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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With American Bar Association Young Lawyers Voter Re …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with a voter registration drive as part of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fall Meeting at West Ashley High School in Charleston, SC on Thursday September 27th 2012. The event was the service project for the quarterly ABA YLD meeting that was held in Charleston in October of 2012. There were several young

Gardere Honored in 2013 ‘Best Law Firms’ National Rankings

AUSTIN/DALLAS/HOUSTON - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, one of the most respected full-service law firms in the Southwest, has earned selection to the 2013 “Best Law Firms” list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. Compiled by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®, the annual “Best Law Firms” rankings recognize the nation’s top firms in different practice areas. According to the publishers, Gardere’s selection to

Amanda Bush Receives Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professional ATHENA Award

Jackson Walker partner Amanda Bush received the 2012 Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professional ATHENA Award on Oct. 25, 2012. She was presented with the award during the organization’s 17th Annual Women’s Business Conference. The award is given annually to one Dallas-area businesswoman who strives towards professional accomplishment, excels in her field, devotes time and energy to her community, and encourages others to succeed. Ms. Bush focuses her practice on complex commercial,

Leeds Law Firm Unveils New Design For One Of The UK’s Longest Established Legal …

A Leeds law firm has announced the launch of a redesigned legal advice website which is thought to be one of the oldest in the UK. The Claims Connection website was first published in 2000 and has undergone a modern redesign to include a seamless mobile device platform. The site, which has just gone live, is owned and managed by Winston Solicitors LLP, a Lexcel accredited law firm authorised and

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Announces Pro Bono Awards Recipients

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, hosted the 30th Pro Bono Awards Reception on October 18 at the Belo Mansion, which honored judges, attorneys, law firms, court reporters and legal staff who provide free legal services to indigent residents of Dallas County. In a 12-month period, volunteers gave over more than 43,000 hours of free legal

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Attends South Carolina Legal Services Neighbor Day In Char …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina attended the annual Neighbor Day held by the Charleston office of South Carolina Legal Services on Saturday September 22nd 2012. Neighbor Day is an event held every year by legal services to reach out to the local community and raise awareness of the law services that the office can offer. The program was held at the campus of

MDG Advertising Interactive Infographic Exposes “The Dollars and Senselessness o …

Boca Raton, Fla. – 10/24/12 – Did you know that $5.8 billion will be spent on political campaigning in the U.S. on the 2012 elections? MDG Advertising, a full-service advertising and interactive agency with offices in Boca Raton and New York, just released a visually and factually compelling interactive infographic that reveals the high cost of campaigning and how that outrageous sum could be better spent helping our nation in

According to Morgan Law Group 1 in 8 U.S. Households Could Owe Estate Tax in 201 …

Newport Beach, CA – October 23, 2012 - LIMRA, the worldwide association of insurance and financial services companies, has just released a report that finds approximately 14.7 million U.S. households - one in eight - face a potential estate tax liability if the estate tax law reverts back as planned to 2001 levels at the end of this year. The LIMRA report said that Congress would likely consider

Attorney Laura Anthony to Speak at ClearTrust SEC Hot Topic Breakfast- Small Pub …

Leading securities attorney Laura Anthony to provide overview of JOBS Act opportunities West Palm Beach, FL – October 24, 2012 – ClearTrust, LLC, an independent, full-service stock transfer agent serving listed, small cap, and private equity issuers has announced that attorney Laura Anthony, founding partner of Legal & Compliance, LLC, will speak on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act at its November 9 SEC Hot Topic Breakfast. ClearTrust has

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps As Judge For Law School Moot Court Competition In Ch …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina took part in the CSOL 2L Moot Court Competition in Charleston, SC on Saturday September 15th 2012. The contest was an internal competition among second year law students at the law school in Charleston. The case that the students were arguing in the event was about an internet defamation case that had negative implications for one

Gardere Expands Intellectual Property Practice With Addition of Sarah Paxson in …

DALLAS - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah M. Paxson as a partner in the Firm’s Dallas office. Ms. Paxson focuses her practice on patent infringement, trade secret and trademark litigation. In addition to providing litigation and litigation avoidance services, she counsels clients on licensing issues and proper development and management of intellectual property assets. Since September, Gardere has added three experienced IP attorneys, including

David Folsom Appointed to Federal Circuit Advisory Council

David Folsom, a partner at Jackson Walker and former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Effective Oct. 1, 2012, Judge Folsom will serve a three-year term as a member of the prestigious council, which was established to review, study, and make recommendations regarding the

Susan F. Koch Joins Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome new attorney Susan Koch. Ms. Koch joins the Health Care group in the Houston office. Ms. Koch has more than 25 years’ experience working as in house counsel and outside counsel for hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. Ms. Koch received her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and her

Texas Attorneys Launch New Resource for Corporate, Government Whistleblowers

Winning team in Texas’ largest Medicaid whistleblower settlement debuts new website DALLAS – A team of Texas attorneys with decades of courtroom experience has launched the new website Texas Whistleblower ( to assist government employees and those at private and publicly-traded companies who stand to claim significant financial rewards for reporting unethical business practices by their employers. Dallas attorneys Tom Melsheimer and Natalie Arbaugh and Austin lawyer Tommy Jacks recently established the

Brooklyn Lawyer Philip Lights Opens New Office

Brooklyn, New York October 22, 2012 – Brooklyn immigration lawyer Philip Lights has opened up his second office in the popular Brooklyn Heights neighborhood at 16 Court Street, suite 2504, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11241. This is the famous SL Green property known as the tallest office building in Brooklyn. Just blocks from Brooklyn Supreme Court, family court, and criminal court. The office borders on the thriving Metrotech Center, which has such

Shackelford, Melton & McKinley Adds Noted Aviation Attorney in Dallas

DALLAS – The Dallas law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, is pleased to announce the addition of accomplished attorney David G. Mayer as a partner in the firm’s nationally prominent aviation practice. Mr. Mayer is widely known for his comprehensive expertise in aviation equipment purchases, sales, financing and leasing transactions and structuring. He also represents clients in aviation-related issues involving ownership, operations, maintenance and compliance, transactions and disputes. In addition

Animal Globalism: Zoos, Slaughterhouses, and the City in the 19th Century

What characterizes a modern metropolis? Have you ever thought about the zoo or the slaughterhouse as a marker of global economics and culture in metropolitan areas? On October 25, 2012, at 7 p.m., Prof. Dorothee Brantz will discuss the links between the rise of modern metropoles and the emergence of zoological gardens and industrial slaughterhouses. The event will take place at the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) New

Netlaw Media Sells Out its 7th Major Law Event in Succession

Leading UK legal media and event organisation Netlaw Media continues to break records within the UK legal sector following the announcement that the biennial ‘Strategic Leadership Forum 2012’ has officially reached a capacity sell out. Produced in association with Professor Stephen Mayson of the Legal Services Institute, the ‘Strategic Leadership Forum 2012’ has been billed as the ultimate master class for law firm management. With presenters including James Caan (formerly of

Marketing Specialist Comes Home

Blackpool Solicitors Blackhurst Budd has become the first Fylde Coast based firm to appoint an in house Marketing Manager. Paul Coombes, from South Shore, has joined the business having worked for a large Manchester firm for four years. The appointment is the latest development for the firm having been established in 2009 following the merger of four Blackpool practices. Warren Spencer, Managing Partner of Blackhurst Budd said “The legal market is in

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Participates Beach Sweep Cleanup In Charleston SC Area

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina took part in a Beach Sweep in Sullivan’s Island, SC on Saturday September 8th 2012 sponsored by College Of Charleston Alumni Lowcountry Chapter and Charleston Waterkeeper. The goal of the beach sweep was to pick up trash and debris on a long stretch of beach. Although the beach on Sullivan’s Island is considered a clean beach there

Chicago Litigation Attorney, Brandon Peck, Selected Director of the Young Lawyer …

CHICAGO, IL -- Brandon Peck of Peck Bloom, LLC has recently been selected as a Director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). Peck is a Chicago litigation attorney who specializes in trust litigation, probate litigation, fiduciary defense litigation, elder law and estate administration with an emphasis on contested wills and estates. His clients include individuals, families, financial institutions and medical institutions. "Everyone at Peck

Dallas Mediator, Appellate Lawyer Deborah Hankinson Earns 2013 Best Lawyers Hono …

DALLAS – Accomplished appellate attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson of Dallas’ Hankinson LLP has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in appeals cases at the state and federal levels. Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, is widely considered the top guide to U.S. lawyers. To compile the annual publication, Best Lawyers conducts a rigorous peer-review survey

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Participates In Day Of Caring Event In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina participated in the Day Of Caring event sponsored by the Trident United Way in Mount Pleasant, SC on Friday September 7th 2012. The Trident United Way sponsors events throughout the Charleston, SC area on the Day Of Caring with thousands of volunteers that take time out of their schedules to help out those in need. Attorney Evan Guthrie

‘Zeitgeist’ Filmmaker Peter Joseph on Israeli Actress Orly Wenerman’s Plea For J …

TZM EXCLUSIVE: A TRAGEDY OF CIRCUMSTANCE | BY PETER JOSEPH Love Story The love story - A staple of our history and culture. As much as modern economic theory and the dubious claims about our supposed “Human Nature” would have us believe that all humans are merely selfish organisms that would rather sacrifice each other than save each other for the sake of mere convenience, the archetypal love story prolific in our

Ohio Court Rules 2013 Now Available From Summit Legal Publishing

Ohio Court Rules 2013 is a two volume set consisting of Practice & Procedure and Government of Bench & Bar. Ohio Court Rules Practice & Procedure contains all of the procedural rules you need for the daily practice of law in Ohio; Rules of Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Juvenile Procedure, Rules of Evidence, Traffic Rules, Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, Supreme Court Rules of Practice, Rules

Dallas Attorney Bill Chamblee Joins Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

DALLAS – Dallas trial lawyer Bill Chamblee has joined the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), a nonpartisan group that represents thousands of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel and risk managers. Membership in the nonpartisan CLM is by invitation only. The alliance promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management by sponsoring workshops and continuing legal education courses, in addition to other educational opportunities. Alliance members include risk

Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury to Deliver “Peace and Equality” on November 13

Ambassador of Bangladesh Anwarul Chowdhury, an expert on current critical issues including peace, sustainable development, and human rights, will speak at Adelphi University as part of the International Leadership Coordinating Committee Ambassador Series on “Peace and Equality—Absolutely Essential for a Better World” on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. For the past two decades, Chowhurdy has

Orange County Trust Lawyer Darlynn Morgan Is Awarded Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rati …

Newport Beach, CA, October 2, 2012 – Darlynn Morgan, founder of Morgan Law Group, an estate planning law firm in Newport Beach, Calif., recently received an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Awarded by attorneys and judges with personal knowledge of Morgan’s work ethic and ethical standards, the AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest level of professional excellence attainable. “I am honored to receive this distinguished award from such a recognized

LONE WORKER SAFETY 2012 Is A Conference You Simply Cannot Afford To Miss

LONE WORKER SAFETY 2012 Conference & Exhibition, taking place on Tue, 27th November 2012 at the Olympia Conference Centre, is once again due exceed everyone’s expectations, according to their organiser PPSS Group. Just over one month to go, the UK’s most respected firms in lone worker safety technology, tracking, alarms, monitoring and training, have already confirmed their support and participation. “Our exhibition is now sold out, and there is no doubt in

More Than Half Of Bilzin Sumberg Partners Ranked In Best Lawyers in America 2013

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP is pleased to announce that more than half of the firm's partners were listed in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. This is the second consecutive year that over 50% of Bilzin Sumberg partners made the Best Lawyers in America list. Additionally, Bilzin Sumberg Partner and Corporate Group Chair, Alan D. Axelrod, managing partner John C. Sumberg and Tax partner Samuel C.

Copyright: Continuation of sublicense upon termination of main license

If the owner of a main license sublicensed the relevant copyright exploitation right, which was granted to him in a license agreement entered into with the licensor, the sublicense can continue even if the main license got terminated. However the main licensor then has a claim against the main licensee for cessation of the right to royalty payments from the sublicensee. The decision of the German Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) of 19.07.2012

PL: Insolvency proceedings as means to maximize the chances of investors in ponz …

Recent events show that despite the rise of the Polish economy and the strengthening of capitalism, citizens are still susceptible to manipulations and fraud of various kinds by dishonest companies. You don’t have to look hard for corresponding examples. On 05.09.2012, the district prosecutor’s office in Gdansk has revealed that investors, damaged by the company Amber Gold, have meanwhile reported claims in the total extent of almost 274 Million PLN.

ESP: Current legal issues

Recent legislative approvals: measures for budgetary stability and competitiveness. After several quarters of slow recovery, the Spanish economy became intensely vulnerable to deterioration in the euro zone and plunged back into recession during 2011. Through the R.D. Law 20/2012, July 13, (B.O.E. 14/07/2012), relating to measures to guarantee the budgetary stability and promote the competitiveness, the Central Government seeks to recover the path of stable economic growth in Spain. Among the measures

Germany: Surprising clauses on remuneration for entry into online business direc …

By judgment of the 26.07.2012 (Case No. VII ZR 262/11), the German Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled: “If a service (here basic entry into a business directory on the Internet) is offered in a big quantity of cases free of charge, a remuneration clause, which is included in the overall picture of an application form in a typical graphical unobtrusive design, is not to be expected by the contractual partner and

Germany: Change of Construction Product Act

On the 12.07.2012, the German Government has brought the draft German Construction Product Act and further necessary amendments with regard to the EU regulation (305/2011) laying down harmonized conditions for the marketing of construction product, on its way. The EU regulation on construction products provides for a legal framework for marketing and CE marking of construction products and replaces the directive on construction products (89/106/EEC) with effect as of 01.07.2013.

ECJ: The cross-border transformation of a company must be treated like a domesti …

By judgment of the 12.07.2012 (Case No. C-378/10), the European Court of Justice held that if a member state provides for the possibility of a transformation of a domestic company, such a possibility must also be granted to companies founded in other member states. The decision is based on the following facts: A company founded in the year 2000 in Italy and registered with the commercial register of Rome (VALE Costruzioni

Copyright: Marketing of used licenses is permissible also through software downl …

Software licenses that give the purchaser an unlimited right of use of the program that he downloaded from the internet, are to be treated like software programs that are distributed on CD-Rom or DVD. This means that a selling-on of used licenses is permissible, if it is ensured that the license is sold consistently and has been rendered useless on the computer of the primary customer. The European Court of

Gardere Welcomes Prominent Tax Attorney James Howard

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of James Howard, formerly of Locke Lord LLP, as a partner in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Howard’s practice will focus on international and business tax, securities, and finance. As a member of Gardere’s Tax Practice Group, Mr. Howard will provide the full range of international and domestic tax services to clients in the oilfield service, private equity, and

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With Pro Se Divorce Clinic In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with a Pro Se Divorce Clinic sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Foundation and South Carolina Legal Services on Saturday August 25th 2012 in North Charleston, SC. The goal of the pro se divorce clinic is to help prepare people to represent themselves in family court while obtaining a simple divorce. A simple divorce is usually one

Sarasota, Florida Attorney & CPA Jo Ann Koontz Named Co-Chair of Bar Association …

SARASOTA, FL – Attorney and Certified Public Accountant Jo Ann Koontz has been named co-chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA) Real Property Steering Committee, along with attorney Michael J. Belle. The Committee focuses on issues of interest to real estate law practitioners through luncheon meetings and seminars. The SCBA is a voluntary organization of lawyers and judges who practice law and administer the judicial system in Sarasota County. Its

Dallas’ Deborah Hankinson Named Among Top Appellate Attorneys in U.S.

DALLAS – Dallas appellate lawyer and mediator Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been named one of the nation’s leading appellate attorneys in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Appellate. Benchmark Appellate, published by London-based Legal Media Group, is a compilation of the nation’s go-to appeals lawyers. Honorees are rigorously screened by the publication’s editorial team, which conducts extensive face-to-face interviews with judges, leading appellate lawyers and general counsels of Fortune 500

Victor Pasternack and Matthew Funk Named to Executive Board of New York State Tr …

We are proud to announce that our own Victor Pasternack and Matthew Funk have been named to the Executive Board of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). The NYSTLA is a 55 year-old trade association with over 4,600 members. The mission of the New York State Trial Lawyers is “To promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully

Thompson & Knight Opens LA Office

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Los Angeles, California. The Firm has landed noted litigator Bruce J. Zabarauskas, who joins Thompson & Knight Partner, Shelly A. Youree, to launch operations. Opening October 1, 2012, the new office will be located in Century City at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 950, Los Angeles, California 90067. “The opening

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Makes Appearance On Radio Show In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina made an appearance on the MOD Love Radio on Thursday August 23rd 2012 in Charleston, SC. The MOD Love Radio is an internet radio show that is on the Kinetic HiFi radio network and broadcasts worldwide from Charleston, SC. The radio show is hosted by Jodi Riley and Glenn Cohen and focuses on and discusses issues dealing with

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s Brian Baggot Appointed To Important Florida Supreme …

The Florida Supreme Court appointed Brian J. Baggot, a partner in the Tampa office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, to the Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. The Committee is charged with drafting updated civil jury instructions based on changes in Florida law or new opinions issued by Florida District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, or the U.S. Supreme Court. The Committee meets

Dallas Attorney Charla Aldous Named One of Texas’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas litigator Charla Aldous has been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only professional organization composed of the premier civil plaintiff and criminal defense trial lawyers from across the country. Membership in The National Trial Lawyers is limited to the top 100 trial attorneys in each state. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, and their stature and profile in

Ten Thompson & Knight Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that ten Firm attorneys are being recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and communities by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers® is widely regarded as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Selections are based on a rigorous evaluation process in

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 50 “Texas Super Lawyers”

Fifty Jackson Walker attorneys were selected as 2012 “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters. The list will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Each year, only five percent of lawyers in Texas are named “Super Lawyers.” “Super Lawyers” are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a research team that evaluates the nominees based on professional accomplishments, peer recognition, and community involvement. Congratulations to the following

Thompson & Knight Expands Corporate, Real Estate, and Trial Practice Groups

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of five associates in the Firm’s Dallas and Fort Worth offices. Dallas Steven Bartz joins the Firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, other corporate transactions, and corporate governance matters. He earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006 and an A.B. in Economics, with

Thompson & Knight Expands IP Practice with Addition of Jennifer Sickler

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer S. Sickler has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Houston. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Thompson & Knight,” says Jane Politz Brandt, Co-Chair of the Firm’s IP Practice Group. “Her expertise across a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters strongly complements our Firm’s capabilities and will be

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