Todd has a niche practice focusing on employee departures and defections, including litigation of injunctions and trial work in non-compete, trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding and unfair competition cases.
His clients are companies and key employees seeking his experience and counsel in the retention and separation process. He routinely analyzes, drafts, and negotiates employment agreements and key employee retention and separation agreements. Todd has litigated more than 100 employee defection matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitrated employment cases before FINRA, the AAA, and JAMS. Todd served as lead defense counsel in one of the most significant broker defection cases ever arbitrated before FINRA and also as lead plaintiff’s counsel in one of the largest-ever trade secret misappropriation cases in North Carolina.
Todd has consistently been elected by his peers as a North Carolina Super Lawyer and has been named by Business North Carolina as one of its Legal Elite, as well as being regularly identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America for employment litigation. He has co-taught the Pre-Trial Litigation course at Duke Law School and he writes and presents frequently on employer/employee disputes involving departures and allegations of unfair competition by former employees. He has represented a number of lower-paid departed employees pro bono when they are threatened with non-compete litigation and has been recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association for his pro bono activities on behalf of non-profit entities.
Todd is a long-time resident of downtown Raleigh and an avid bluegrass music fan. He was formerly an NCAA Division III lacrosse player and regularly loses money playing golf. He maintains a home library dedicated to periodicals and original texts of libertarian history and philosophy.