Littler Mendelson has added a lateral attorney to its complex litigation and jury trials practice.
Linda Jackson, a former Venable partner and member the of firm's executive committee, joins Littler as a shareholder in its Washington office.
Jackson's practice focuses on whistleblower investigations, non-competition agreements, trade secret disputes and business competition issues. Her clients include government contractors, supermarket chains, airlines, law firms and child care services, among others. She brings experience arguing before the Eastern District of Virginia as well as state courts in Northern Virginia.
In an interview, Jackson said that she was attracted to Littler because the firm's focus matched that of her practice. She added that there has been lots of activity recently in the realm of whistleblower and non-compete disputes.
Jackson said the Virginia Supreme Court case of Home Paramount Pest Control Cos. v. Shaffer, which outlawed overly broad non-compete clauses, was not a break from the court's previous rulings.
"Many of us think that really the Home Paramount case didn't change anything, but it was a re-articulation of a standard," Jackson said. "They are a court to be watched in the next couple of years from a business sense."
Companies, she said, should also reevaluate their non-compete agreements to make sure that they are enforceable in light of the ruling.
"I have done a number of revisions for my clients over the last six months with that case in mind," Jackson said.