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Q&A with Andrew Smulian of Akerman
by / on 12/11/2017 at 20:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Q&A with Andrew Smulian of Akerman

A Q&A with Advisory Board member Andrew Smulian at Akerman. What is your typical day like? There are three or four components that make up the different activities in my day. One is to deal with firm strategy, which has various aspects. The second is driving growth: growth in geographical terms, growth in practice area terms, furtherance of our client work, […]

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Renewable Energy Projects Meet an Unlikely Opponent: Environmentalists
by / on 07/11/2017 at 13:50 / in Best Lawyers®

Renewable Energy Projects Meet an Unlikely Opponent: Environmentalists

One of the hottest areas in the energy sector has been renewable energy development. Producers have found ways to increase efficiency for renewable energy production, prices for equipment continue to fall, and state and federal incentives continue to bolster the burgeoning industry. Even the recent decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Accord has done little to […]

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New European Unitary Patent Is Not-So-Wonderful
by / on 17/10/2017 at 08:00 / in Best Lawyers®

New European Unitary Patent Is Not-So-Wonderful

The European Patent Office announced on December 11, 2012, that it welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of regulations creating the “unitary patent” and a Unified Patent Court, according to the vision of the founding fathers of the EPO to create a truly “supranational patent system,” strengthening Europe’s competitiveness. One of the regulations created a “European patent with unitary effect” for […]

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Look for Carrots to Promote Diversity
by / on 02/10/2017 at 10:45 / in Best Lawyers®

Look for Carrots to Promote Diversity

Over the last several months, there have been numerous articles and several presentations with the same message: American corporations’ and law firms’ considerable efforts to achieve and sustain a diverse workforce have not realized their hoped-for results. In fact, the representation of women and minorities in leadership positions has decreased over recent years. While there is no simple explanation, it […]

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Taylor English Duma Sees Immense Success through Its Remote Lawyers
by / on 07/09/2017 at 10:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Taylor English Duma Sees Immense Success through Its Remote Lawyers

Taylor English Duma is breaking the mold of what most people imagine a law firm to be by having lawyers work remotely from their homes. Remote work has increased in almost all job settings within recent years and concepts of what makes a “traditional” workplace have changed drastically. In fact, according to a Gallup study conducted in 2016, 43 percent of people (out […]

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The Birth and Evolution of the 360 Deal
by / on 28/08/2017 at 16:05 / in Best Lawyers®

The Birth and Evolution of the 360 Deal

According to Jeff Hanson, head of  Silent Majority Group, the first new artist 360 deal was created by him, along with attorneys Jim Zumwalt, Kent Marcus, and Jim’s partner Orville Almon in 2004. It was submitted to Atlantic Records for the rock band Paramore. In the music industry, a 360 deal is a business relationship between an artist and a music industry company, primarily record […]

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The Past, Present, and Future of Data Privacy
by / on 04/07/2017 at 09:00 / in Best Lawyers®

The Past, Present, and Future of Data Privacy

It is always important to remember that our world is largely the result of fortunate accidents.  The oxygenated world in which complex life could evolve didn’t occur until halfway through Earth’s recorded history (and was merely a consequence, a waste product, of the conversion of sunlight into food for cyanobacteria through photosynthesis). Mammals didn’t thrive until the great Chicxulub impact […]

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A Conversation with Jacques-Philippe Gunther of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, France 2018 “Law Firm of the Year” / Antitrust Law
by / on 21/06/2017 at 11:00 / in Best Lawyers®

A Conversation with Jacques-Philippe Gunther of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, France 2018 “Law Firm of the Year” / Antitrust Law

Best Lawyers: Before we get started, I would like to congratulate you on being named the Paris Competition / Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year” this year, and on the firm being named “Law Firm of the Year” in the same area of practice. Lots of things to celebrate for the firm and also for yourself, so congratulations.  Jacques-Philippe Gunther: […]

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United We Stand—But Lawfully
by / on 07/06/2017 at 12:00 / in Best Lawyers®

United We Stand—But Lawfully

Several developments in the last year have reshaped regulation of trade union conduct under the Australian workplace law. Policy Measures: Increased Scrutiny on Trade Union Conduct On the policy front, the current conservative government has implemented three measures addressing unlawful behavior by unions and their members. The measures address the findings of former High Court Justice John Dyson Heydon AC […]

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Sex, Gender, and Stereotypes
by / on 28/04/2017 at 12:30 / in Best Lawyers®

Sex, Gender, and Stereotypes

Last August, in a case called Winstead v. Lafayette Board of County Commissioners, the federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida held that an employee who was discriminated against for being gay could sue her employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion is part of a quiet transformation of Title VII, gradually being […]

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