For My Fellow Younger Attorneys Facing a Multitude of Depositions: A Deposition Blueprint and Roadmap – Part I: Personal Well-Being
This article is part one of a two-part series and is meant to provide some guidance, suggestions, and insights for younger attorneys that have little or no deposition experience that are tasked with leading the brigade for their client(s) in taking and defending an array of depositions. Think of this as a blueprint and roadmap for what to expect based on my recent experience as a younger attorney taking around 20 … Read More
JW Way Fundamental #26: Show heartfelt appreciation."Recognize positive contributions of others. Regularly extend meaningful acknowledgment and appreciation. Give sincere, authentic praise."
As stated in last week’s message and now restated for this week —teamwork makes the dream work. In the spirit of the long-waited season of March Madness, I will take my shot at some basketball metaphors for this … Read More
4 Tips to Not Take Yourself Too Seriously
JW Way Fundamental #27: Don’t take yourself too seriously."Maintain a healthy perspective on your work and professional life. There are more important things going on in the world than your daily challenges. And remember to have fun. Fun renews our spirit, keeps us energized, and helps us think more clearly."
Maintain a healthy perspective on your work and professional life. There are more important … Read More
Using Credit Reporting as Debt Collection Strategy Has Changed
Credit scores are important and frequently determine interest rates and can even impact insurance rates. For many years, judgment creditors could enforce their judgments in a variety of ways. Prior to 2017, judgment creditors often enjoyed passive enforcement. A judgment debtor might have been motivated to resolve the judgment to improve their credit score, obtain more favorable financing, or have the judgment … Read More
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 – an Estate Planner’s Perspective
One of the best things about working with someone or a couple on their estate plan is that a primary goal is usually to take care of their children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. I enjoy getting to know the families, hearing their stories, and helping them make sure future generations will be protected and cared for.
Because their focus is on others, many clients do not think about making sure they are … Read More
President Biden Signs Executive Order Potentially Expanding Scope of Title IX Protections
On March 8, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order indicating it is the policy of the Biden administration “that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free of from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.& … Read More
Can Arizona Schools and Employers Require Students and Employees to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19?
Governor Ducey recently signed an executive order requiring Arizona schools to reopen for in-person learning by March 15, 2021. Additionally, many employers that have allowed employees to work remotely during the pandemic are now asking them to return to the office. Although there are many factors at play, the fact that vaccines are now more readily available likely has played a role in the shift towards in-person … Read More
Congress Creates a Small Claims Court for Copyright Infringement (The CASE Act)
The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the “CASE Act”) was buried in the enormous COVID relief and stimulus bill (i.e., the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021) and signed into law on December 27, 2020. Copyright owners and accused infringers should take note of the advantages and limitations of the new “small claims” court created by the CASE … Read More
Force Majeure And The Coronavirus Pandemic A Case Law Update
I have previously written about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on force majeure provisions in a commercial contract. A force majeure clause may excuse a party from performing its contract because of an unforeseen disaster. Whether it does depends on what the clause says and the particular facts and circumstances of each case. See “Does Your Contract Have a Force Majeure Clause and Can You … Read More
Congress Hands Trademark Owners New Tools to Fight Infringers and Challenge Fraudulent Registrations: The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020
The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “TMA”) was buried in the enormous COVID relief and stimulus bill (i.e., the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021), signed into law on December 27, 2020. The TMA amends federal trademark law in several significant ways of which trademark owners should take note.
Rebuttable Presumption of Irreparable Harm.
One of the most important types of … Read More