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Pokemon Go: How to Stay Safe While Playing
by / on 08/08/2016 at 11:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Pokemon Go: How to Stay Safe While Playing

Seemingly everyone from small children to twenty-somethings and even people with a little more life experience is joining in on the recent Pokemon Go craze. The game, which is as close Be Awareto a real life adaptation of the Pokemon world as anyone could hope for is played OUTSIDE using your phone to track down Pokemon and battle other members […]

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Are You Equipped to Manage the Internet of Things ?
by / on 19/07/2016 at 12:15 / in Best Lawyers®

Are You Equipped to Manage the Internet of Things ?

While the Internet of Things (IoT) still flies beneath the broad public consciousness, it’s already transforming modern life. Beyond fitness trackers and predictive car maintenance, the devices around us are becoming ever more connected and “intelligent.” In construction, concrete can sense and alert to weakness. In medicine, doctors can remotely check your heart. If you manage an office of freelancers, […]

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Should SnapChat Be Held Liable For Speed Filter Accidents?
by / on 27/06/2016 at 12:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Should SnapChat Be Held Liable For Speed Filter Accidents?

A civil action was filed in Georgia last year after an 18 year old girl who was allegedly using a SnapChat speed filter while driving at 107 MPH caused an accident. The complaint alleges that not only should the young girl be held liable, but SnapChat should also be held liable because in producing the filter they were were negligent […]

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Know Your Objectives Before Negotiations Start
by / on 08/06/2016 at 12:05 / in Best Lawyers®

Know Your Objectives Before Negotiations Start

You’d never leave on vacation without knowing where you’re going. So, why would you begin a business negotiation without knowing your objectives and acceptable outcomes? The answer: You shouldn’t. This does not mean you need to know exactly where your negotiations must conclude before you even begin discussions. Negotiations necessarily involve multiple parties, all of whom have their own goals […]

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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Heading to White House: What You Should Know Now
by / on 20/05/2016 at 13:32 / in Best Lawyers®

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Heading to White House: What You Should Know Now

Congress has finally passed the anticipated Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill, which is now on its way to the White House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, will be effective immediately once it is signed into law.  The Backdrop In the last few years, Congress and the Obama administration have paid increasing attention […]

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Can an Employee be Sacked for Tweeting “Political Opinions”?
by / on 09/05/2016 at 12:22 / in Best Lawyers®

Can an Employee be Sacked for Tweeting “Political Opinions”?

Recently we covered the sacking of SBS sports reporter, Scott McIntyre, for posting what were considered to be offensive tweets criticising Australian commemoration of Anzac Day. We focused on the obligations many employees now have under workplace codes of conduct and social media policies. These rules are increasingly restricting the exercise of free speech – even in an employee’s private […]

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Parameters of Negotiating Sophisticated Tech Deals An Evolving Art Form
by / on 20/04/2016 at 12:21 / in Best Lawyers®

Parameters of Negotiating Sophisticated Tech Deals An Evolving Art Form

I started my career in a mid-sized law firm doing sophisticated corporate deals about 28 years ago. Since then, my practice has evolved into doing sophisticated tech, telecom and outsourcing deals. With this evolution, I found new contracting norms. I went from a world of good first drafts of agreements prepared by competent lawyers to a world where first drafts […]

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Ten Practice Management Challenges for Mid-Size Law Firms
by / on 06/04/2016 at 12:27 / in Best Lawyers®

Ten Practice Management Challenges for Mid-Size Law Firms

Topics: On those rare occasions when I am not optimistic about the prospects of mid-size law firms, I am very pessimistic. Oh yes, mid-size firms are the best setting for practicing law. And many of the current challenges to the legal profession play to mid-size firms’ strengths. And some legal subject areas are positively booming. But except for that, things […]

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Signing on the Dotted Line in a Digital Age
by / on 30/03/2016 at 16:02 / in Best Lawyers®

Signing on the Dotted Line in a Digital Age

Electronic Transactions and Signatures Now that the majority of all communications take place via email or some other form of electronic communication, contracts may come into existence without any paper or other tangible record. Courts have held that contracts can be contained in emails or other electronic forms of communication. In the event that a dispute arises as to whether […]

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Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?
by / on 22/03/2016 at 14:59 / in Best Lawyers®

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This NLRB decision found that an employer may not adopt a work rule that prohibits employees from recording company meetings or conversations with coworkers without […]

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