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Megan Dixon Joins Clouse Brown’s Team of Executive Employment Attorneys, via Clouse Brown. Clouse Brown is building its roster of executive employment lawyers with the addition of Megan Dixon, an attorney with experience handling a broad range of litigation matters for employers and employees before administrative agencies, state and federal courts, and arbitration tribunals. Welcome to the firm, Megan!

Hallett & Perrin Grows Litigation, Transactional Practices with Five New Attorneys, via Hallett & Perrin. Building its litigation and transactional practices, Hallett & Perrin is pleased to introduce its purposefully chosen bench of attorneys who have joined the firm this year:

Congratulations to the new hires!

Texas Lawyer Names María Amelia Calaf Diversity and Inclusion Champion, via Wittliff | Cutter. Congratulations to Wittliff | Cutter managing partner María Amelia Calaf (aka MAC) on her recognition by Texas Lawyer for championing diversity within the legal community. Honored in the publication’s annual “Texas Legal Awards” issue, she is one of 10 attorneys throughout the state who have been selected as “Diversity and Inclusion Champions” for their work in promoting inclusive practices and supporting diverse attorneys.

Retail Co-Tenancy Provisions: Why Landlords Hate Them and Why Tenants Say They Can’t Live Without Them, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Matthew G. Naftis. Since the boom of national retail in 1980s and 1990s, national retailers increasingly insisted on using their own forms of lease, or at the very least, incorporating tenant-friendly provisions typically not found in landlord-generated forms. One tenant-friendly concept that rose to prominence during this period is the co-tenancy provision. In this article, business lawyer Matthew Naftis explains why national retail tenants often insist on incorporating this concept into their leases and offers some suggestions to landlords who want to avoid potential disasters.

Bankruptcy Boutique Forshey Prostok LLP and Firm’s Name Partners Earn Prestigious Chambers USA Ranking, via Forshey Prostok. Congratulations to bankruptcy boutique Forshey Prostok LLP and veteran bankruptcy specialists Robert Forshey and Jeff Prostok on being recognized for their years of work on behalf of debtors and creditors in the prestigious Chambers USA ranking of the country’s leading lawyers.

Most Businesses Need a Website. All Websites Need Policies. by Luna Law’s Rachel Luna. Much like having a website is an important part of your business development, implementing appropriate website policies is critical to protect your business from unintended liability. Small business attorney Rachel Luna provides guidance related to certain recommended website policies in her latest post.

What To Do When You Think Your Spouse Is Hiding Money, by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. In her latest blog post, family lawyer Carol Wilson says she frequently hears from clients that they suspect their spouse is hiding money, which would be a violation of that spouse’s fiduciary duty. She provides a list of questions follow-up questions she asks her clients when she receives this type of news.

New Houston Law Firm Alavi Anaipakos Earns Chambers USA Rankings for Intellectual Property Expertise, via Alavi Anaipakos. Less than two months since its launch, the Houston intellectual property and commercial litigation law firm Alavi Anaipakos has earned an exclusive 2022 Chambers USA ranking as one of the top law firms in Texas for intellectual property matters.

Uber Runs Out of Gas in Drive to Dismiss Texas Patent Infringement Claims, by Alavi Anaipakos’ Masood Anjom. The popular Uber ride hailing/delivery company got some bad news in Waco, Texas, a few days ago by way of a court order denying the company’s request to dismiss a series of patent infringement claims filed by Texas-based LBT IP II, LLC. Patent attorney Masood Anjom analyzes the order and what it means for companies and lawyers with pending patent infringement matters in the Western District .

Key Takeaways from Recent USPTO Guidance for PTAB Proceedings, by Alavi Anaipakos’ Masood Anjom. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal is quickly using her authority to issue binding agency guidance to “course correct” how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) reviews patents. On June 21, Vidal issued a memorandum regarding when the PTAB may deny patent reviews based on parallel litigation. The guidance delivers new wrinkles in how the PTAB’s precedential decision in Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc. will be applied going forward. Patent lawyer Masood Anjom shares the key takeaways.

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.

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