Clifford R. Atlas

Clifford R. Atlas: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. (889 Attorneys)
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Clifford Atlas is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition Practice Group.

Mr. Atlas works extensively with clients in developing and drafting employment contracts and restrictive covenant agreements, and developing programs to best protect clients’ confidential business information. He has significant experience in prosecuting as well as defending actions involving breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding, misappropriation of confidential information, tortious interference with contract, unfair competition, and related business claims. Mr. Atlas also has assisted clients in employment issues arising from corporate transactions.

Additionally, Mr. Atlas handles all types of employment discrimination, harassment, disability, wrongful discharge, and related employment tort, contract, wage-hour and employee benefits claims. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Mr. Atlas has argued numerous appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Atlas joined Jackson Lewis in 1985.

Honors and Recognitions

•Lawyer’s Alliance for New York, Cornerstone Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services to Non-profits (2011)

In the News

January 14, 2019
Law 360

Clifford Atlas and Erik Winton Discuss What Noncompete Attorneys Should Watch for in 2019

Clifford Atlas and Erik Winton discuss anticipated developments that lawyers who handle restrictive covenants need to know about for 2019 in What Noncompete Lawyers Ought To Be Watching In 2019, published by Law360.Subscription may be required to view article

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...

December 14, 2017
HR Dive

Clifford Atlas Comments on Implications for Employers Utilizing Non-Compete Agreements

Clifford Atlas comments on implications for employers utilizing non-compete contracts and Garden Leave pay in Non-compete agreements: Retention tool or liability landmine? published by HR Dive.Subscription may be required to view article


March 2, 2018

Massachusetts Legislature Close to Deal on Non-Compete Law?

The Massachusetts Legislature, after a decade of attempts, may pass restrictions on the use of non-compete covenants in the Commonwealth.The co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Paul Brodeur, reportedly are optimistic that the Legislature is “closing in on a...

December 27, 2017

Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation - A Walk Through the ‘Garden’ ... Leave Provision

With the approaching New Year bringing the possible passage of non-compete legislation in Massachusetts, we examine here the “Garden Leave” provision included in several proposed bills. The proposed “Garden Leave Bills” attempt to limit the frequency of enforcement of non-compete agreements and require compensation to employees for any...

December 6, 2017

New Jersey Restrictive Covenant Bill Aims to Change the Landscape

Providing a private right of action and barring judicial modification are just two features of a bill that aims to severely limit the use of non-compete agreements in New Jersey.Over the past few years, academic and media reports have claimed that employers are abusing the use of restrictive covenant agreements to the detriment of...


Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
Delaware Court Grapples With Enforcement of Choice of Law Provisions in Restrictive Covenant Agreements
December 10, 2018

When implementing restrictive covenant agreements in their workforces, companies often grapple with how best to handle the wide variation in the law from one state to the other. One solution is to include a choice of law provision that calls for all agreements to be construed under the laws of a single state.

By Clifford R. Atlas, Erik J. Winton and Colin A. Thakkar

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
Antitrust Director Signals Heightened Focus On Deterring No-Poach Agreements In Healthcare Industry
July 17, 2018

As we have reported in previous articles, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has repeatedly reaffirmed its intent to criminally prosecute companies that restrict labor market competition through the use of unlawful no-poach and wage-fixing agreements.

By Conrad S. Kee, Clifford R. Atlas, Erik J. Winton and Colin A. Thakkar

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
Department Of Justice Fires Warning Shot Over Unlawful No-Poach Agreements
April 25, 2018

On April 3, 2018, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division settled an antitrust action against the world’s two largest rail equipment suppliers, accusing them of maintaining “naked” no-poaching agreements in violation of the Sherman Act (see Complaint and Consent Decree).

By Clifford R. Atlas and Colin A. Thakka

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212-545-4017  Phone
(212) 972-3213  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, A.B., Government, 1982
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986, New York and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 1987, New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Activities

•New York State Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law


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