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The Watson Firm is pleased to announce the addition of new associate, John M. Moore, via The Watson Firm. John M. Moore is a 2019 graduate of the SMU Dedman School of Law and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his tour in Afghanistan, John was involved in numerous combat outpost construction and fortification missions and fortification missions.

From Prosecutor to Defender: Benny Switches Sides on ‘Bull’, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. This column, writes consultant Kacy Miller, is supposed to address the realities and absurdities of jury consulting as depicted in CBS’ “Bull.” But what’s an author to do when the episode has little to no actual jury consulting in the storyline? You dig deep and find something else to write about. So, this week, she’s addressing the scenes that piqued her interest.

How the TABC Regulates On-Premises Promotions for Texas Liquor License Holders, by Martin Powers & Counsel’s Ashley Storm Ruleman. Texas alcoholic beverage law not only regulates who can buy and sell alcohol, but also how alcoholic beverages are advertised and promoted, especially at on-premises retail locations, such as bars and restaurants. TABC attorney Ashley Storm Ruleman explains the Commission’s “On-Premises Promotions” rule – and its exceptions – in this blog post.

Fanciful Technology Aside, Bull Gives Realistic Portrayal of Voir Dire Seed-Planting, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. “Pinch me,” writes trial consultant Kacy Miller. “The voir dire questioning in this week’s episode of ‘Bull’ was actually something I can sink my teeth into. At least as far as the Hollywoodization of jury selection goes.”

The ADEA: Protecting Workers Over Age 40, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Age discrimination is unlawful at both the state and federal level in Texas. In fact, the Texas Labor code expands upon the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, making the regulations applicable to employers with 15 or more employees (the federal law only applies to employers with 20+ employees). Jennifer Spencer explains the top 3 things employees need to know about age discrimination.

Texas Super Lawyers Recognizes Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Beverly Godbey on Annual List, via Amy Stewart Law. Amy Stewart Law Managing Principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Principal Beverly Godbey have both been selected for inclusion on the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list for their expertise in insurance coverage. Additionally, Amy was once again selected for inclusion on the list for the Top 100 lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth and the Top 50 women lawyers in Texas.

Why Advancement Is a Key Component of an Executive Indemnity Agreement, by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Alyson Brown. Company bylaws or governing documents often contain indemnification and advancement provisions. While these provisions provide some degree of protection for senior executives if they are named in claims relating to actions undertaken in their corporate capacities, these general provisions alone may not provide sufficient protection. Executives, explains Alyson Brown, should consider negotiating a separate, written indemnification and advancement agreement with their employer.

CourtroomLogic Consulting, LLC, Named Best Jury Consultant in Dallas, Earns Place in Hall of Fame, via CourtroomLogic Consulting, LLC. CourtroomLogic Consulting, LLC, led by president and founder Kacy Miller, has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as the best jury consultant in Dallas in its annual “Best Of” survey of companies that provide services to the legal profession. CourtroomLogic was also named to the top three in Austin, and has earned a place in the Hall of Fame because of the firm’s history of making the Texas Best list.

Beware the 40-Chicken Alligator, by Michelle May O’Neil. Baby alligators are surprisingly cute. So cute, in fact, that many an unwitting (and, presumably, not very bright) person has adopted one and taken it home. And, for a while, maybe it works out OK. They start out eating a whole chicken a day, which seems a bit excessive, but you can manage a chicken a day. But then, he starts needing 5 chickens every day. Then 15. And, before you know it, your “pet” is downing 40 chickens every single day, your wife has left you, and your home is facing foreclosure. How, asks Michelle O’Neil, do you avoid the 40-chicken alligators in your life?

Benny Returns and Gives “Bull” a Dose of Much-Needed Courtroom Realism, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s, Kacy Miller. This week’s storyline involves a cocktail waitress charged with involuntary manslaughter for over-serving a patron who then went home, killed his ex-wife and four friends, and then died in a suicide by cop. But this wasn’t any cocktail waitress. This was a cocktail waitress with a rich dad who could hire Bull. Kacy Miller has the inside scoop on how this story would really unfold.

Dallas’ Caldwell Cassady & Curry Earns Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame Honors, via Caldwell Cassady & Curry. The Dallas-based intellectual property and business litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry has been named to the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame by the publishers of Texas Lawyer newspaper. Caldwell Cassady & Curry was recognized for winning five of the largest intellectual property verdicts handed down in Texas between 2014 and 2018.

What Every Executive Needs to Know About Cloud Computing Agreements (Part 2), by Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC’s Suzy Fulton. Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements are everywhere in the business world and they are not going away. With 83 percent of enterprise workloads projected to be in the cloud by 2020, are you ready to negotiate better cloud computing agreements that give your company an advantage in the industry? In the first post in this series, Suzy Fulton addressed the pros and cons of license agreements vs. SaaS agreements. In this post she discusses contract negotiation.

Brad Jackson Named Among Texas’ Top Business Litigation Lawyers, via Law Offices of Brad Jackson. Accomplished Dallas attorney Brad Jackson of The Law Offices of Brad Jackson has been selected again as one of the leading business litigation lawyers in Texas on the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list. Brad has earned a spot on the Super Lawyers list since 2004 based on nominations from other attorneys who said they view him as one of the best lawyers in the state for business disputes.

Welcoming Newcomers to America: A Q&A with Sonali Patnaik, via Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC. Board-certified immigration attorney Sonali Patnaik, a first-generation American herself, helps her clients navigate the uncertainty and bureaucracy involved in entering the United States. The key, she says, is to look at the immigration system from a perspective of collaboration rather than opposition. In this Q&A, Sonali discusses the impact her clients have made on how she views her practice, as well as her own personal experiences with travel and exposure to different cultures.

Austin Curry of Dallas’ Caldwell Cassady & Curry Named among Nation’s Leading Intellectual Property Attorneys, via Caldwell Cassady & Curry. Experienced attorney Austin Curry of Dallas’ Caldwell Cassady & Curry has earned selection to the 2019 Rising Stars list of the country’s top lawyers under the age of 40 by the national legal publication Law360. Austin is one of only six IP lawyers in the U.S. recognized on Law360 Rising Stars list.

Brad Caldwell, Jason Cassady Earn Selections to Texas Super Lawyers List, via Caldwell Cassady & Curry. Accomplished attorneys Brad Caldwell and Jason Cassady of the Dallas-based intellectual property and business litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry have been named among the state’s best lawyers in the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Brad has been named to the roster of Texas’ leading attorneys based on nominations from other lawyers. He additionally was named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth. This is the first Super Lawyers honor for Jason, who previously appeared in the companion Texas Rising Stars list for 10 years.

Castañeda Firm’s $145 Million Verdict Named to Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, via The Castañeda Firm. The $145 million verdict in Mesa Petroleum Partners LP v. Baytech LP, et al., handed down by a Pecos jury in November 2016 has been named to Texas Lawyer’s Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, which recognizes the Lone Star State’s largest verdicts from 2014-2018, as reported by VerdictSearch. The jury’s award was the second largest contracts verdict in the state during that time, according to VerdictSearch. In additional recognitions news for Chrysta Castañeda, the founder of The Castañeda Firm has been named to the annual list of Texas Super Lawyers.

Wei Wei Jeang Named a Top Attorney by Multiple Awarding Organizations, via Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC. For her work in intellectual property law, Grable Martin Fulton member Wei Wei Jeang has been honored by Texas Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America©. She will also be recognized as a Top 25 General Counsel by the National Diversity Council at their Diversity General Counsel Breakfast on September 25. The National Diversity Council is a non-profit organization that advocates workforce diversity through diversity training, consulting, programs and education.

Super Lawyers Selects Jennifer Spencer for 11th Year, via Jackson Spencer Law. Employee rights advocate and Jackson Spencer Law founder Jennifer Spencer has been selected to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list for her work in plaintiff’s employment litigation. This year marks Jennifer’s eleventh anniversary appearing on the list of the top attorneys in Texas. This recognition follows her selection to The Best Lawyers in America© last month, for which she was included for her work in commercial litigation.

Chrysta Castañeda Honored at DBJ’s Women in Business Awards Luncheon, via The Castañeda Firm. The Castañeda Firm founder Chrysta Castañeda was honored at the Dallas Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Awards on Aug. 21 at Dallas’ Fairmont Hotel. The award recognizes women for their outstanding professional achievements and contributions to the Dallas business community. In addition to the luncheon, Chrysta and the other honorees were profiled in a special edition of the Dallas Business Journal. Her firm is also featured in a Digital Spotlight on the DBJ website.

Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown Named Among 2019 Texas Super Lawyers, via Clouse Brown. Clouse Brown founders Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown have been named to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list of outstanding attorneys. Both were included for their work in employment law. This marks Alyson’s 10th and Keith’s 17th year on the list.

Attorneys at Dallas’ Caldwell Cassady & Curry Earn Best Lawyers Honors, via Caldwell Cassady & Curry. Accomplished attorneys Brad Caldwell, Jason Cassady and Austin Curry of the Dallas-based intellectual property and business litigation firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry once again are being recognized for their work for clients in The Best Lawyers in America©. Brad and Jason are listed in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers based on their expertise in intellectual property and patent litigation. Austin earned selection for his work in intellectual property litigation.

Law Offices of Brad Jackson Founder Named in Best Lawyers in America, via Law Offices of Brad Jackson. Experienced Dallas attorney Brad Jackson of The Law Offices of Brad Jackson has earned his fifth consecutive selection as one of the country’s top commercial litigation lawyers in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005, Brad is widely known for work for clients in civil lawsuits at both the state and federal level in Dallas and throughout North Texas.

Plaintiffs’ Attorney Chip Brooker of Dallas Named Among Nation’s Best Lawyers, via Brooker Law. Accomplished plaintiffs trial lawyer Chip Brooker of Brooker Law, PLLC, in Dallas once again is being recognized among the best lawyers in the nation based on his work for clients in personal injury cases and nominations from other lawyers. Chip’s expertise in personal injury litigation recently helped him earn his third consecutive selection to The Best Lawyers in America©. He also claimed his first appearance in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers guide.

Jennifer Spencer Celebrates 6th Year on Best Lawyers in America, via Jackson Spencer Law. Jackson Spencer Law founder Jennifer Spencer has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in commercial litigation. This year represents the sixth consecutive year that Jennifer has been included on the list, which is based on a peer-review system. The founder and managing partner of Jackson Spencer Law, Jennifer dedicates her employment law practice to helping employees who have been treated unfairly in the workplace.

You’ve Been WARNed: Protecting Your Company Amid Large-Scale Layoffs and Business Closures, by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Keith Clouse. After filing for bankruptcy last month, retail chain store Charming Charlie was sued by a former employee as part of a proposed class action lawsuit for alleged violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act. The case seeks to recover unpaid wages, commissions, bonuses, and other benefits for the class of employees who were not provided with requisite notice pursuant to the WARN Act. In his blog post, employment attorney Keith Clouse explains how employers can avoid being in a similar situation that Charming Charlie now faces.

Clouse Brown Founders Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020 for Employment Law Expertise, via Clouse Brown PLLC. The Best Lawyers in America© has named Clouse Brown name partners Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown to its 2020 list of outstanding lawyers. Both were recognized for their work in Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment; individually, Keith was recognized for Labor Law – Management and Alyson for Employment Law – Individuals. This is Keith’s sixth year on the list. Bravo!

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