Attorney Christopher Lonn

TRADE SECRETS AND CUSTOMER LISTS

An Arizona employer was unable to protect the confidentiality of its customer list, because it failed to present any evidence that the list was worthy of trade secret protection.  A customer list may qualify as a trade secret when the list contains valuable customer information that the company reasonably attempts to keep secret, such as …

Construction Law – Classifying Employees as Owners

In an effort to reduce employee-related costs (e.g., payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation), some companies in the construction industry have devised a new classification of worker as an alternative to employee and independent contractor. The new “other than” employee classification: owner. While the notion of misclassifying workers as owners – who would receive …

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

In many of the construction disputes I handle on a regular basis, the issue that presents itself most often is that of the change order. I have seen this issue arise in construction contracts of different types. The origin of the problem is usually a poorly drafted construction contract. A competent construction contract must be carefully thought …

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS IN ARIZONA

Non-competition agreements are frequently the subject of phone calls that I receive from employees looking to leave their employment and from employers who are concerned about employees leaving their employment for the purpose of competing with the business entity. From both sides, these are valid concerns. Arizona law, like many other states, is trying to …

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

The purpose of this article is to provide some useful information to guide you when entering into a contract for construction.  Every contract between a contractor and a property owner for services of $1,000 or more must be written and must contain certain information, as set forth in A.R.S. § 32-1158(B).  The required information is: …