Understanding and Evaluating Associateship Opportunities
Restrictive Covenant

Course Author(s): David G. Dunning, MA, PhD;Robert D. Madden, DDS, MBA

Restrictive Covenant

  1. Are restrictive covenants enforceable within your state? If so, what is considered “reasonable” in terms of: solicitation of patients, staff; length of time and geographical distance?
  2. It is strongly recommended for both the associate and the owner-dentist that a restrictive covenant begin AFTER a “waiting period” of 60-90 days after the associateship begins working.18 This way the associate and owner have an “out” if the associateship position is not meeting expectations of either party.