Editor’s note: Greg Norman dropped this lawsuit on April 15, 2016, according to court records.
As pro golfers gather this week in Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic, former golf great Greg Norman teed up for a far different kind of battle.
In court papers filed Tuesday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the World Golf Hall of Fame member sued his longtime corporate lawyer Jack Schneider, claiming the attorney stole trade secrets before he was fired on Feb. 8.
Norman, who named his diverse West Palm Beach-based company, Great White Shark Enterprises, after the nickname he earned for his tenacity on the links, is seeking an injunction against Schneider to prevent him from using any of the information.
The 61-year-old Australian-born golfer-turned-businessman, who recently put his sprawling estate in Hobe Sound on the market for $55 million, is also seeking an unspecified amount in damages from Schneider.
In addition to “copying and deleting proprietary, confidential and trade secret information,” Schneider damaged company computer equipment when removing the hard drives, according to the lawsuit filed by Boca Raton attorney Erika Deutsch Rotbart.
Schneider, who lives in suburban Lake Worth, wasn’t immediately available for comment. After working for Norman’s company for 14 years as both its general counsel and chief financial officer, he was fired for “blatant disregard of his duties to (Great White Shark Enterprises), insubordination … among other gross failures,” according to the lawsuit.
Formed more than 20 years ago, Great White Shark Enterprises includes golf course design, event management, apparel, wine and, most recently, asset-based debt lending.