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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

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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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August 15, 2018
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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

August 14, 2018
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Erik Winton comments on Hiring Employees With Trade Secrets And Non-Competition Agreements

August 14, 2018

Erik Winton comments on the implications of hiring employees from competitors who have signed non-compete agreements and non-disclosure agreements in "They're Mine Now, The Ins and Outs of Hiring Away From Competitors," published by Systems Contractor News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 3, 2018
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Erik Winton Comments on Massachusetts Legislature Passing Non-Compete Reform Bill

August 3, 2018

Erik Winton comments on Massachusetts Legislature passing a bill regulating the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements in "Is the Mass. Non-Compete Reform A Compromise?" published by BostInno. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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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

January 9, 2018

New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont May Restrict Use of Non-Compete Agreements in Employment

January 9, 2018

Proposals to restrict the use of non-compete agreements in employment have been introduced in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. This appears to be the continuation of a trend that started nearly a year ago. On January 23, 2017, the Massachusetts Legislature introduced six separate bills seeking to curb employers’ use of non-... Read More

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Non-Compete Bill Into Law
August 10, 2018

Just before midnight on July 31, 2018, the last day of its legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a significant bill regulating the use of non-compete agreements in the Commonwealth.  Today, August 10, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed that bill into law. Read More

Massachusetts Non-Compete Law Reaches Governor’s Desk
August 3, 2018

Just before midnight on July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill regulating the use of non-compete agreements in the Commonwealth. This development is a long time coming, as the Legislature had been attempting for nearly a decade to create a non-compete law. Read More

Antitrust Director Signals Heightened Focus On Deterring No-Poach Agreements In Healthcare Industry
July 17, 2018

As we have reported in previous articles, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has repeatedly reaffirmed its intent to criminally prosecute companies that restrict labor market competition through the use of unlawful no-poach and wage-fixing agreements. Read More