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Clifford R. Atlas

Principal
New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4017
F 212-972-3213
Clifford.Atlas@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Clifford Atlas is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition Practice Group.

Mr. Atlas works extensively with clients in developing and drafting employment contracts and restrictive covenant agreements, and developing programs to best protect clients’ confidential business information. He has significant experience in prosecuting as well as defending actions involving breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding, misappropriation of confidential information, tortious interference with contract, unfair competition, and related business claims. Mr. Atlas also has assisted clients in employment issues arising from corporate transactions.

Additionally, Mr. Atlas handles all types of employment discrimination, harassment, disability, wrongful discharge, and related employment tort, contract, wage-hour and employee benefits claims. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Mr. Atlas has argued numerous appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Atlas joined Jackson Lewis in 1985.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Lawyer’s Alliance for New York, Cornerstone Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services to Non-profits (2011)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • New York State Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law

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November 18, 2019
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Clifford Atlas Comments on Implications of State Attorneys General Attempting to Ban Non-Compete Agreements

November 18, 2019

Clifford Atlas comments on the implications of several state Attorneys General calling on the FTC to classify non-compete agreements for low-wage workers and those without negotiated noncompete clauses as an "unfair method of competition" and illegal under the FTC Act in "State AGs Call On FTC To Ban 'Abusive' Noncompetes,"... Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

July 16, 2019
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Clifford Atlas Discusses the Implications of Lawmakers Targeting Noncompete Agreements

July 16, 2019

Clifford Atlas discusses the implications of states proposing and in some cases adopting limits on noncompetes in "State Lawmakers Target Noncompetes, But 'Sky Isn't Falling,'" published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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March 2, 2018

Massachusetts Legislature Close to Deal on Non-Compete Law?

March 2, 2018

The Massachusetts Legislature, after a decade of attempts, may pass restrictions on the use of non-compete covenants in the Commonwealth. The co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Paul Brodeur, reportedly are optimistic that the Legislature is “closing in on a... Read More

December 27, 2017

Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation – A Walk Through the ‘Garden’ … Leave Provision

December 27, 2017

With the approaching New Year bringing the possible passage of non-compete legislation in Massachusetts, we examine here the “Garden Leave” provision included in several proposed bills. The proposed “Garden Leave Bills” attempt to limit the frequency of enforcement of non-compete agreements and require compensation to employees for any... Read More

December 6, 2017

New Jersey Restrictive Covenant Bill Aims to Change the Landscape

December 6, 2017

Providing a private right of action and barring judicial modification are just two features of a bill that aims to severely limit the use of non-compete agreements in New Jersey. Over the past few years, academic and media reports have claimed that employers are abusing the use of restrictive covenant agreements to the detriment of... Read More

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Court Rejects Delaware Choice of Law Provision in Refusing to Enforce Customer Non-Solicitation Covenant Against California Employee
September 9, 2019

On August 26, 2019, the Delaware Chancery Court invalidated a California employee’s customer and employee non-solicitation covenant on the grounds that it violated California law. Read More

Utah Amends Three-Year-Old Non-Compete Law For Second Time In Two Years
March 26, 2019

After enacting its non-compete law on April 7, 2016, Utah has twice amended the law to address additional restrictions on non-competes in the broadcasting industry. Governor Gary Herbert signed the second of those amended bills on March 22, 2019. Read More

U.S. Senators Seek Formal Investigation Of Non-Compete Use And Impact
March 25, 2019

Earlier this month, a group of six United States Senators made a joint request for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the impact of non-compete agreements on workers and the U.S. economy as a whole. This action suggests that the federal non-compete reform effort is not going away. Read More