McGriff Insurance Services LLC is suing a former vice president it accuses of sending confidential information to his new employer before leaving for the competitor and recruiting McGriff employees and clients in violation of his employment agreement.
the trial, McGriff Insurance Services LLC v. Christopher Wilson, was filed in North Carolina State Court on March 7 before being transferred to US District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina, last week.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based McGriff charged in his lawsuit that the month before he left to become a vice president and partner at Macon, Georgia-based Sanford Insurance LLC in November 2022, he sent a 47-page confidential management package of reports containing detailed financial and performance data about the company̵7;s retail department to his wife’s personal email account.
The suit charged that during and after his employment with McGriff, he attempted to recruit McGriff employees to his new company, in violation of his January 2010 employment agreement with then-BB&T Insurance Services Inc.
It said that in the month following his departure from McGriff, the company received a message from 12 McGriff accounts serviced by Mr. Wilson, indicating that they ended their relationship with the broker and moved to Sanford.
Charges in the complaint include breach of contract, solicitation of customers and confidentiality; breach of duty and loyalty; misappropriation of trade secrets; and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
The complaint states that an attorney, writing on behalf of both Sanford and Mr. Wilson, has dismissed McGriff’s claims and denies any evidence of wrongdoing.
Mr. Wilson and his attorney did not respond to questions.