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Pietro Deserio is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. He is a member of the Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Group and has represented clients in sensitive and significant trade secret and employment matters. 

Pietro litigates and counsels clients on matters involving employee movement between competitors, with a focus on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, which include:

  • Non-competition
  • Customer non-solicitation

  • Employee non-solicitation

  • Non-disclosure agreements

  • Confidentiality

  • Incentive compensation arrangements

  • Clawback and other remedial provisions

  • International enforcement issues

  • Judicial modification (blue-penciling) of agreements

Representative matters include:

  • The defense of two executives and a leading consulting firm in a non-compete/trade secret case involving issues of Chinese and Hong Kong law. The case settled after expedited discovery and two days of trial in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Assisting a Fortune 500 client in hiring a new CEO who was subject to a non-compete agreement with another company, doing so without litigation and after only a short cooling-off period.

Before joining Proskauer’s Labor and Employment group, Pietro gained valuable experience as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, where his practice included white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations. He also worked on complex commercial litigation matters at both the state and federal levels that included false advertising, contract and business torts, and insurance coverage. Pietro maintains an active pro bono practice, and has represented individuals charged with various misdemeanors and felonies He also has partnered with the Legal Aid Society to represent individuals seeking to file conditional sealing motions.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Pietro served in the State Counsel Division of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, as part of both the Litigation Bureau and the Sex Offender Management Bureau.

While at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Pietro completed an externship at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for which he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors in the Municipal Court Unit. In addition, he completed a dual-degree program with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Criminology, for which he was awarded a Master of Science degree.