonable depends on the facts and circumstances of each case, and can be difficult to predict in advance. Legal advice is essential—especially at the time you are negotiating an employment contract.
The Law Office of David M. Briglia represents physician-employees and other healthcare professionals in Maryland and the District of Columbia in: