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Michael P. Elkon

Partner, Atlanta
t: 404.240.5849
c: 404.402.5438
f: 404.240.4249


Michael Elkon is a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Taskforce, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys dedicated to advising employers on the many workplace law aspects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Michael is a member of the firm’s Essential Business Taskforce and the SBA Loan Team. The Essential Business Taskforce is dedicated to assisting businesses impacted by shelter-in-place or shutdown orders, ensuring their doors stay open where possible in the face of government orders, and the SBA Loan Team is dedicated to advising employers on the inner workings of the complex CARES Act loan process during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Elkon is a partner in the Atlanta office. He helps companies recruit talent from competitors in a legal fashion and ensures that former employees do not exploit companies' key information and relationships.

Michael has significant experience in providing advice and handling litigation relating to covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure provisions, employee raiding, trade secrets, the duty of loyalty, deceptive trade practices under state and federal law, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA), and state computer protection statutes.

Michael has successfully litigated dozens of employee defection and recruitment matters in numerous state and federal courts. In addition to litigating, Michael drafts restrictive covenants for numerous different types of agreements and counsels clients on protecting their confidential information and customer relationships, as well as recruiting talent.

Michael also advises clients and handles litigation regarding a bevy of other employment laws, including Title VII, Section 1981, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and state assault and battery laws.

Michael has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars or Georgia Super Lawyers every year since 2010. He also worked with the Georgia Legislature and appeared before its Judiciary Committee regarding the  Georgia non-compete statute (HB 173) in the 2009 Legislative Session.



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Working with Contractors: Enjoying the Upsides, Avoiding the Downsides of Outsourcing Work"
    LexisNexis Webinar
  • "Employee Defection: Guidance for Limiting the Competitive Damage Both Before & After It Happens "
  • "Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants"
    Presentation at Georgia Tech
    January, 2014 
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships and Talent"
    Discover Staffing Webinar
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships and Talent"
    Cobb County HR Academy 
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships and Talent"
    Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy
  • "How to Keep Your Employees Informed and Calm In the Event of a Crisis"
    Emergency Management
    Bootcamp Webinar
  • "Non-compete agreements"
    Experience Pros Radio Show
  • "E-Data: How To Protect Your Organization’s Most Precious Electronic Information"
  • "Protecting Your Key  Information and Relationships Atlanta Employers Commission"
  • "Using Executive Agreements To Protect Your Key Information And Relationships"
  • One Day, Many Solutions - Employment Law Coast-to-Coast
    "E-Verify and I-9 Requirements  and Georgia’s Non-Compete Statute" 
    March  2013
  • "How to Keep Your Employees Informed and Calm In the Event of a Crisis"
    Emergency Management Bootcamp
  • "Workplace Bullying: the Legal Perspective"  
    Atlanta Employers Committee
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships & Talent" 
    Clayton County Employers Commission
  • "Employment & Trade Secret Issues Arising Out Of Social Media" 
    Midtown SHRM
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships & Talent"
    Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce
  • "How to Keep Your Employees Informed And Calm In The Event of a Crisis" 
    BLR Webinar
  • "Best Practices For Employing Reasonable Means To Protect Trade Secrets" 
    Georgia State University Corporate IP Institute
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information, Key Relationships & Talent"
    Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
  • "Five Things Employers Can Do To Reduce Exposure To Unemployment Liability"
    Polk/Haralson County Employers Commission
  • "Not An Exact Science: How To Draft & Litigate Under Georgia's New Non-Compete Regime"
    Cobb County CLE 
  • ""How To" for Georgia's New Restrictive Covenant Law"
    Cobb County Bar Association
  • "This One Goes To 11:  Differences Between Georgia's Old & New Non-Compete Regime"
    Firm Webinar
  • "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act"
    Firm Webinar
    January 2010
  • "Georgia Non-Compete Law: Where We Are And Where We Are Going"
    Association of Corporate Counsel
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information"
    Firm Breakfast Briefing
  • "Immigration Workplace Compliance In The Construction World"
    Firm Breakfast Briefing
  • "Protecting Your Confidential Information And Customer Relationships"
    The Resource Institute


  • "Best Practices for Restrictive Covenant Agreements When Employees Leave"
  • "Non-Compete Agreements: What Are They? Who Should Sign Them? Why Would You Use Them?"
    Hotel Business Review 
  • "Bridging the Value Gap"
    Modern Distribution Management 
  • "Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information Provisions: An Ounce of Prevention"
    Corporate Compliance Insights
  • "Get There First With the Most: The Importance of Venue In Non-Compete Disputes," LexisNexis In-House Advisory
  • "Why Don’t Non-Compete Agreements Seem to Apply to Football Coaches?"
  • "Georgia Gets Competitive" 
    Georgia Bar Journal
    December 2009
  • "Georgia’s New Non-Compete Statute and Its Potential Effect on Technology Companies" 
    Georgia Journal of Technology Law

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