Brandon H. Elledge

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Brandon H. Elledge is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. Mr. Elledge practices in the areas of commercial litigation and employment counseling. He regularly appears before state and federal courts in and outside of Virginia on business- and employment-related disputes and has tried several cases first chair. Mr. Elledge's litigation practice includes, among other things, the representation of companies and government contractors seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and claims against employees and other parties, such as trade secret theft, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and computer-related offenses. Mr. Elledge also represents companies in the defense of such business tort and other intellectual property claims, as well as in the defense of alleged violations of non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.

Mr. Elledge represents businesses in a variety of disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and indemnity claims, breach of contract, breach of representations and warranties, corporate dissolution, fraud, defamation, and negligence. His counseling practice involves several aspects of employee hiring, movement and terminations. Based on this experience, Mr. Elledge further assists and advises companies with employment and potential litigation matters, such as the negotiation of executive employee agreements, covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants, the exempt/non-exempt (overtime) status of employees, and investigation of discrimination claims and charges.

Mr. Elledge is the professional responsibility partner for the firm's Tysons office. He also serves on the board of directors of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Defending entity against wrongful death and gross negligence claims
  • Obtaining dismissal of negligence and gross negligence claims against government contractor sued in toxic tort and asbestos action
  • Obtaining preliminary injunction in E.D. Va. against competitor and former officer of technology company due to violations of noncompete and nonsolicitation covenants
  • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice with zero payment for prime contractor client who was sued by subcontractor following client’s termination for default of the parties’ subcontract for claims of breach of contract, tortious interference with non-compete agreements, unjust enrichment, and business conspiracy seeking over $30 million in damages
  • Representing owners of government contractor in action involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conspiracy against co-owners and defending against dissolution counterclaim asserted by defendant co-owner
  • Representing government contractor in successfully removing defamatory and disparaging blogs and websites that were alleged to have been anonymously posted
  • Obtaining dismissal of former employee’s declaratory judgment action seeking to invalidate an insurance company’s non-compete and non-solicitation agreement
  • Representing government contractor in resolving a non-solicitation of customer dispute related to its hiring of a competitor’s senior employee
  • Representing group of sellers in defense of corporate buyer’s indemnity claim based on alleged breach of a representation and warranty provision in purchase agreement
  • Defeating government contractor’s motion for preliminary injunction concerning client’s alleged use of contractor’s proprietary data
  • Obtaining defense verdict in jury trial in favor of corporate and individual clients sued for $10 million on claims of conspiracy, defamation and tortious interference
  • Jury trial involving client sued for $36 million and defense of client against plaintiff's claims of civil conspiracy, and copyright and trademark infringement
  • Obtaining dismissal of former consultant's copyright infringement, computer crimes act and tortious interference claims
  • Obtaining summary judgment for technology firm on its $3 million breach of contract claim
  • Representing group of closely held companies in defense of minority shareholder's corporate and LLC dissolution claims
  • Obtaining jury verdict (including punitive damages and fee award) in excess of $1 million for client based on the defendants' misappropriation of trade secrets, computer crimes act violations, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy
  • Obtaining preliminary injunction against former employees of technology firm, which prohibited them from using the firm's proprietary information as a means to compete against the firm or solicit their clients
  • Obtaining defense verdict for client in a jury trial involving former employees' alleged "partial day docking" claim brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2016-2019 
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • Rising Star, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2013
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2011, 2012


  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Board of Directors, 2013-2017
  • Purcellville Lions Club Scholarship Trust Committee, 2014-2017