Gavin Nathaniel Johnson’s Answers

Gavin Nathaniel Johnson

Bellevue Business Attorney.

Contributor Level 12
  1. Non-compete was part of hiring process, fired after 2weeks, could I get out of noncompete?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander J. Higgins
    2. Howard Eugene Bundy
    3. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    You should sit down with an attorney and discuss your situation. Most attorneys offer a free consultation and would likely be able to give you at least a rough idea of what your rights and obligations are here.

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  2. If a term in a verbal agreement is breeched, is it enforceable?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    1 lawyer answer

    It seems like there are multiple issues here. First, you say "a friend took my rescue dog," which would imply that you own the dog. If this is the case, you are entitled to "take this dog back" since it is your property. There are legal avenues you can pursue in order to accomplish this. You should contact an attorney to discuss these avenues. Second, if the dog is co-owned by you and your friend, the situation is a bit more complicated. The answer to your initial question about enforcement...

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  3. Business question

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jordan K. Foster
    2. Amy R Pivetta Hoffman
    3. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answer. You should consult with an attorney as soon as you are able. It'd be best to review the contract you have in place (assuming you do) between you and the lady who hired you to complete the concrete job. The terms of the contract will dictate how reimbursement is to be collected if the services provided are not "up to par." Whenever you are "settling" a claim, you need to make sure and have everything in writing. If you both agree to settle for the $3,000, you...

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  4. How to form partnership?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Ronald J Cappuccio
    2. John Robert Pampell
    3. Samuel Watson Eastman
    4. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    4 lawyer answers

    There are a variety of considerations at play here and I strongly urge you to sit down with an attorney to discuss each of them. You will need to discuss and sort out the proper choice of entity for the company, the structure of the investment from the partner, the securities regulations associated with issuing equity to the investor, how expenses will be repaid to the investor (if at all), and the tax consequences associated with all of this. It would be wise for you to sort all of this...

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  5. How enforceable are non-compete agreement's (NCA) & non-solicitation agreement's (NSA) in Washington state?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Alexander J. Higgins
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. Jenna M Wolfe
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answer. As is the case with any contract, there must be consideration exchanged (i.e. something of legal value) between the parties. Promising to continue to employ you is not valid consideration in this context. However, receiving any sort of raise or bonus in exchange for signing the non-compete agreement is likely sufficient. In general, non-compete agreements are frowned upon in Washington state, as they restrict an individual's right to make a living. However,...

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  6. Copyright/Trademarks; Can an individual and or a web site simply advertise and use a name of a business without legal jeopardy?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Michael P Matesky II
    3. David Bremner Benoit
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5 lawyer answers

    The burden of enforcing trademark rights is on the owner of the trademark. The owner of the trademark is not required to enforce the rights and it is pretty typical for owners to allow others to advertise and use the trademark if it is in the best interest of the company. Long story short: if you want to stop someone from using your trademark, then ask them to. If you don't, then you don't need to do anything. You do not need to trademark your name in order to have certain trademark rights...

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  7. As a startup, how concerned should I be with IP initially? What is the average cost required for a patent?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Rasheed Mikal McWilliams
    2. Bruce E. Burdick
    3. Mario Sergio Golab
    4. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    5. Igor Shoiket
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answers. I'll also point out that there are simple steps you can take to protect your IP without breaking the bank. From drafting clear IP ownership and assignment clauses in your contracts to registering your trademarks with the USPTO, it is paramount for you to protect your company's IP, as it is likely the most valuable asset your company owns.

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  8. How do you find a lawyer to help you negotiate a non-compete when you have a job offer?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Alexander J. Higgins
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. Benjamin T G Nivison
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answer, and would reiterate that it is important to talk with an attorney to determine what issues are worth fighting for and discuss the consequences of entering the non-compete.

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  9. Execute stock repurchase without the CEO?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Lucas Seth Michels
    2. Keil A Larsen
    3. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    Anytime you are structuring a stock repurchase (or any other securities transaction) you should consult with a business attorney to advise on best practices. It will be well worth your time to talk all of this over with an attorney before moving forward.

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  10. Can I sign a new job contract before my current contract expires?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Sean Patrick Lewis
    3. Nancy Loukus Ballast
    3 lawyer answers

    Before you sign the new contract, sit down with an attorney and review your current contract to determine your rights and obligations. You may be restricted from signing the new contract until the prior one is terminated. Many attorneys offer free initial consultations. Feel free to contact our Tacoma office ((253) 666-6562) for a consult.

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