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Partner Provides Insight into Ohio Board of Professional Conduct’s Advisory Opinion on Non-Compete Agreements for In-House Counsel


The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (“the Board”) issued an advisory opinion prohibiting in-house counsel from entering into an agreement that restricts their right to practice law after separation of employment. But in an interview with Corporate Counsel, Cleveland partner Jeffrey Smith cautions that the Board’s advisory opinion may, in fact, “have the impact of limiting the ability to work as corporate counsel at another company if that other position is both legal and business in nature.”

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