Placement Professionals


Today I have the privilege of speaking to the DFW Texas Recruiters Network. Over the years I have had the privilege of representing placement professionals in a number of circumstances.  Some tips:

  1. Make sure your engagement agreements/contracts make sense and are enforceable;
  2. Remember that non-competes and non-solicitation agreements in Texas can be enforceable;


The Case

The Fifth Circuit affirmed the opinion of a magistrate judge in the Southern District of Texas that found a law firm owed a search firm for the introduction of a group of lawyers the firm hired. Essentially, the search firm made the initial introduction, but a deal was not reached until


A recent case filed in Dallas provides some guidance for recruiters, especially when they recruit lawyers. Lawyer Chris Gilbert sued recruiter Diane Caldwell, the recruiter who convinced him to move from Nashville to Dallas and work for Patton Boggs as a partner. The petition asserts claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and breach of contract.


Today I have the privilege of speaking to the DFW Texas Recruiters Network.  Below are some resources and previous writings placement professionals might find of use:


Minnesota based TEKsystems Inc. sued three former employees for violating non-compete and non-solicit agreements.  TEKSystems is in the technical recruiting business and it claims one of the former employees was contacting its contract employees.  The complaint alleges Defendant Brelyn Hammernik used LinkedIn to solicit these employees:

For example, Hammernik has communicated with at least 20 of TEKsystems’

Chances are you or someone you know is on Facebook, MySpace, or LinkedIn. Google yourself and you’ll probably see a LinkedIn or Facebook biography. Potential employers and recruiters will see the same information during the hiring process.

When I prepare for a deposition I always do basic Internet research on a witness. It’s probably

Picking up on the Company A/Jordan James dispute, Company A successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against James. The Court ordered James not to engage in any placement work and return all Company A documents in her possession. Furthermore, the Court ordered Company A to post a $5000 bond and set the preliminary injunction for

Picking up on last week’s entry, Company A has decided it will file a lawsuit against Jordan James in Dallas district court and seek a temporary restraining order (“TRO”). A TRO typically precedes a temporary injunction, but the grounds for relief are largely the same. Most TROs or injunctions are prohibitory in nature, meaning they