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Koontz & Associates Law Firm of Sarasota, Florida Launches Educational Blog

SARASOTA, FL – The law firm of Koontz & Associates, PL has launched an educational blog to inform readers on matters related to real estate transactions, business law, and federal and state tax law. The blogs will be posted on the law firm’s website, The first blog discusses new federal regulations aimed at speeding up the short sale process. Effective June 15, 2012, the new timelines will require Fannie Mae

Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

Nationwide motorcycle accident law firm Kass & Moses announced today that it recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a motorcycle accident law firm. The firm was founded in May, 1992, by partners Joe Moses and Andrew Kass. "In this day and age of law firm dissolutions and break-ups, partners abandoning their firm and partners and associates getting laid off, our firm has weathered the storm and is growing rather than

Marshall Miller Named to Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees

Jackson Walker L.L.P. partner Marshall Miller was recently named to the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University. Mr. Miller was sworn in during a ceremony at the university’s Lexington, Virginia, campus on May 4, 2012. Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for George Washington, whose endowment helped the school survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose leadership helped bring the university to prominence. The Board of

Amy Stewart Named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers’ List

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, of Dallas’ Amy Stewart P.C., has been named to D Magazine’s annual list of Dallas’ Best Lawyers. She was selected in the Insurance Law category. To compile the list of the city’s 377 best lawyers, D Magazine accepted nominations from licensed Texas lawyers who had firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s work. The magazine’s editors then met with a blue-ribbon panel of eminent lawyers to compile the final list. “I’m

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Wills Clinic For First Responders In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina participated in a wills clinic on Saturday April 21st in Charleston, South Carolina that provided free wills and advance directive to first responders in the Charleston area. The first responders that took part in the wills clinic included local police, firefighters, EMS, and other first responder agencies and support staff. The event was held on the second floor

Noted Author Douglas Brinkley to Speak At Dallas Bar Association

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and contributing editor at Vanity Fair will be at the Belo Mansion on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. to speak on his new book Cronkite. The event, sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, is open to the public. Cronkite’s biography has been much anticipated since his death in 2009, and Douglas Brinkley is


DALLAS -- Jackson Walker L.L.P. partners voted on May 29, 2012, to open a Texarkana office to be led by the Honorable David Folsom, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The decision to open an office in Texarkana was a natural one for a firm so immersed in intellectual property and patent litigation matters in the Eastern District. Over the past five

Hankinson Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

DALLAS – Lawyers from the Dallas-based Hankinson LLP law firm have earned honors from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazines based on their work in appellate law. Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, appears in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers magazine, a publication of Best Lawyers in America, which previously named her the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year. Texas’ Best Lawyers

Thompson & Knight Receives Recognition in Top Texas Verdicts of 2011

Texas (May 30, 2012) – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce its inclusion in Texas Lawyer’s “Top Texas Verdicts of 2011” for securing a $10 million verdict in Resort Development Latin America, Inc., et al v. Timothy L. Barton, et al. Thompson & Knight Trial Partner Hunter M. Barrow served as lead counsel for Resort Development in this verdict, which

Team Gardere Exceeds 2012 BP MS 150 Fundraising Goal

HOUSTON – On April 21-22, 2012, the 111 dedicated riders from Team Gardere made the fundraising pilgrimage from Houston to Austin as part of the annual BP MS 150, pedaling their bicycles 183 miles to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This two-day fundraising ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. Team Gardere closed out its fundraising efforts with an impressive total of $168,346, exceeding its

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Leads Estate Planning And Probate Class At Goose Creek Lib …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina taught a class on estate planning and probate at Goose Creek Library in Goose Creek, SC on Thursday April 19th 2012. The class explored the fundamentals of planning an estate, how the probate court system works, what happens if you die without a will, what a will does, how a living trust works, how to plan for incapacity

Federal Bankruptcy Rules 2012 Now Available From Summit Legal Publishing

Featuring a comprehensive index of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Federal Bankruptcy Rules 2012 is an excellent resource for both attorneys and non-attorneys dealing with federal bankruptcy. Included with this new edition by Summit Legal Publishing is free online access to official bankruptcy forms and procedural forms, instructions and committee notes. Local forms and procedural guides for the Bankruptcy Appellate Panels are available online as well. All of these

Canadian Pardon Services Launches Guide to Help Canadians Get Criminal Record Se …

4.5 million Canadians have criminal records. This could be your father, mother, child, or grandparent, who has made mistakes and want an opportunity to correct these mistakes. Organizations such as The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Canadian Civil Liberties Association are just a few which oppose Bill C-10 because, as Executive director Catherine Latimer, of John Howard Society, states,

The Panic Room Company Exhibits at World’s Fifth Largest Security Show in Brazil …

Having already presented itself to the European and South African markets, the Panic Room Company enjoyed its first foray into Latin America this month at the EXPOSEC International Security Fair in Sao Paolo, Brazil – the world’s fifth largest security show. Teaming up with Sao Paolo-based security solutions experts, Grasp, the Panic Room Company was demonstrated to a wide range of potential customers and distributors throughout the three day

Jeffrey R. Harder Joins Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker L.L.P. is pleased to welcome partner Jeffrey R. Harder to the firm. Mr. Harder joins the Corporate & Securities group in the Houston office. Mr. Harder has a unique blend of experience that includes having served as in-house and outside counsel at leading energy, technology, and biotech companies. His practice includes representing and advising clients in complex corporate matters, including IPOs, PIPEs, proxy contests, tender offers, going-private transactions,

Susan Halsey Receives Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council Founder’s Award

The Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council honored Jackson Walker partner Susan Halsey with its Founder's Award during its annual meeting on April 26, 2012. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the mission of The Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council, which is “to be a unified voice for the commercial real estate industry, influencing action and supporting change to accomplish long-term job growth and enhance the quality of

Amanda Bush Honored as One of Fort Worth's “40 Under 40”

Jackson Walker partner Amanda Bush has been named to the Fort Worth Business Press's prestigious "40 Under 40" list for 2012. Ms. Bush will be honored at the publication's annual awards dinner on May 23, 2012, in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Business Press's "40 Under 40" recognizes executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders in a variety of industries who have demonstrated excellence in both professional achievement and community involvement. Ms. Bush

Jackson Walker Honored as a ‘Top 100 Law Firm in Diversity’

Jackson Walker L.L.P. was recently selected for inclusion in MultiCultural Law magazine’s 2012 “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity” listing. The “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity” list was created to recognize firms that advocate for multiculturalism. Annually, MultiCultural Law magazine distributes surveys to law firms across the nation and derives their diversity statistics to later create the highly competitive list. Jackson Walker was not only named to the

Federal Court Rules 2012 Now Available From Summit Legal Publishing

Federal Court Rules 2012 includes the full text of the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Bankruptcy Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, Code of Conduct for United States Judges and Published Advisory Opinions, Federal Tort Claims, Garnishment and Subpoena Regulations, Rules of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Rules Governing Section 2254 and Section 2255 Cases (Writs of Habeas Corpus). This edition is current through May 1, 2012.

Morgan Law Group Provides Suits for Women Getting Back To Work

Newport Beach, CA, May 22, 2012 – Darlynn Morgan, and Morgan Law Group of Newport Beach, are pleased to announce their sponsorship of WHW’s 2nd annual Suits for a Cause clothing drive. WHW collects men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories and provides, at no charge, comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women and teens to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment success. “It is amazing what hundreds

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With Voices Against Violence Charleston SC Refurbish …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina assisted with the Voices Against Violence Charleston SC Refurbishing Project on Saturday April 14th, 2012 at a domestic violence shelter located in the Charleston area. The project was through the Young Lawyers Division of The South Carolina Bar and featured help, tools, and donations from local area lawyers and law firms. The goal of the refurbishing project was

Games go on - Babi Jar 1941, 2012

Kurt Fleckenstein with video during Football European Champion League in Kiev, Wroclaw und Berlin By the end of June the Soccer fever in Europe will be at the highest point; big and large screens will meet the crowds and turn around national flags. Meanwhile, during European Champion League there will be a special form of football public viewing in Kiev, Wroclaw, and also in Berlin. Video, which in its own way

ESP: Current legal issues

Recent legislative approvals: The reform of the Spanish Labor Market. The expected Spanish labor market reform has been approved through the R.D. Law 3/2012, February 10th, relative to urgent measures for the Reform of the Labor Market. Among its main measures, includes the following: - Changes in the individual dismissal: the dismissal severance passes from 45 to 33 days of salary per year worked, with a maximum of 24 monthly payments. - Changes in collective dismissals

ITA: A new kind of LTD (SRL) - easier and more cost-effective

Monti Government has changed the set of norms relating to the establishment of a LTD in Italy. The antecedent norms were not business-friendly. A quite time-consuming and expensive procedure was a relevant disincentive to establish a limited company in Italy. Now, if one of the shareholders is younger than 35, the paid-up capital is only 1 euro. But the most important change was made with regard to the procedure and its costs: Previously,

EU: Portrait photos are protected by copyrights

Portrait photos enjoy a copyright protection since they form an intellectual creation by the originator, in which the originator’s personality is depicted by his free creational decisions in the making of the picture. Therefore portrait photos by third parties must not be used by the publishing press on their own initiative, invoking public security goals, without referring and naming the third party as originator. In a preliminary ruling, the ECJ decided

GER: Obligation for disclosure of economic re-establishment of a GmbH (German li …

The second civil division of the German Supreme Court (BGH), which is competent in corporate matters, issued a judgment on the liability of shareholders of a GmbH (German limited liability company) if the shareholders re-establish a dormant company economically, but without disclosure of the re-establishment towards the registry court. The decision is based on the following facts: The plaintiff is an insolvency administrator in insolvency proceedings over the assets of a

Dallas Jury Awards $10.66 Million in Lawsuit Alleging Breaches of Fiduciary Duti …

DALLAS - A Dallas County physician who suffered significant financial losses after investing in two North Texas diagnostic medical imaging centers has been awarded a $10.66 million verdict after jurors agreed that his business partners made an orchestrated effort to misappropriate the partnerships’ funds and assets. Lawyers from Dallas' The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson successfully represented Dr. Erwin Cruz in the complex commercial litigation against his former business partners,

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Makes Estate Planning Presentation At St. Andrews Regional …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina talked to a group about the basics of estate planning at St. Andrews Regional Library in Charleston, SC on Thursday April 12th 2012. Attorney Guthrie spoke about the fundamentals of wills, probate court, living trusts, power of attorney, and getting everything organized. Evan Guthrie stressed the importance of planning an estate to protect families and individual assets. Attorney

Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Create State Helmet Laws Graphic For Bike …

Our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently created a graphic on the state by state motorcycle helmet laws to visually display the helmet law requirements in every state. The idea behind the graphic was to aide bikers in their travels a cross Unites States. Visit to view the “Motorcycle Helmet Law” Graphic. The Motorcycle Helmet Law graphic is a map of the United States, with a color

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Attends Dorchester County School District 2 Raise The Bar …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina participated in the Dorchester County School District 2 Raise the Bar for STEM Event in Hutchinson Square in Summerville, SC on Wednesday April 11th, 2012. Raise the Bar for STEM is an event to raise money and awareness of STEM in the local business community and get local business leaders involved in the program through donations and volunteering.

Local Attorney, Darlynn Morgan, Nominated for the 2012 OCBJ Women in Business Aw …

The Eighteenth Annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program honors five of OC’s exceptional business and professional women. The awards program is held on June 5, 2012 in Irvine, CA. Orange County estate planning attorney, Darlynn Morgan, has been nominated for this prestigious award. May 7, 2012- Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer, Darlynn Morgan of Morgan Law Group, has been nominated for the esteemed 2012 Women in

Thompson & Knight Partners Again Named Among Nation’s Top Attorneys

Dallas (May 7, 2012) – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to congratulate Gregory S.C. Huffman and Barbara B. Ferguson on being selected for inclusion in “The Nation’s Top Lawyers – 2012 Edition” by United States Lawyer Rankings. Thompson & Knight is one of only two Texas-based firms in the nation with multiple attorneys ranked in the Top 10. For the third consecutive year,

Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Warns Teens of the Consequences of Dangerous Driv …

Houston personal injury lawyer Jason Byrd wants to remind teen drivers and their parents that the actions teenagers take behind the wheel can have lifelong consequences. These consequences not only include an accident, but also legal ramifications. Jason Byrd is releasing this warning after a story out of Rhode Island made national headlines when a 17-year-old had his driver's license revoked for life. The teen was driving with three passengers while

FDA Device Chief Calls for Stricter Guidelines Amid Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The Byrd Law Firm commends FDA Device Chief Jeffrey Shuren's position on dangerous products including a surgical device that has led to countless transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Shuren has called for stricter guidelines, including closing a loophole related to products voluntarily recalled by manufacturers due to safety flaws. Under the current laws, when a new medical device cites a current predicate, the FDA must approve the device unless there is an

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Completes Accident Scene Management Training

Nationwide motorcycle accident lawyer Joel D. Moses, Esq., completed Accident Scene Management Inc. course to train motorcyclists what to do after a motorcycle accident April 2012 - Nationwide motorcycle accident attorney Joel D. Moses announced today that he completed the Accident Scene Management Inc. class entitled "A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist." Mr. Moses attended this course to enhance his own knowledge about after-accident scene management and also to enable him

Ohio Criminal Practice Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference Now Available From Summi …

Ohio Criminal Practice Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference joins a growing lineup of legal reference materials for Ohio practitioners, including Ohio Court Rules Practice & Procedure, Ohio Court Rules Government of Bench & Bar and Ohio Felony Sentencing. This book is the newest edition to Summit Legal Publishing’s Courtroom Quick Reference series. Combining the full text of the Ohio Evidence Rules, Ohio Criminal Procedure Rules, Federal Evidence Rules, restyled in December

Byrd Law Comments on Whether Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Reduc …

With many hit and run accidents caused by those without a driver's license, Beaumont personal injury attorney Jason Byrd wishes to discuss proposals to offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Such a proposal is currently under discussion in Los Angeles because it is believed that allowing undocumented immigrants to get a license would be safer. Those who currently do not have a license may be driving even without having undergone driver's

Philip Kanayan Named One of Texas' Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that attorney Philip Kanayan has been named as one of Texas' Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. With ten years of legal experience under his belt, Mr. Kanayan now manages BCA’s nationwide asbestos docket. Mr. Kanayan focuses on centralizing the firm’s entire docket and using a multijurisdictional approach to spread defendants out and leverage the docket with its strongest cases. In 2011, Mr. Kanayan

Gardere Partner Celeste Yeager to Participate in Cornell University’s Labor and …

DALLAS – Attorney Celeste R. Yeager, Vice-Chair of the Hospitality Industry Team at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is slated to participate in the 2012 Labor and Employment Roundtable hosted by The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. The event will be held May 6-7 at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, N.Y. This is the 11th annual Labor and Employment Roundtable organized

Evan Guthrie Law Firm of Charleston SC Speaks At Career Fair For Baptist Hill Hi …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina participated in the career fair for Baptist Hill High School In Hollywood, South Carolina. Attorney Guthrie spoke to students as a representative of the legal profession and lawyers. Mr. Guthrie talked to students that were interested in legal careers and answered their questions. Attorney Guthrie spoke to students from both the high school and middle school. Many students

Indiana Criminal Practice Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference Now Available From Su …

Indiana Criminal Practice Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference joins a growing lineup of legal reference materials for Indiana practitioners, including Indiana Court Rules 2012. This book is the newest edition to Summit Legal Publishing’s Courtroom Quick Reference series. Combining the full text of the Indiana Evidence Rules, Indiana Criminal Procedure Rules, Federal Evidence Rules, restyled in December 2011, and Federal Criminal Procedure Rules, this edition is an invaluable tool for criminal

Dallas Appellate Attorney Chad Ruback Honored in D Magazine’s 2012 “Best Lawyers …

Dallas appellate lawyer Chad Ruback of the Ruback Law Firm has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2012 list of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas.” Ruback is the youngest appellate attorney ever to have been included in D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” list. He was included on the list in 2005 and has been included every subsequent year that the list has been published. This is true of

Yaz Lawsuit Settlements Reach $142 Million

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP reports that Bayer is continuing to offer settlements to plaintiffs involved in federal Yaz side effects litigation. Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2012 – Nadrich & Cohen, LLP reports that German drug-maker Bayer AG has settled approximately 651 Yaz side effects lawsuits totaling $142 million. Earlier this month, it was reported that the drug-maker had reached settlements in approximately 500 cases filed by women who claimed

Gardere Partners Richard Faulk and John Gray Earn Distinguished Legal Writing Aw …

HOUSTON – Partners Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have been selected as recipients of the 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their article “Public Nuisance at the Crossroads: Policing the Intersection Between Statutory Primacy and Common Law.” The article, published in the Winter 2012 issue of the Chapman Law Review, may be accessed at Mr. Faulk and Mr. Gray will receive

Valensi Rose, PLC Welcomes Kelly Steven Keuscher to its Tax and Wealth Planning …

Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2012 — Valensi Rose, PLC, a leading Los Angeles law firm, recently announced the addition of Kelly Steven Keuscher to the firm. Mr. Keuscher practices in the area of estate planning, trust administration, probate, taxation, tax-exempt organizations, and general business transactional law. His background includes more than ten years working for various public agencies. “I’m thrilled to be joining a team of such

Energy Attorney Gary D. Compton Joins Thompson & Knight in Austin

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Gary D. Compton has joined the Firm’s Austin office as a member of the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group. Mr. Compton has 30 years of experience in regulatory and legislative matters. He represents corporations, major utilities, pipelines, oil and gas producers, and alternative and renewable energy companies. He has representative experience with administrative and regulatory

Fish & Richardson Attorneys Earn ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’ Honors

Dallas – Fish & Richardson announced today that three attorneys from the firm’s Dallas office have been named to the 2012 D Magazine list of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas.” Firm principals Tom Melsheimer, Stephen Fox and Bill Mateja all have been selected to the exclusive listing of the city’s top attorneys. All three lawyers have earned multiple prior selections to the annual list. Mr. Melsheimer, who was selected to this year’s

Southwest Florida Congressional Candidate Byron Donalds Receives Support of Herm …

Naples, Florida – Byron Donalds, a conservative Republican and political grassroots leader who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th District, has received the support of Herman Cain and was added to Cain’s Army of Davids – a roster of candidates who have formally adopted Cain’s 9-9-9 Economic Recovery and Jobs Program. Donalds is promoting the Fair Tax on the campaign trail and has endorsed 9-9-9

McDowell Laybourne & Rodemer, LLC, has introduced an informative webpage about D …

McDowell Laybourne & Rodemer, LLC, has introduced a webpage with information regarding DUI Colorado laws. Anyone who needs legal assistance in a DUI case must be well aware of the DUI laws and the penalties associated with the degree of crime. For help from an experienced DUI lawyer, Colorado, one can contact the law firm to get no-obligation free initial consultation. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 25 April, 2012: McDowell Laybourne & Rodemer,

Trial Lawyer Jeffrey Rasansky Chosen by D Magazine for The Best Lawyers in Dalla …

DALLAS – Texas’ Rasansky Law Firm is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Rasansky will be recognized as a top personal injury lawyer in D Magazine’s The Best Lawyers in Dallas 2012 List compilation of the city’s very best attorneys. Mr. Rasansky is honored to once again be listed among the elite lawyers in the field of personal injury. Mr. Rasansky fights for individuals and families all over the nation in cases

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