Welcome to TMT Perspectives. We want to start this publication by asking two simple questions: First, aside from lack of capital, what is most common to technology businesses? And second, what are the skills and qualities that underlie superior growth by middle market companies?
Now that the first presidential debate has taken place, and as the country heads into the last month of campaigning in this election year, employers should make certain that their personnel policies properly address political activities in the workplace. Such policies should require managers, supervisors, and employees to show respect across political-party lines to avoid internal conflicts.
Thanks to all who came and attended our employment law seminar at the Hartford Club today. As a reminder, we’re running another one on October 18th. More information is available here. At today’s seminar, we talked about the need for companies to implement a social media policy and also about how social media can get out of control quickly.
The first Presidential debate included a good deal of focus on the tax reform plans of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and exposed a concept common to both that some might have missed in the hard-charging exchanges. If you itemize your deductions, depending on the level of your income, you may want to pay attention.
I am starting to see a trend… and for once it’s a good one. First, we saw Capital One forced to repay customers after using deceptive sales techniques. Last week, Discover was fined for deceptive telemarketing. This time, the culprit is American Express, whose offense is — surprise, surprise — more deceptive sales tactics (not to mention violations of several consumer protection laws).
Last week I attended the State Bar of Michigan’s Information Technology Law Section Seminar, Core Legal Issues in a High-Tech Business World. It was a great overall day of presentations. One presentation that stood out from a business owner’s perspective, however, was given by attorney Leigh Taggart – Protecting Software Trade Secrets.
When someone calls or emails looking for help on a legal problem it usually takes less than 5 minutes on the phone or 1 email exchange to know whether I can help them. Many times, people are calling about an area of the law in which I do not practice. It’s also common for people to call about getting—for lack of a better legal term—screwed.
- Be purposeful looking for “First to Market” opportunities. If you read the Wall Street Journal today, look at business articles to figure out how what is going on in the world will have future legal impacts on your clients.
We all know that lawyers can argue either side of an issue. And be damn right in doing so. When it comes to marketing and business development sometimes it’s better to just face the facts. Often times the only criteria that is being used for an initiative is… “Other lawyers and law firms do it.” In my book that does not make it right for you or your law firm.