TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Newsletter Summary
- 2017 LAW Regional Meetings
- PDPA Alert: Proposed Changes Affecting the Transfer of Personal Data Outside Malaysia
- Summary of Hearing Rules for Adjudication of Trademark Review Cases
- Early Summer 2017 U.S. Business Immigration Update
- LAW Groups’ Highlights
- Member Highlights
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The European Employment Group (EEG) met in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK at the offices of Ledingham Chalmers before the start of the 2017 EAME Regional Meeting. The EEG also had an in-person meeting in January in Paris, France at the offices of BCW & Associés. They continue to build on their strong LAW relationships, working to help their clients with multi-jurisdictional needs in the employment law area. The EEG is also working on developing its own website. The new site is intended to provide information for current and potential clients on the full range of labour and employment law services available through the LAW network’s experienced labour and employment lawyers. The EEG has quarterly teleconferences.
The Latin Americas Subregion met in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the offices of Morris, Manning & Martin before the start of the 2017 Americas Regional Meeting. The group is planning an event before the Miami AGM in October. The event will cover legal issues of greatest concern to multinationals doing business in Latin America. The Latin Americas Subregion meets bi-monthly.
The Canadian Subregion delegates to the Americas Regional Meeting met with officials at the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta prior to the regional meeting. The group also had a breakfast meeting in Atlanta. Earlier in the year, the group had an in-person subregional meeting in Vancouver, hosted by Watson Goepel. The group continues to have quarterly conference calls.
The U.S. Eastern Americas Subregion met for the first time in March and has initiated a Skype networking schedule where the subregion’s firms are paired and meet via Skype over the lunch hour. The purpose is to get to know the capabilities of the other subregional members as well as the individual attorneys who participate in the calls. They also followed up their first teleconference with a breakfast meeting at the Americas Regional Meeting in Atlanta. The group will meet quarterly.
The U.S./Canada Employment Law Group is planning its first in-person meeting in Chicago in September at the offices of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The group is also posting articles on U.S. and Canadian employment law issues on the LAW site on the Specialty Groups tab. The group has quarterly teleconferences.
The LAW Junior Lawyer Network (JLN) had events this year at each of the LAW regional meetings in Atlanta (USA), Aberdeen (Scotland), and Adelaide (Australia). At the Americas JLN event, the attendees learned about the multi-generational task force at Morris, Manning & Martin, had a roundtable discussion on the JN and current and future programming. In Adelaide at the Asia Pacific JLN meeting, the group met with consultant Carl White on 'How to make clients feel great about using your legal services'. Ward Keller attorney and JLN Committee Chair Kevin Kadirgamar presented on 'How to build a new practice area from scratch'. He shared his personal experience in setting up a migration practice within Ward Keller. In Aberdeen prior to the EAME Region Meeting, JLN members met at Ledingham Chalmers offices. The JLN attorneys from the region heard Ledingham’s Chair and Partner Jennifer Young present on her career path and her advice to the group on how to develop their own practices. Washington D.C. attorney Bill Savarino, partner at Cohen Mohr spoke to the attorneys on the implications of the political changes in the U.S. on worldwide legal markets, trends in the U.S. and European legal markets and how junior lawyers can develop their own practice.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin (MMM) represents Macstadium in growth capital funding for MacStadium, which provides hosted cloud solutions to software developers in over 50 countries around the world. With operations in Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada and Dublin, Ireland, the company has deployed more than 10,000 Mac Minis and Mac Pros and serves more than 2,500 customers. MacStadium was #44 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 List and #20 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List for North America.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Sassoon & Cymrot
Lew Sassoon was recently the marshal for the 110th commencement of Suffolk University Law School. He was honored to be the marshal as the chairman of the deans cabinet of the law school and had led fundraising for over 1 million dollars in scholarships in 2017. Suffolk is among the largest law schools in the USA and is a school of opportunity for all. It has over 25,000 alumni of which a great percentage of the judges and elected officials from Massachusetts are graduates.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP for the 15th consecutive year as a leading law firm. The guide is the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews, carried out by the largest research team of its kind. Chambers recognizes nine of the firm’s partners and counsel, including a Band 1 ranking for Michael N. Ungar, chair of Ulmer’s litigation department.
Santos Elizondo is a new member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide network. The firm serves national and multinational clients, banking, financial, insurance institutions, corporations, associations, as well as individuals. The practice areas included are corporate, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, tax planning, labor, general administrative, and estate planning and probate. The corporate practice includes: general corporate; mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment; antitrust; finance and banking; capital markets; real estate; and insolvency and restructuring. The litigation practice protects and counsels clients in all litigation issues, representing plaintiffs and defendants. The key areas in which Santos Elizondo practices include: commercial, contract and shareholders' disputes as well as family, tax and criminal proceedings. Partners Mario Zambrano Abrego and Carlos de la Garza Santos are the LAW contacts.
San Diego, California, USA
Klinedinst PC has promoted five of its Southern California attorneys to Shareholder. The new Shareholders include Nadia Bermudez, Thomas Daugherty, Jeffrey Groendal, Sarah Lanham, and Leah Plaskin, who serve clients from Klinedinst offices across California. Nadia Bermudez is a key member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Department. As a seasoned employment attorney, Ms. Bermudez provides employment counseling to both public and private employers in the face of an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Thomas Daugherty has extensive experience as an employment attorney and plays an important role in the firm’s Employment and Labor Group. Mr. Daugherty is dedicated to quality client service and business development and has created numerous opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Jeffrey Groendal has distinguished himself in both transactional and litigation work. Mr. Groendal has broad experience in corporate counsel work, M&A and general business transactions, real estate transactions and litigation, employment counseling and litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property registration and litigation. Sarah Lanham has focused her practice within the business litigation and professional liability defense groups. Ms. Lanham is a voracious advocate who enjoys fighting for her clients’ rights, while at the same time has the business acumen and common sense to keep her practice reasonable and efficient. Leah Plaskin focuses her practice on professional liability defense, especially in the area of legal malpractice, and appellate matters in the San Diego office. Ms. Plaskin has exhibited an unwavering dedication to the firm while continually improving and honing her lawyering skills.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
Stokes Lawrence is a new member of the Lawyers Associated Worldwide network. The firm's client base is comprised primarily of privately held businesses; however, it also has several Fortune 500 corporate clients and high net worth individual clients. The firm represents clients in a variety of Northwest industries, and has a strong agriculture practice, working with clients on all aspects of their businesses, including formation, real estate, employment, regulatory compliance, distribution and day-to-day agricultural operations. Kelly Triss Noonan and Shannon Jost are the LAW contacts for Stokes Lawrence.
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Broad and Cassel
Broad and Cassel announced that two of its South Florida managing partners, Patricia Lebow and Mark Raymond, have received Professional Excellence Awards from the Daily Business Review. Patricia Lebow is one of just three attorneys in South Florida receiving a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors those individuals who have had a notable career and made a significant impact on the practice of law in Florida. She was commended for having founded the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel in 1983 and having represented clients with integrity over her 43-year career. Mark Raymond is received the Distinguished Leaders in Law award, which honors individuals who have achieved noteworthy results in the past year and demonstrated valuable leadership skills at the same time. With more than 25 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, Raymond is highly regarded in the legal community for his ability to assist clients in addressing and extricating themselves from difficult and potentially costly situations, often without litigation.
Four Broad and Cassel managing partners have been named to the 2017 Power Leaders in Law list by the South Florida Business Journal. This year marks their fifth time on the list. The managing partners are Jeff Deutsch, Gabriel Imperato, Patricia Lebow and Mark Raymond.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Bell, Davis & Pitt P.C.
Kevin Williams has been elected president of Bell, Davis & Pitt. He was elected by the firm’s board of directors in February, and his term began April 1. Kevin Williams specializes in civil litigation and has practiced at the firm for almost 20 years. The firm, with offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, currently has 36 attorneys across a broad range of practice groups.
Attorney Andrew A. Freeman has been elected to the position of director at the firm. He focuses his practice on civil litigation. He litigates matters in all levels of trial and appellate courts, including business, employment, banking, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, real estate, and wills, trusts and estates matters.
Bell, Davis & Pitt will contribute $10,000 a year over six years to Project Impact, an educational initiative benefitting at-risk students who are pre-K eligible or who attend Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The contributions total $60,000 for Project Impact’s ongoing efforts and programs aimed at improving third-grade reading and math proficiency and closing literacy gaps.
Bell, Davis & Pitt has announced that its Charlotte office has moved to a new space as of the end of May. The move comes as a part of the firm’s expanded presence in the Charlotte market.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Ben Farmer, employment law partner at Clelands, recently completed mentorship of five final-year Flinders University Law School students. He assisted them with queries and questions relating to their transition from students to the workforce.
Kamthorn, Surachet & Somsak
Kamthorn, Surachet & Somsak has rejoined the Lawyers Associated Worldwide network. The firm's clients include multinational corporations, airlines, governments, advertising agencies, real estate developers, banks, industrial companies, private power producers, international software developers, caterers, hoteliers, among others. Kamthorn Ounhirunskul and Anuchai Autchayawat are the LAW contacts for the firm.
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Ward Keller immigration attorney Kevin Kadirgamar was quoted in a New York Times article "Australia Plans to Raise More Barriers to Citizenship". The April 2017 article by Damien Cave covered the proposed changes which would tighten immigration and citizenship requirements in Australia.
Hong Kong, P.R. China
W.K. To & Co.
On June 1, W. K. To & Co. successfully co-hosted with the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (HKCCA) a seminar on Anti- Money Laundering: Essential Training for Service Providers. The seminar was well attended with over 50 in-house counsels and head of legal from top tier multinational companies, financial institutions, insurance and banking corporations, governmental and regulatory bodies. Senior Partner Vincent To Partner But Sun Wai and Senior Associate Ronald To covered the latest trends and legal framework of AML, case studies and practical suggestions and tips for an effective AML. It was an opportunity for those attending to stay updated of the current AML developments in light of the toughening regulatory requirements.
MDP & Partners
MDP & Partners is the newest member of the Lawyers Associated Worldwide network. MDP & Partners is a full-service law firm, strategically located in Mumbai, serving domestic and international clients across diverse practice areas and sectors. Among its areas of practice are the following: arbitration and litigation; real estate; project finance; corporate and commercial; intellectual property; media and entertainment; capital markets; trade laws; estates, trusts and personal client work; and foreign exchange and anti-money laundering laws. Partners Nishit Chruva and Prakash Shinde are the LAW contacts for the new member firm.
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
LAVAN has established a First Nations practice group. It is Australia’s first dedicated team of legal practitioners committed to providing comprehensive services to Prescribed Bodies Corporate and other Aboriginal organizations. The team will assist native title holders and groups to manage and protect native title rights and interests to improve their communities’ economic, social and cultural wellbeing through opportunities presented by agreements on their traditional country. Native title groups negotiate thousands of agreements with governments, companies and pastoralists who seek access to their country. LAVAN will use its on-the-ground experience to advise traditional owners on how they can optimized those opportunities and benefits from the wealth created by projects on country.
In March 2017 as part of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Local Enterprise Week, Amorys Solicitors, in association with JCI Dublin Southside, hosted a mock Workplace Relations Commission tribunal in the Beacon Hotel, Sandyford, Dublin. At the mock hearing, business leaders and HR professionals experienced the theatre of the Workplace Relations Commission, learned how the process works and are now fully equipped to minimize the risk of claims, prepare for tribunals and successfully defend a claim for unfair dismissal. The tribunal was presided over by Davnet O’Driscoll, WRC Adjudicator designate and solicitor with Amorys Solicitors. Stephen Fitzpatrick BL, barrister, and Deirdre Farrell, solicitor also with Amorys represented the parties.
WILDGEN S.A. is a new member of the Lawyers Associated Worldwide network. It regularly represents Fortune 500 companies and a wide variety of closely and publicly held corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses and individuals, investment funds, pension funds, private equity houses as well as leading banking and financial institutions and leading insurance and reinsurance service providers. Michel Bulach and David Mari are the LAW contacts for WILDGEN.
ADN Law, in cooperation with the Swedish Association of Company Lawyers, held a number of seminars on IT law and intellectual property law in the first half of 2017. The seminars were held in Stockholm and Gothenburg and addressed a variety of legal topics. Among these were the following: the formulation of adequate and valid non-disclosure agreements and the protection of trade secrets in commercial relationships; the licensing and acquisition of rights; dispute resolution regarding intellectual property and its effect on the companies’ agreements; and news regarding the field of intellectual property and other nearby branches of law.
Fiebinger Polak & Partner
Fiebinger Polak & Partner is a new Lawyers Associated Worldwide network member. It provides advice in all aspects related to corporate law and in transactions at home and abroad, from the start-up to going public, from corporate & project finance to M&A and financing. Fiebinger Polak & Partner’s practice areas include the following: corporate law / mergers & acquisitions; competition law / antitrust law; litigation and arbitration; energy law; banking and capital market law; life sciences / pharmaceutical law; art law; real estate and construction law; employment law; and infrastructure & public procurement law. Partners Peter Polak and Mark Rammelmüller are the LAW contacts for Fiebinger Polak & Partner.