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When Should a Startup Hire a Lawyer?

When should a young company start to think about engaging legal counsel? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question – a startup should assess its status as an organization, its goals and future needs and its...more

Waiver of Attorney-Client and Work-Product – You Can’t Be Just a Little Bit Pregnant

A recent Mississippi opinion dramatically underscores the dangers of an advice-of-counsel defense. In Willis v. Allstate Ins. Co., — F.Supp.2d —, 2014 WL 1882387 (S.D.Miss., May 12, 2014), the court held that the insurer had...more

Study Shows Hiring an Attorney Gives You a Better Chance of Registering Your Trademark

Preparing a trademark application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office? A recent study shows that hiring an experienced trademark attorney to guide you through the process can give you a much better chance of...more

Solicitor General Tells Supreme Court that Legal Advice is Property

Is the advice of an attorney intangible property that can be taken by taken by extortion under the Hobbs Act? On April 23, 2013, this precise question was presented to the Supreme Court of the United States during oral...more

Federal Court Sets Guidelines for Denying Attorney-Client Privilege on Communications

Hiring a lawyer for a general counsel role – either in-house or by retaining outside counsel to perform that role – can benefit organizations in countless ways. Unlike outside attorneys who are consulted on a piecemeal basis,...more

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