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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Non-compete agreements are not always well-received in court. If a non-compete agreement is thrown out, a person may not have to comply with it. “Non-compete agreements are quite popular with employers, but a person bound by one may not have to comply with it. Most non-compete agreements state that an employee may not compete with an employer’s business for a designated time period after leaving the job, They may restrict who you work for, where your future job may be located and even the industry in which you work. Sometimes, it’s […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – The Office of the Michigan Attorney General has published two new legal guides designed to help Michigan servicemembers, veterans and their families. The first guide, the “Michigan Military and Veterans Legal Service Guide,” provides a comprehensive listing of legal resources to help Michigan veterans access benefits and protections in a range of areas including healthcare, education, employment and housing. The second guide, “The Michigan Guide to Military Family Law,” focuses specifically on explaining the rights of military families when facing issues in civilian family court. According to the Michigan Department of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – An appeals court upheld a judgment against an oil and gas giant that backed out of a deal to buy Texas leaseholds. Chesapeake Energy lost its appeal of a $121 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by Preston Exploration and two other parties, who said they had finalized a deal to sell over 500 leaseholds to the company. In continuing bad news for Chesapeake, a Texas school district and newspaper filed separate lawsuits against the company, alleging underpayment of royalties. Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the lawsuits, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – In 2014’s June/July Issue, BLF takes a two-pronged approach to maximizing your law firm’s business potential. With strategies to attract, accommodate and keep your web visitors, BLF helps lawyers reach out to prospective clients. Then, to build your firm from within, the issue covers new technologies and new mindsets to enhance your expertise and marketing impact. This issue’s feature advises legal marketing teams to “Design for All.” More and more seniors are heading online – in fact, they belong to the fastest-growing web demographic. Yet few websites cater to their unique […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2014 – SEO | Law Firm, an Adviatech company, was awarded Best in Category in the Horizon Interactive Awards for work on the McDevitt Law Office website. While family law can sometimes create bitter disputes, attorney Lisa Lane McDevitt wanted her web visitors to feel at home, surrounded by a warm design. The site was built to make users feel as though they are sitting in a family room, utilizing several interactive features (none of which rely on Flash). The unique design of the McDevitt Law Office website, www.mcdevittlaw.net, caught the attention of […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – At its Conference & Expo in Toronto this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its board of directors for 2014-15. Leading the association and serving as President for 2014-15 is Paula Barnes of Burr & Forman in Nashville, Tennessee and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP in Rochester, New York continuing his service as Past President of the Board. The Board includes the following individuals: President: Paula K. Barnes Burr & Forman, LLP Nashville, TN President-Elect: Teresa Walker Waller Lansden […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) presented The “Outstanding Association Volunteer Award” to five ALA members for his/her exceptional and continued service at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Toronto. 2014 Outstanding Association Award recipients include: 1. Roslyn Hazzard, Human Resources Director of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana. (Indiana Chapter) Hazzard has served in both regional and national leadership roles since 1993, including Regional Officer and Region 3 Director. She also participated on the 2010 Conference Committee and most recently on […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) IDEA Awards program recognizes new practices that deliver great value and transformational impact to the legal community through innovative achievement. Awards are presented to ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms, or organizations (including business partners) that create unique and innovative programs, services, and events. Recipients of the inaugural IDEA Awards include: ALA Regions 1 & 3 Conference Planning Team: “Transgender Insights & Perspectives” The team convened a panel of transgendered legal professionals to address conference attendees in October 2013. Through a candid and honest dialogue, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – In 2014’s March/April Issue, BLF helps legal professionals tone and strengthen their marketing approach with new services, tools and tactics. In this issue’s feature, “The Strength of Google Plus,” James Ambroff-Tahan draws focus to the surprising power of the once-struggling social network. Integration with the world’s most popular search engine links your profile to other powerful web forces, including YouTube, while its Circles allow you to target your key demographics precisely. Your Google Plus content, keywords and hashtags can attract more potential clients in their own right — and they can […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – Each year, the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ) selects a Legal Champion, an individual who has profoundly impacted the system of support for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill in the state of New Jersey. This year, the organization has selected Begley Law Group attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. for the honor. The Legal Champion Award recognizes a legal professional whose “concerted efforts, leadership, commitment and acute knowledge of this special area of law [have been] used to elevate the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.” Begley’s 50-year […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing’s new Legal Marketing Lab digs in to their vast library of stats to see how many visits it takes to convert a lead. To find out how many times a visitor visited a law firm’s website before contacting them, the Adviatech company that works with midsized to large law firms, Custom Legal Marketing, examined 70,000 leads from various practice areas in multiple cities across the U. S. The leads examined were only those that filled out online contact forms and were considered to be unique visitors. A […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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The law firm marketing company will be giving a stemless wine glass set to a subscriber every week for the next six weeks. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2014 – The newest addition to Adviatech’s portfolio of marketing companies, Custom Legal Marketing, has coined the phrase “First Class Legal Marketing.” Now, the San Francisco-based company is offering lawyers a drink before takeoff. Starting March 19th, Custom Legal Marketing will give away a pair of stemless wine glasses to a CLM Weekly subscriber. CLM Weekly is the company’s free email newsletter, offering law firms marketing tips and advice […]


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They call it the first class cabin of law firm marketing: the new Custom Legal Marketing brand from Adviatech promises a new experience from a not-so-new company. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – Last year, Google’s Panda and Penguin updates forced many law firms to stop focusing solely on links and rankings for search engine marketing. Under Google’s changes, law firms have begun to see search engine strategies from a public relations and content perspective. It is no longer enough to be page-one-rank-one for generic keywords. People are searching conversationally with Google Now and Siri, and […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – Attorney Alex Hernandez Jr., normally practices on the plaintiff side of the bar but when a small business owner called him and told him she was being sued Hernandez stepped in and represented the small business owner on the defensive side. The small business owner had no insurance and was being sued for over six figures. Hernandez litigated the case for over a year and at the end it was his client who got the best end of the deal, they settled for pennies compared to what the small business […]


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Provides pre-claim and risk mitigation consultation for small firms and solo practitioners Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – In an era of complex litigation, advice and counsel before a potential claim arises goes a long way towards mitigating risk. As part of its value-added services to lawyers’ professional liability customers, AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd. and A. M. Best “A” rated insurance carrier, United States Fire Insurance Company (part of Crum & Forster insurance group), have launched a new hotline that allows policyholders to seek advice prior to submitting a claim. This is one of an array of […]


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CHICAGO, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – DRI – What: DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar has experts available to speak about the impact of the Supreme Court case Wal-Mart v. Dukes Who: R. Matthew Cairns, DRI President and Marc Williams, DRI Past President Why: The landmark Wal-Mart v. Dukes case has far-reaching implications for both Title VII class actions and for class actions more generally. Had the Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the district court and the Ninth Circuit, the effect could have been a dramatic expansion of the circumstances in which class certification […]


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