Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2003 (Revised April 2012)

Sheila Mason & Craig Shepherd


Describes a marketing executive and an engineer who are starting a company together. Each is still at his/her former employer, and each has signed a different employment agreement that, on paper, may prohibit soliciting customers or employees. Focuses on how individuals should think about leaving their employers in general and how these specific legal agreements may impact the situation. Includes issues dealing with venture capitalists, nondisclosure agreements, and selecting a lawyer.

Keywords: Resignation and Termination; Intellectual Property; Contracts; Legal Liability; Entrepreneurship; Ethics;


Roberts, Michael J., and Todd H Thedinga. "Sheila Mason & Craig Shepherd." Harvard Business School Case 803-095, February 2003. (Revised April 2012.)