Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Names Dan M. Forman as Chair of Unfair Competition and Trade S

Forman to spearhead group, furthering commitment to employers’ legal needs

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2015 – Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), a leading California labor, employment and immigration law firm today announced that Partner Dan M. Forman will lead CDF’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Practice Group. Forman’s new role adds to the firm’s successful practice of providing counseling and litigation services to California employers to protect and prosecute claims related to unfair competition and business practices. 

“California’s limit on the enforceability of non-compete agreements, as well as codified misappropriation of trade secret laws, create special challenges for California businesses,” said Forman. “CDF is uniquely poised to protect businesses’ crown jewels and secret sauce, despite the challenges set forth by the state.”

Forman will lead attorneys across the firm’s five California offices on trade secret and unfair competition issues. Forman has nearly 25 years of experience litigating on behalf of California’s businesses, along with more than a decade of experience in the developing field of trade secret litigation, where he has successfully prosecuted, and defended, complicated cases in litigation, arbitration, trial and on appeal.

“Dan’s expertise and our highly experienced group of attorneys are aligned with CDF’s longstanding track record for providing employers with targeted legal services to ensure the unique aspects – and materials – of their business are protected,” said Marie DiSante, firm managing partner. “With CDF’s exclusive focus on employment and labor law, our firm is uniquely situated to offer a wealth of knowledge that only years of trade secret experience can provide, and we’re proud to have Dan take us to that next level.” 

CDF’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Practice group’s broad experience provides litigation services to employers prosecuting and/or defending claims in California arising from:

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and other property
  • Unfair competition
  • Non-compete agreements (Covenants-not-to-compete)
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Copyrights and licensing issues
  • Intellectual property theft

Forman offers proactive counsel to employers to help keep their competitive advantage by protecting their trade secrets while minimizing litigation risks and costs. He also frequently speaks to high-level executives on this topic at regional and national conferences.

Forman, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, advances CDF’s dedication to guiding employers through the ever-evolving labor and employment legal landscape in California, as well as protecting them against unfounded charges. He works with experienced trade secret attorneys across CDF’s statewide offices to provide solutions for employers that desire to maintain their market position, protect confidential information and maintain steady workforces.

To contact Forman or learn more about the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Group, call (213) 612-6300 or visit

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For more than 20 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as a top employment, labor and immigration law firm in California, representing businesses in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. The firm employs 40 attorneys who own an exclusive focus on labor and employment issues affecting California businesses, and provide timely, cost-effective and knowledgeable solutions to protect employers’ time, dime and peace of mind.  

CDF was recognized by the Daily Journal as a 2014 Top Boutique Law Firm in the area of labor and employment law and as a 2015 top law firm by Orange County Business Journal. The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, and is a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project®. For more information,

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