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Carroll, Burdick & McDonough Partner Admitted to California Academy of Appellate …

Laurie J. Hepler, a partner at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP and chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, was admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL) at the organization’s annual meeting. CAAL has fewer than 100 members statewide. Its membership committee rigorously scrutinizes applicants’ skill in advocacy before the appellate courts. Members must have a minimum of 10 years of practice, and must

Thompson & Knight Again Honored by Latin Lawyer

Dallas (May 25, 2011) – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the Firm has again been recognized by Latin Lawyer in the 13th edition of the “Latin Lawyer 250,” the publication’s guide to the leading business law firms of Latin America. According to the Latin Lawyer editors, Thompson & Knight is a “renowned oil and gas firm” with “important talent dedicated to the

Gardere Partner Named a Finalist for State Bar of Texas Professionalism Award

HOUSTON – Jim Cooper, co-chair of the Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Insurance Coverage Group, has been selected as a finalist for the College of the State Bar of Texas’ Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award. The award, presented annually since 1994, recognizes College members who demonstrate a dedication to professionalism, elevate the prestige of the legal profession, promote legal ethics, further continuing education of lawyers, and serve as an incentive to others.

Taiwan’s April unemployment rate drops to 4.29 percent

By Meg Chang Taiwan’s jobless rate fell 1.1 percentage points year on year to 4.29 percent in April, its lowest level since October 2008, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics May 23. “This improvement can be partly attributed to the seasonal effect,” said Chen Min, deputy director of the DGBAS Fourth Department. “Taiwan’s lowest unemployment rate tends to occur in either April or at the end of the

Chicago Elder Law Attorneys Donate Legal Services To Low-Income Seniors

CHICAGO, IL -- On March 30, 2011, Katie McClanahan of Peck Bloom, LLC participated in a Women's Bar Association community outreach event. The event was entitled "Senior Center Workshop" and was sponsored by the Women's Bar Association and the Center for Disability and Elder Care. The workshop provided low-income seniors with free access to elder law attorneys in Chicago who assisted them with various aspects of estate planning. This was the

Yingluck Shinawatra Visits Chiang Rai Rajabhat University

Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Ms Yingluck and Pheu Thai’s candidates for constituency MPs addressed about 20,000 supporters. The 44-year-old businesswoman-turned-politician has apparently overshadowed Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Democrat Party’s campaign Ms Yingluck and the Pheu Thai candidates finished their election campaign in the northern province of Chiangrai yesterday. Surichai Wun-gaeo, a political science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, said Ms Yingluck was being introduced to Thai voters as “a new product” in

Congress Fails Once Again

The false drama on Capitol Hill over a net 1% cut of a budget that rose 27% in just the past three years was another clever trick designed to panic citizens over a possible government shutdown. Unfortunately, none of us are laughing about an unsustainable tsunami-style government, unchecked by law, ethics, or common sense. My ten-term congressman has proposed a Balanced Budget Amendment that according to his website, has

The Price of Gas, and the Cost of Hot Air

The Senate recently berated the CEOs of Shell, ExxonMobil, BP America, Chevron and Conoco-Phillips for making record profits. The Senate, and perhaps many in Congress, would like to have $4 billion in tax breaks back, presumably on behalf of the American people. This same U.S. Congress presides over a tax code that is complicated and unfair to American individuals or small businesses that cannot afford to hire an army of

Gardere’s Phillips Elected to Friends of Dallas Public Library Board

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that partner Fran Phillips has been elected as a board trustee for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. “The Dallas Public Library is a community treasure that brings the written word into our homes while sponsoring wonderful programs and presentations that help teach us about who we are, such as the Atmos Energy Discovery Wall for children. The Dallas Public

Dallas Attorney Charla Aldous Wins Two of Texas’ Largest 2010 Verdicts

DALLAS – Two courtroom victories won by noted Dallas trial attorney Charla G. Aldous are featured among the top verdicts of the past year in Texas, including the state’s largest discrimination verdict of 2010. The two verdicts are featured in Top Texas Verdicts of 2010, a compilation from the verdict reporting service Verdict Search. The publication appears in the May 23, 2011, edition of Texas Lawyer newspaper. In May 2010, Ms. Aldous

Return To 1967 Bordered Israel? Not Another Six-Day War! Says Tony Scott Macaule …

Given the state of our country and other nations around the world, it’s of no wonder why Harold Camping’s dooms-day ravings is causing so much commotion and earning so much attention from the media. Nations as far and between as the Middles East to Greece are protesting for freedom and fairness. The nation of Israel, now under a magnifying glass, again, is concerned with returning to the former border treatise

The Medical Cannabis Network (MCN) Endorses Miami Mayoral Candidate "Uncle Luke"

Former 2 Live Crew member supports medical marijuana in his run for mayor, gains support of nation’s leading medical cannabis company (Miami, FL) The Medical Cannabis Network (MCN), the producer of some of the medical marijuana industry’s most innovative products and services, today announced its endorsement of pro-medical marijuana Miami Mayoral Candidate, Luther Campbell – known to most as Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew. Campbell supports medical marijuana not

Traffic ticket lawyer in Florida- Mr. Hector A Rivera Jr’s expertise to maintain …

West Palm Beach, FL, United States, May 21, 2011 – Any kind of traffic violation in Florida can result in the addition of points in the driving record and as their points go higher, driver’s license will be suspended. Minor infractions now and then, over time may add up to ‘habitual offense’ and grave consequences. To maintain a clean driving record and acquit oneself from traffic offenses, hiring a traffic

Dallas Bar Association Offers Lawyer Referral Service

The Dallas Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) for Dallas residents who might have a legal problem or need legal advice or representation. Through this public service program, LRS representatives provide a free referral to a Dallas-area attorney (includes Plano and Collin County) who can help with the client’s legal problem. The program also offers bilingual staff and attorneys. The purpose of the LRS program is to increase access

Jackson Walker Named a ‘Go-To Law Firm of the World’s Leading Companies’

DALLAS – Jackson Walker was once again selected for inclusion in Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual list of “The Go-To Law Firms of the World's Leading Companies.” The firm was chosen by in-house counsel of Fortune 500 companies as their “Go-To” law firm in the following categories: Litigation, Intellectual Property, Corporate Transactions/Mergers & Acquisitions, and Labor and Employment. To compile this list, Corporate Counsel first incorporates data collected on each company’s primary

Godwin Ronquillo Adds Four Attorneys in Dallas, Houston

DALLAS – As part of its continuing pattern of growth, the noted Texas litigation and appellate law firm of Godwin Ronquillo PC is pleased to announce the addition of senior attorney D. Todd Parrish and associates Kena Lopez, Sarah MarDock and Daniel T. Zwart. Mr. Parrish, Ms. Lopez and Ms. MarDock have joined the firm’s Dallas office. Mr. Zwart joined the firm’s Houston office. “This is a unique group of attorneys

Expert Los Angeles Attorneys Help Victim to Recover Losses in Fire Accident

Los Angeles – Expert personal injury lawyers of Mesriani Law Group – one of Los Angeles and southern California’s top law firms – have successfully obtained settlement in a fire accident that occurred in the victim’s house. Records show that the fire started on the west side of the living room area and was believed to be caused by electrical failure in the wiring as the damage affected the fire

Larger Percentage of People Than Expected Believe Jesus Will Return on May 21st, …

For months the “Save the Date” campaign has paid for billboards, newspaper ads, online ads, and radio spots to promote its position that Jesus Christ of Biblical fame will return to Earth on May 21st, 2011. took polling on the question of whether or not people really believe that Jesus will return of the prophesized dated, and the results are surprising. Of 270 people surveyed, a full fifteen percent


Cleveland, Ohio, USA - (16 May 2011) – Global Electronic Discovery & Disclosure Group (“Global EDD Group”), a boutique consulting firm that provides innovative legal technology solutions across the globe, today announced the addition of Mobile Device Forensics to its diverse range of Data Collection services. These new collection and analysis services, which can be provided in-house or in the field, are supported by the same technology employed by

School Enterprise Challenge Launched by International Development Charity

A new enterprise competition aimed at schools from all over the developing world has been launched by UK-based international development charity, Teach A Man To Fish. The School Enterprise Challenge asks schools to establish their own sustainable, profit-making enterprises that will generate income and act as a learning resource for years to come. A number of substantial financial prizes are on offer, including a USD $10,000 grand prize, and three


Media Contact: Alana Cappello FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAUNCH OF LEGAL PLAYGROUND - “CRAIGSLIST FOR LAWYERS” (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), May 17, 2011- Legal Playground, a company dedicated to bringing the legal community into the 21st century, announced the launch of its website and iPhone app, designed to connect consumers with lawyers via the internet and mobile devices. In its pre-launch BETA, Legal Playground was already labeled the “Craigslist for Lawyers”

Farella Braun + Martel’s Mark Petersen Appointed Chair of Bar Association of San …

Farella Braun + Martel partner Mark D. Petersen has been appointed chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's (BASF) Mediation Committee, a part of BASF's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, for a two-year term. The Mediation Committee seeks to further the knowledge of its members by developing and implementing programs and training in alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on mediation. Petersen’s mediation practice includes serving on BASF's Early Settlement Program; the

Democracy Watch, 2011 - Issue 15

With Internet access ever on the rise Verkhovna Rada seeks to initiate dialogue with the people, whilst at the same time spreading accusations of foreign involvement in Ukrainian affairs. At the same time President Yanukovych comes close to an apology as public favour dwindles further. Does Verkhovna Rada really want to hear the voice of the people? The Parliament Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information has approved the draft regulation №8007

Los Angeles Personal Injury Law Firm, Grayson & Grayson Launches New Website, Ma …

Los Angeles, California, May 12th 2011 Los Angeles personal injury law firm, Grayson and Grayson has recently launched their new website, ( In practice for the past 30 years, the personal injury law firm was founded by the father-son duo of Saul Grayson and Mark Grayson in 1984. Grayson and Grayson law firm is qualified to handle personal injury cases coming under their expertise areas - motorvehicle accidents, premises

“Ears to Hear Radio” A New Christian Podcast From Lauren Holladay Platinum member Lauren Holladay is pleased to announce the release of her new podcast “Ears To Hear Radio” on Blog Talk Radio. "Ears to Hear Radio" is a non-profit Christian based radio talk show where Lauren and her husband Mark talk about other religions, politics and the Biblical World View. The show airs Saturday afternoons at 4 pm Eastern Time and can be found at Lauren has been the Morning

LYMEC: The European Commission needs to defend the spirit of Schengen

Reacting to today's statement by the Danish finance minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen that the Danish government plans to reintroduce a significant number of border controls, LYMEC President Alexander Plahr states: "Border-free travel within the European Union is one of the great achievements of the last years. To roll it back would seriously undermine European integration and hurt everyday travellers between Denmark and its neighbours Sweden and Germany. This agreement of the

Houston Litigation Attorney Caroline Pace Joins Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC

Houston, TX -- Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC is pleased to announce that on April 29 Caroline Pace joined the Firm as an Associate practicing in the Litigation Section of the Houston office. Ms. Pace is a 2007 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center where she earned her JD. She has experience handling complex commercial litigation, products liability disputes and has extensive experience handling insurance

Jeremy Moore Represents Levi Bellfield In Milly Dowler Case

The trial of Levi Bellfield commenced on 10th May 2011 at the Old Bailey in London. Mr Bellfield, who is charged with the murder of Amanda “Milly” Dowler in 2001, is represented by Jeremy Moore of Carter Moore Solicitors. Mr Moore has instructed Jeffrey Samuels QC and Philip Parry to defend him in court. Jeremy Moore has acted on some of the most high profile criminal cases in the UK and

McKool Smith Ranked as a Leading National Firm in the IAM Patent Litigation 250

McKool Smith’s patent litigation practice has been recognized in Intellectual Asset Management's (IAM) 2011 Patent Litigation 250, a comprehensive listing of the “World's Leading Patent Litigators.” The firm received national honors for both its patent litigation and patent litigation plaintiffs’ work, in addition to being ranked as a Tier 1 patent litigation firm in Texas. According to the directory, McKool Smith has “become huge in the market and does an exceptional

Gardere Partner Faulk Invited to Speak at Sustainable Property Transactions Conf …

HOUSTON – Richard O. Faulk, partner and chair of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s Litigation Department and the Environmental Practice Group, will speak on “Sustainable Development Reforms and Climate Change Litigation Affecting Business and Real Estate Transactions in California and Beyond" during the Sustainable Property Transactions: Managing Distressed Assets and Renewable Energy Opportunities conference, May 18-20 at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco. To register or for more information,

Leading Solicitor Urges Claims Management Companies to Support Reform of Persona …

Prominent consumer advocate addresses 2011 Claims Management Seminar John Spencer, Director of CS2 Lawyers, yesterday urged the UK’s leading claims management companies (CMCs) to be part of the effort to fundamentally rethink industry practices in the best interest of consumers. In his speech at the Claims Management Seminar 2011 in Manchester, Spencer pointed to various dysfunctions in the current system which he argues threaten access to justice and the protection

Democracy Watch, 2011 - Issue 14

Entrepreneurs on the roads and teachers on the streets, the government faces mass protest as well as allegations of apathy towards corruption. The Prosecutor General's Office bringing charges against former president Kuchma added some excitement to the political arena of Ukraine. Continuing protests of entrepreneurs become "AutoMaidan" The professed Ukrainian East-West divide was undermined recently as entrepreneurs from around the country united in protest against the latest batch of

Netlaw Media Sells Out its 5th Major Law Event in Succession

Leading UK legal event, training and information provider Netlaw Media, has today announced that its flagship event ‘Key Strategies for Law Firms 2011 – Driving Business Development in Law Firms’ has reached a capacity sell out. Today’s announcement by Netlaw Media has confirmed the legal event organiser’s fifth major event sell out in succession, a feat rarely achieved in the events market since the financial meltdown of 2009. “This year’s Key

McManis Faulkner Name Partner William Faulkner Inducted Into the Litigation Coun …

William Faulkner, a name partner of leading Northern California trial firm McManis Faulkner, was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) at its 2011 Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows in Laguna Beach, Calif. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based

Gardere Partner Beverly Godbey Elected Chair of State Bar of Texas Board of Dire …

DALLAS – Beverly B. Godbey, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, after a three-way race for the position resulted in a victorious runoff election. She will begin her one-year term during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting scheduled for June 23-24, 2011, in San Antonio and will serve as Nearly Fifty Percent of Americans Believe Bid Laden Was Ordered to …

Following the events of May 1st, 2011, details about the raid on the Pakistani compound which led to the death of Osama Bin Laden have been leaking out. After reports of US Special Forces facing immediate opposition and having to sweep the house room by room, it has now surfaced that only one man was armed, and Bin Laden himself was unarmed. Out of 210 Americans surveyed by 48%

On the scope and effect of a decision rendered by a Community Trademark Court wi …

In October 2010 the Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón, gave his opinion, in which he commented on the geographical extension of a judgment rendered by the Community Trademark Courts with respect to the other member states of the European Union and how execution proceedings menaced by such a court, can be acknowledged and forced through. The current proceedings before the ECJ were let by a legal dispute between the French company

Planned reforms on the law on passenger transportation - a chance for bus compan …

While in other European countries the long distance bus transportation system from one city to another is booming, such opportunity is given in Germany only on a limited amount of routes. Reason for this is a decade-old law. However, the envisaged liberalization of the law on passenger transportation might lead to a change and give new opportunities to German and foreign bus companies. In accordance with the current wording of §

Court Reporting Company Enters Agreement to Serve Large Group of Attorneys

Mission Viejo, CA ( openpr ) May 06, 2011 – We are pleased to announce that effective April 2011, CompWest Insurance Company has entered into an exclusive relationship with Maxene Weinberg Agency in an ongoing effort to maintain the highest court reporting standards in the insurance industry. This move is being undertaken in part to leverage the volume of depositions set by attorneys for CompWest Insurance. All new

Press Release – Rep. Ron Paul wins first debate, Herman Cain comes …

Press Release – Rep. Ron Paul wins first debate, Herman Cain comes in second Following the first in the nation GOP presidential primary debate on May 5th, 2011, WEPOLLS.COM is ready to declare Texas Congressman RON PAUL the winner of the contest. In a polling sample of 380 debate watchers, an overwhelming majority, seventy percent (70%), selected REP. RON PAUL as the victor. Considering Mr. Paul’s 2008 enthusiasm and fundraising Raises More Than $5,000 for Mercy Corps' Japan Relief Effort

The Oregon-based Internet retailer raises more than $5,000 for tsunami and earthquake relief HILLSBORO, OR, May 4, 2011 –, one of the country's leading Internet retailers of document finishing machines and supplies, has announced that they raised more than $5,000 in March to support the Mercy Corps' Japan relief effort. Japan was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 9, 2011 which resulted in billions of dollars

SMi Group announce 6th annual RNAi, miRNA and siRNA conference, 27th & 28th June …

SMi Group is proud to announce their 6th annual RNAi, miRNA and siRNA conference, to be held on the 27th & 28th June at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London. This promises to showcase some of the latest successes in siRNA, miRNA and oligonucleotide therapeutic development, as well as bringing together leading KOLs in two panel discussions. One addresses the real use of Epigenetics in RNAi development. The other will take

Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference To Be Hosted By Chicago …

The SMILE Conference™ to be held May 9-11, 2011 CHICAGO, IL (May 4, 2011) – On May 9-11, 2011, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will host the third Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) Conference at Chicago Police Headquarters to discuss the use of social media to improve law enforcement, crime prevention and officer safety. The SMILE Conference brings together one of the largest assemblages of law enforcement professionals

AZA Welcomes Houston Complex Commercial Litigation Lawyer Tim Shelby

HOUSTON – The complex commercial litigation law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Anaipakos is proud to announce the addition of accomplished courtroom attorney Tim Shelby. Mr. Shelby has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top young lawyers in Texas, including multiple appearances in the Texas Rising Stars list based on his expertise in business litigation. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation as well as energy litigation, securities litigation, professional

Oakland County, Michigan Election Results Reported Online Using SOE Software Cla …

[Tampa, Florida] – Oakland County, Michigan officials have posted unofficial results for nineteen contests for the election on May 3, 2011. One hundred seven precincts participated in the special election and nineteen contests were on the ballot. The results of the election, which are being displayed online in conjunction with SOE Software’s Election Night Results software application, can be found at the following url: Unofficial

Contra Costa Special Election Results Hosted Online by SOE Software Election Nig …

[Tampa, Florida] – Contra Costa, California officials have posted the unofficial results for the two contests held for the Special Election on May 3, 2011. Sixteen precincts participated in the special election and two contests were on the ballot. The results of the election, which are being displayed online in conjunction with SOE Software’s Election Night Results software application, can be found at the following url:

Valensi Rose, PLC Partner Michael Morris Interviewed on Big Media USA’s Experts …

Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2011— Valensi Rose, PLC Partner Michael Morris was recently interviewed on the Experts and Leaders Network on Big Media USA, an Internet broadcasting company. Mr. Morris has blended his tax law expertise and a passion for music and entertainment into a practice that is quite unique. His practice areas include tax controversy, transactional matters, estate planning, music, entertainment and general business law. “Combining tax law

How Can Scientific Insights Lead to Real-World Sustainability Solutions?

The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), will host a discussion on “Science for Sustainable Societal Transformations: Towards Effective Governance” on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the German Center for Research and Innovation New York (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets). Join Profs. Klaus Töpfer and Peter Schlosser as they talk about

Gardere partner Thomas Hagemann receives legal writing excellence award

HOUSTON - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP trial partner Thomas Hagemann has been named a winner of the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing for his article, “The Sea and the Mirror: Some Reflections on Corporate Honest Services Fraud and the (Hypothetically) Innocent Corporation.” The award is bestowed on only 30 authors annually from the mass of entries submitted by the 1,000 largest law firms in the United States. Mr. Hagemann

Top LA Employment Attorneys Help Secure $85,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment …

Los Angeles – Expert employment and labor law attorneys of Mesriani Law Group, a leading firm in Los Angeles and southern California, have successfully secured settlement of more than $85,000 for a sexual harassment victim. Records show that the 25-year old victim worked as Assistant Parts Manager for an auto manufacturing company in Calabasas City. According to the victim, she shared an office with one of the supervisors. Since the day she

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