"Professional Exemptions" To Non-Compete Agreements In Alabama
By William Stewart and Robert McKnight, Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC
“There are multitudes of businesses, but few professions.” So declared the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals in a decision from 1980.
Generally speaking, professionals are exempt from the acceptable restraints of non-compete agreements as governed by Alabama’s restrictive covenant law. Yet who counts as a professional in the state?