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Amid Pandemic, Some Executives Still Exit with Eye-Popping Severance Packages, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. In this article, employee rights attorney Jennifer Spencer takes a closer look at top-notch severance packages that executives have received since the start of the pandemic. Then, she dives into some of the legal changes that have happened since 2019 and how they may impact severance negotiations in the future. Finally, she offers a few actionable tips for negotiating a severance if an employer is facing workforce reductions.

How to Get Your Spouse out of the House, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Elayna Naftis Erick. Accepting that you need to separate from your spouse is a difficult process. However, no matter how a person comes to that decision and what the reasons are behind it, once a person decides that they need to separate from their spouse, the most common question that comes next is, “Now, how do I get my spouse out of the house?” Family lawyer Elayna Naftis Erick shares some options.

Suzy Fulton Receives Award of Excellence from the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court, via Grable Martin Fulton. Congratulations to Suzy Fulton, who received the Lisa Evert Award of Excellence from the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court. This Inn of Court was established in 2011 and focuses on the intellectual property legal community. Suzy was the co-leader of the Lynn Inn’s 2020-2021 Aeronautics and Astronautics pupilage group.

The White Collar Defense Report® | May 2021 News Roundup, by The Law Offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan Guthrie. The May edition of The White Collar Defense Report® features a Netflix exec, a Magic Mike scheme and a “DWI Dude” attempting to swindle Colombian drug traffickers.

Hallett & Perrin Grows Litigation, Corporate Practice Groups, via Hallett & Perrin. Congratulations to Hallett & Perrin on welcoming four new attorneys to their firm. Shelly Maurer and Tanner McClellan have joined the corporate group, and Sam Fishman and Jesse Beck have joined the litigation group. These additions are the latest in a series of positive milestones at the firm, following the promotions of litigator Elizabeth Fitch and corporate attorney Mark Pendleton to shareholder.

The Top Four Provisions to Look for in a Severance Agreement, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. More often than not, severance agreements are drafted by an employer’s lawyer with provisions to protect the employer and not you, the employee. In this post, employee rights advocate Jennifer Spencer takes a closer look at her top four severance agreement “red flags” and ways employees might mitigate associated risks.

Marital Agreements Must be Followed to be Enforced, by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. Many couples choose to enter into a pre-marital agreement that sets out some of terms of their marriage, including what is and isn’t considered “separate property.” Such agreements can be helpful in the unfortunate event of a divorce — but only if the couple abides by those agreements. Family lawyer Carol Wilson explains what might happen if separate property is used for community purposes.

Do I Need an Attorney for This? | Buying a Home, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Matthew Naftis. When you find yourself asking this question, the answer is usually “yes.” But knowing when to get advice from an attorney is not like knowing when to see a doctor or when to drop your car off at a mechanic. Real estate attorney Matthew Naftis explains the types of circumstances under which you might need an attorney to buy a home.

Congratulations to our clients who have been included on D Magazine‘s list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2021!

The White Collar Defense Report® | April 2021 News Roundup, by The Law Offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan Guthrie. The April edition of The White Collar Defense Report® features ghost cows, Tax Genie and, of course, examples of rampant PPP fraud. Take a look to see what white collar defense attorney Dan Guthrie has included on this month’s rundown of the DOJ’s prosecution priorities.

When a Whistleblower Gets Prosecuted, by The Law Offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan Guthrie. Whistleblowing comes with several inherent risks: harassment, demotion, even getting fired. But it can be even riskier for a whistleblower who has also engaged in illegal activity. A recent case out of federal court in Dallas highlights the tightrope whistleblowers walk. White collar defense attorney Dan Guthrie discusses the case in his latest blog post, and provides suggestions for the steps potential whistleblowers can take if they fear prosecution.

Can You Get Fired if Your Boss Doesn’t Like What You Post on Social Media?, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. In this post, employee rights advocate Jennifer Spencer discuss whether employers can fire their employees for what they post on social media and gives examples of what not to post online. She also takes a brief look at whether criticizing an employer is illegal and what to do with social media accounts in the midst of a lawsuit.

Brousseau Naftis & Massingill Supports Access to Legal Services via Dallas Bar Association Tournament, via Brousseau Naftis & Massingill. Brousseau Naftis & Massingill is pleased to continue their tradition of supporting the Dallas Bar Association’s annual golf tournament by helping players travel from the tee to the green—in other words, by sponsoring the event’s golf carts! The April 29 tournament benefits Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering, the Dallas Bar Association’s own incubator whose mission is to train lawyers to support modest-income individuals and families. The tournament is open to everyone, and all those who are interested in participating can register here.

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