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Jim O’Brien and Andrew Kelly Author Trade Secrets Article for Orlando Inno

August 11, 2021

Jim O’Brien and Andrew Kelly have authored an article entitled "Protecting Your Trade Secrets from the Risks of Remote Working" for Orlando Inno, a multi-media platform launched in partnership with the Orlando Business Journal that covers headlines focused on innovation, technology and Central Florida startups.

The article addresses how a company can protect one of its most valuable assets—its trade secrets—in today’s work-from-home environment. It also discusses the protections available for protecting trade secrets under Florida law.

“The fact that a company may consider, and even advise employees, that certain information is ‘proprietary’ is not enough to ensure protection as a trade secret. Under FUTSA, the company must make reasonable efforts to keep the information a secret and prevent it from being disclosed to third parties.”

Read the Article: Protecting Your Trade Secrets from the Risks of Remote Working

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James O’Brien represents clients in the areas of technology products and services, aerospace and aviation, satcom and telecom, consumer electronics and goods, restaurant services, food distribution, entrepreneurial business, healthcarereal estate development and construction as well as in professional businesses and associations. Jim also has significant experience in global and domestic purchasing and supply chain agreements in a variety of industries including consumer goods, technology, satcom/telecom and the aerospace and aviation sectors.

Jim’s practice focuses on business and contract issues, negotiation, transactional matters, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Additionally, Jim represents entrepreneurial and startup businesses, and he handles entity formation and ownership agreements, commercial exploitation of proprietary concepts and products, domestic and international contracts and business transactions, corporate finance matters, contractual issues, and employment matters including non-competition and restrictive covenants.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim founded a boutique business and real estate firm in Melbourne. Before that, he spent ten years working as a business and transactional lawyer representing private and public companies in Daytona Beach and Melbourne.


Andrew Kelly is an attorney in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financing and other general corporate and securities matters.

Andrew also regularly works alongside the firm’s Real Estate Group, and he has experience working with clients on a wide range of real estate matters including real estate development, finance and transactions, condominiums, property owners’ associations, commercial leasing, commercial lending and title insurance.

Prior to attending law school, Andrew worked as an alternative investment wholesaler for CNL Securities Corp., providing counsel and support regarding various alternative investments to financial professionals.

Andrew is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and for the past two years , he has served as co-chair of the annual “Gator Bus Trip” event hosted by the Young Lawyers Section.

Andrew earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he competed as a member of the Environmental Moot Court Team and served as senior articles editor of the Florida Journal of International Law. He received his undergraduate degree in applied economics from The Florida State University. While there, he served as an intern for both the Florida Senate in Tallahassee and the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

When not practicing law, Andrew enjoys fishing and playing saxophone and keyboard in an Orlando-based band.

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