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Erik J. Winton

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Erik.Winton@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Erik J. Winton is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the firm's Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition practice group. His practice focuses on restrictive covenant drafting, counseling, litigation avoidance and litigation. He regularly provides valuable counsel to clients in New England and across the country regarding these issues.

Mr. Winton has extensive experience as a litigator, including successful first chair jury trial experience. He represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving discrimination claims based on race, sex, sexual preference, national origin, and disability; retaliation, whistle blowing, wage/hour claims and Department of Labor complaints; allegations of wrongful discharge and breach of contract under the common law; and claims for tortuous injury, such as defamation, infliction of emotional distress and interference with advantageous relations. Mr. Winton has prevailed on the vast majority of dispositive motions filed on his clients’ behalf, including several reported cases.

Mr. Winton’s practice emphasizes advising employers regarding how to comply with the full range of federal and state labor and employment laws. This includes advising clients on issues relating to disability and leave management, reductions in force, wage and hour laws and workplace safety. Mr. Winton also drafts and negotiates executive employment and severance agreements on behalf of both employers and executives.

Mr. Winton speaks frequently regarding employment law issues. He joined the firm in 2000 after five years as a litigator at Fitzhugh & Associates (now Fitzhugh & Mariani, LLP), a litigation boutique with offices in Boston and Hartford, Connecticut. While attending law school, he was on the staff of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.

Honors and Recognitions

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Published Works

  • "Non-Competition Agreements: How to Stop Sales People From Leaving With Your Customers," The Lumber Co-Operator (February/March 2001) [Co-Author]

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January 14, 2019
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Clifford Atlas and Erik Winton Discuss What Noncompete Attorneys Should Watch for in 2019

January 14, 2019

Clifford Atlas and Erik Winton discuss anticipated developments that lawyers who handle restrictive covenants need to know about for 2019 in "What Noncompete Lawyers Ought To Be Watching In 2019," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 24, 2018
The Center for Public Integrity

Erik Winton Comments on Implications of Massachusetts' Non-Compete Reform Law

October 24, 2018

Erik Winton comments on the implications of the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act of 2018 in "Noncompete clauses: They're not just for executives anymore," published by The Center for Public Integrity. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

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May 15, 2019

Does Massachusetts Non-Compete Law Restrict Access to Federal Court or Arbitration?

May 15, 2019

The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (Non-Compete Act) has yet to be tested, but its venue provision likely will come under special scrutiny. The venue provision governs the geographical location and forum in which a non-compete lawsuit may be maintained. Due to its apparent conflicts with federal law, the venue provision will... Read More

August 1, 2018

Massachusetts Legislature (Finally) Passes Non-Compete Law

August 1, 2018

The Massachusetts Legislature, at long last, has passed a bill regulating the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements in the private sector. Once “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” is signed by Governor Charlie Baker, it will take effect on October 1, 2018. The Legislature has attempted... Read More

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

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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

U.S. Senator Reignites Federal Non-Compete Reform Efforts With Bill Aimed At Protecting Low-Wage Employees
February 18, 2019

Last year, Democrats in the United States Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills — S.2782  and H.R.5631 — banning non-compete agreements in the vast majority of workplaces across the country. Read More