Linda K. Stevens

About the Author

Linda K. Stevens is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Schiff Hardin LLP. Her practice encompasses the drafting and enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and the resolution – both in court and outside of court -- of disputes regarding non-competes and confidential information. Contact her at

Beware the Outdated Form: Updating Older Non-Compete Agreements

By Linda K. Stevens Non-compete covenants appear in an increasing number of employment-related contracts. The language used in these covenants has become familiar, and many view it as “boilerplate.” Indeed, most HR departments use standard forms or templates when a non-compete or non-disclosure covenant is needed. Unfortunately, such forms often contain dated language,…