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Cease and Desist Letters

Have You Received A Threatening Letter From An Attorney Or A Former Employer?

A cease and desist letter is a letter threatening legal action if that person does not cease engaging in certain activities. In the world of non-compete agreements, cease and desist letters are often the first sign to the employee that a former employer may attempt to enforce the restrictive covenant. While cease and desist letters are most commonly sent by attorneys, employers and other parties may send a letter attempting to influence a former employee or otherwise threatening to sue the former employee.

How To Respond

Ideally, you should call an attorney as soon as you receive a cease and desist letter. Often times these matters can be highly time-sensitive and failure to properly respond within the given time-frame may lead the employer to commence legal proceedings. As such, an employment law attorney will often schedule for the employee to come in for a consultation meeting and to review the letter. If the attorney believes that legal action is imminent, he or she may advise that you file for certain protective orders in court to preserve your rights and even your current employment position.

Most often, however, an employment law attorney will advise that you bring in your employment records and files so that they can draft a letter in response to the cease and desist letter.

How Serious Should I Take This Matter?

Sometimes the employer or the employer or the employer's attorney is just seeking to scare you into complying with their demands. It is possible that the employer's attorney knows that they have no real argument before a court of law, but that it would be worth it to the employer to pay a small fee to send a threatening letter to scare the employee into thinking they have a case.

However, it is never advisable to simply dismiss a cease and desist letter as frivolous or without merit. You should contact an experienced employment law attorney to advise you about how to proceed in your particular circumstances.

Most employers are what legal professionals call 'repeat players'; they might have their own legal team or have been in court many times over the years of their existence. In either case, many times employers understand the strategy behind these early stages of litigation and pre-litigation. As such, the manner in which you handle these early communications can often have an impact on an employer's decision to continue down the path of legal action. It is therefore important that you proceed carefully, and it is highly recommended that you proceed at the close direction of your legal counsel.

Contact Our Office Today To Discuss The Implications Of Your Cease And Desist Letter

Contact Attorney Jason Finkes to schedule a consultation on your cease and desist letter as soon as you receive it. It is important to handle these matters in a timely fashion and to present to your former employer and its lawyers and to make clear that you have experienced legal counsel representing you. Call (314) 645-4100, fill out our simple contact form, or email us directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it