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Joseph E. Schuler

Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8332
F 703-483-8301


Joseph E. Schuler is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has litigated claims for breach of non-competition agreements, theft of trade secrets, and/or breach of the duty of loyalty in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Schuler recently represented a publicly-traded real estate trust in a breach of trade secrets action against a former employee and start-up competitor backed by a national real-estate firm, resulting in a settlement that provided the client with a mid-six figure recovery and a non-compete agreement. Mr. Schuler has guided companies through internal and external “whistleblower” investigations, and secured summary decisions in several claims litigated under the employee-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Mr. Schuler’s cases also include PADCO Advisors v. Omdahl, 179 F. Supp. 2d 600 (D. Md. 2002), in which he represented a former employee of a highly specialized mutual fund who left to work for one of two competitors nationwide, in alleged violation of a non-compete agreement specifically targeted at those two competitors, successfully defending against application of the "inevitable disclosure” doctrine under Maryland law and securing an order that permitted the employee to continue employment with his new employer subject to not soliciting former clients.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • The Bollinger Foundation (educational opportunities for children who have lost a parent), Secretary and Director

See AllBlog Posts by Joseph E. Schuler

Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act Prohibits Improper Acquisition of Trade Secrets, Regardless of Subsequent Use
October 13, 2017

Misappropriation of trade secrets claims can sometimes be difficult to sustain. While evidence of the taking of a trade secret may be available, evidence of its subsequent use may not.  In Integrated Global Services, Inc. v. Michael Mayo, Case No. Read More

CFTC Has Banner Year For Enforcement Actions in FY2016
February 3, 2017

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently released its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016.  In FY 2016, the CFTC filed 68 enforcement actions and obtained restitution, disgorgement and penalty orders totaling approximately $1.29 billion.  The CFTC collected and deposited at the U.S. Read More

Marginal Discovery Disallowed Because It Was Not Proportional To The Needs Of The Case
October 3, 2016

Under a ruling issued by a federal district court in Arizona (In re Bard IVC Filters Prods. Liab. Litig., 2016 BL 306366, D. Ariz., No. Read More