In a move that could dramatically alter the business of law in thestate, one of South Florida’s largest law firms is challenging theFlorida Bar’s ban on noncompete agreements for partners and associates.Becker & Poliakoff, a 70-lawyer firm based in Hollywood, filed suitlast week, asking a Broward Circuit judge to declare the Bar’s rules onemployment contracts unconstitutional. The 11-page suit culminates adecade-long fight between the Bar and Becker & Poliakoff, which hasbeen at the center of at least two disputes involving such employmentagreements.

The firm believes its position has been strengthened by a 1997 Floridaappeals court’s decision.

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