An Appellate Court in Tennessee recently held that a medical practice can enforce a medical noncompete agreement with a certified orthotist who took a job with a competitor due to the protectable interest that the practice had in the training that they provided to the employee who then acquired a specialized skill.  The Court also found that the practice had an interest in protecting the relationships it had with its patients and preventing the orthotist from taking them with him to the new practice.

This opinion shows the value of having a well written physician noncompete agreement, that specifically sets forth what the practice’s protectable interest is and has both sides agree that the practice has an interest in protecting the same.

Scott Leah