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Two Wittliff | Cutter Attorneys Named to Texas’ Best Lawyers 2022, via Wittliff | Cutter. Congratulations to Wittliff | Cutter partner Asra Syed and senior counsel Sherri Wilson, who have been selected to the annual Texas’ Best Lawyers list. The list identifies the state’s top attorneys based on that corresponding year’s Best Lawyers in America list.

Law Office of Alex Martinez Grows Immigration Practice with New Associate, Jorge De La Fuente, via The Law Office of Alex Martinez. The Law Office of Alex Martinez is pleased to announce that Jorge De La Fuente has joined the firm as an associate. Jorge will work with our immigration team to counsel clients on family visas, deportation, citizenship and naturalization, business and work visas, and other related matters. A native Spanish and English speaker, Jorge has a broad range of experience handling immigration issues.

What Qualifies as a Hostile Work Environment? by Jackson Spencer Law’s Neal Bridges. It can be hard to tell when a work environment has crossed the line from simply difficult to openly hostile. Many workers don’t know what qualifies as a hostile work environment, and as a result, they might not report harassment or other inappropriate behavior. In this article, employment attorney Neal Bridges discusses what constitutes a hostile work environment, what does not, and what to do if you experience one.

Can We Avoid Probate with One Little Deed? Transfer on Death Deeds in Texas, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Cynthia Dooley. Probating a valid will is a relatively simple process, but it can still take a few months and cost a few thousand dollars. Can we make it even easier for those we leave behind? Wills, trusts and estates attorney Cynthia Dooley provides some clarification on whether a TODD could be a helpful estate-planning tool.

How Are Retirement Plans Divided in Divorce? by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. Retirement plans are divided as a part of the overall property division in the divorce. It does not matter which spouse earned the retirement money that was accumulated during the marriage. Family lawyer Carol Wilson has the details.

Sherri Wilson Named to Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee, via Wittliff | Cutter. Congratulations to Wittliff | Cutter senior counsel Sherri Wilson on being named to the 2022 Steering Committee for the State Bar of Texas’ Texas Minority Counsel Program. The TMCP was created in 1993 with the mission of increasing opportunities for diverse attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and governmental clients.

When Do I Need a Religious Discrimination Lawyer? via Jackson Spencer Law. Religious discrimination claims can be complex, explains the firm, especially when facing an employer’s legal team and an uninformed company. That’s why it helps to have the guidance and expertise of employees’ rights lawyers on your side. They explain what employees should know, including next steps, in this overview.

Meet Our Intern, Nayeli Lara, via Wittliff | Cutter. Wittliff | Cutter is pleased to introduce their intern, Nayeli Lara. Nayeli is a pre-law government and sociology major at The University of Texas at Austin, class of 2023. Welcome to the firm, Nayeli!

When Do I Need a Military Discrimination Lawyer? via Jackson Spencer Law. The latest entry in the firm’s series on workplace discrimination, the employment attorneys at Jackson Spencer Law explain what military discrimination looks like – it’s not limited to active duty – and what to do if this type of discrimination occurs in the workplace.

Heim, Payne & Chorush, Firm Partners Mike Heim, Les Payne Earn Repeat Chambers USA Honors, via Heim, Payne & Chorush. Intellectual property litigation boutique Heim, Payne & Chorush and firm partners Mike Heim and Les Payne have earned repeat recognition by Chambers USA, one of the most respected global guides to lawyers and law firms. The firm is among only 11 law firms in the top three bands in the Texas intellectual property guide. It is the only boutique-sized firm in the rankings.

Formidable Trial Lawyers Amir Alavi, Demetrios Anaipakos Launch Houston Law Firm Alavi Anaipakos, via Alavi Anaipakos. Accomplished trial lawyers Amir Alavi and Demetrios Anaipakos announce the launch of Alavi Anaipakos, a global intellectual property and commercial litigation firm based in Houston. The firm opens with 9 accomplished commercial and intellectual property trial lawyers. Alavi Anaipakos’ already deep bench is impressive, with prominent litigation attorneys Masood Anjom, Michael McBride, and Scott Clark as partners; Brian Simmons, Joshua Wyde, Justin Chen, and Steve Jugle as of counsel. Congratulations to the firm on their launch.

Divorce Defamation Also Applies to Non-Celebrities, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Elayna Naftis Erick. Many of us have been glued to our television sets watching the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The most interesting aspect of this trial from a legal perspective, writes attorney Elayna Naftis Erick, is that the basis of Mr. Depp’s complaint is not the allegation of domestic violence made by Ms. Heard in her petition for divorce or request for a restraining order filed in their divorce proceeding in 2016, but rather the statements made by Ms. Heard in an op ed piece published in The Washington Post two years later.

Keeping Separate Property Separate, by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. One of the most financially complex aspects of a divorce is property division. Untangling years, often decades, worth of jointly owned property is challenging. Even more challenging, however, is determining which property rightly belongs to only one member of the couple. Family lawyer Carol Wilson explains how it’s done.

Man With Anxiety Disorder Awarded $450,000 For Forced Birthday Celebration, by Jackson Spencer Law’s James Hunnicutt. A jury recently awarded a man with an anxiety disorder $450,000 after his employer failed to heed his warnings about celebrating his birthday. The man had requested that the company not celebrate his birthday out of fear that it would cause him a panic attack and worsen his condition. Unfortunately, the company threw him a party anyway, which caused the man to have a panic attack. Within days, the man was terminated from his position. In this article, employee advocate James Hunnicutt discuss the case, its outcome, and the laws that were violated.

When Do You Need a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer? Via Jackson Spencer Law. In this overview, the attorneys at Jackson Spencer Law explain that pregnancy discrimination is prohibited under several federal laws, including: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws prohibit employers from discriminating against pregnant employees, recently pregnant employees, or those who have recently given birth.

When Do You Need a Disability Discrimination Lawyer? Via Jackson Spencer Law. Discrimination against disabled employees is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law that provides protection for individuals in the workplace and prohibits discrimination based on disability. With this overview from Jackson Spencer Law, those who suspect they might be facing disability discrimination can learn more about their situations.

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