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The Anatomy of a Trade Secret Audit

August 29, 2018

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The risk of trade secret theft to businesses has increased in recent years, with greater employee mobility between companies, the alarming frequency of targeted data theft attacks, and the explosion of social media and cloud computing. Companies cannot simply react to these real business risks to their data after the data is compromised. By then, it’s too late.

To address these recurrent issues, Seyfarth Shaw helps clients protect their important assets and effectively manage risk by conducting trade secret audits. Experience has shown that companies gain tremendous value by taking a proactive, systematic approach to assessing and protecting their trade secret portfolios through a trade secret audit. In this webinar, Seyfarth Shaw attorneys Kate Perrelli, Dawn Mertineit, and Justin Beyer will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying trade secrets and secrecy protections
  • Effective secrecy protections, including employment and non-compete agreements
  • Effective hiring and termination protocols, including effective exit interviews and termination protocols
  • Employing a comprehensive approach and trade secret protection plan
  • Managing and working to protect computer-stored data, including responding to emergency issues related to computer fraud and security breaches

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9:00 ET, 14:00 GMT, 15:00 CET, 18:30 IST, 23:00 AEST

Kate Perrelli is a partner in the firm’s Boston office and Chair of Seyfarth’s national Litigation Department. She is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience representing regional, national, and international corporations in the financial services, transportation, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, and staffing industries. Her commercial practice focuses on trial work and counseling in the areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and complex commercial disputes. Her experience spans all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, as well as litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies across the country. On the employment side, Ms. Perrelli’s practice focuses on trial work and counseling regarding employer compliance with the ADA, ADEA, Title VII and all other state and governmental laws affecting employers.


Dawn Mertineit is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, primarily representing corporations and their directors and officers in all stages of litigation. Ms. Mertineit specializes in non-compete and trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, from pre-litigation counseling through to judgment or settlement, as well as advising her clients on their non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants. Ms. Mertineit also has experience litigating a variety of employment actions, franchise disputes, partnership disputes, banking and finance matters, real estate disputes, and various tort actions. Her clients include major national and international employers, including franchisors, staffing firms, technology companies, banking institutions, real estate holding companies, manufacturers, supermarkets, and various other business ventures.


Justin Beyer is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Beyer focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, complex commercial litigation, and trade secrets, including seeking and defending against injunctive relief based on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-competition agreements.
Mr. Beyer has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the agricultural, banking, construction, food processing equipment manufacturing, general manufacturing, healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, real estate development, and transportation industries. Mr. Beyer also has substantial experience defending manufacturers in cases involving asbestos.