For more than a decade, Dawn Mertineit has represented corporations and their directors and officers in a number of industries in complex commercial litigation, with special emphasis on noncompete and trade secrets litigation. She understands that many clients rely on noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements to protect their most valuable assets, while others face hurdles in recruiting and onboarding new employees bound by such restrictive covenants. Dawn brings her experience and knowledge of state and federal laws to help her clients navigate these issues, from drafting agreements and executing rollout and enforcement strategies, to analyzing competitor agreements and proposing recruitment and onboarding plans, and prosecuting or defending against claims related to breach of restrictive covenants or misappropriation of trade secrets.
Dawn represents clients in trade secret and noncompete matters in a number of jurisdictions. This cross-state knowledge is particularly critical, as states continue to pass new legislation relevant to restrictive covenants and trade secrets. As a frequent contributor to Seyfarth's award-winning Trading Secrets blog, Dawn remains current with new laws and key developments in this space, and provides clients with crucial updates about the laws that affect their businesses.
In addition to her experience litigating and advising clients on restrictive covenants and trade secrets matters, Dawn also litigates and arbitrates partnership, franchise, real estate, and other business disputes, and defends against whistleblower claims for major companies across industries. Dawn provides practical advice and creative solutions, which play a critical role in helping her clients navigate costly and time-consuming litigation with minimal disruption to their businesses. She also helps clients avoid litigation when desired, allowing them to focus on their businesses rather than litigation.
Dawn enjoys working at Seyfarth because it allows her to collaborate with attorneys she describes as "smart, hard-working, and down-to-earth"—and who also provide practical, efficient solutions to complex legal issues. She is also proud to be the Boston co-chair of the Seyfarth Women's Network, as well as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion team.
Robert B. Milligan
Robert B. Milligan represents clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. Robert's practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and other intellectual property theft, franchise litigation, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, consumer and employee class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower and SOX cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. His practice focuses on trade secret, noncompete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform.
His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings. Robert also provides advice to clients concerning a variety of business and employment matters, including nondisclosure, noncompete, and invention assignment agreements, corporate investigations, trade secret and intellectual property audits, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, and an assortment of franchise and bankruptcy issues.
Robert was listed in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Intellectual Property and Business Litigation (Thomson Reuters) (2009, 2013-2016). He also served as a contributing editor of Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California and is an author of chapters in Continuing Education of the Bar's Trade Secrets Practice in California. He is also the editor of Seyfarth's Trade Secret blog, www.tradesecretslaw.com, and was recognized by The Legal 500 (Legalese Ltd.) for the firm's trade secret practice (2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2019).
Robert serves as a member of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section Executive Committee, chair of the Section's Trade Secrets Interest Group, and as a chair of the Intellectual Property Committee for the ITechLaw Association. He also serves as chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section's Trade Secrets and Tortious Interference Committee.
He served as a judicial extern for the Superior Court of Yolo County, Civil Law Division and the Honorable Christopher M. Klein of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California.