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Meet Outside GC's Budding Novelist: Lew Segal Publishes With All Due Respect

Meet Outside GC's Budding Novelist: Lew Segal Publishes With All Due Respect

December 19, 2016 at 4:32 PM - On-Demand General Counsel


When Jon Levitt refers to his colleagues at Outside GC as a team of highly accomplished, “rock star” attorneys, he is only half-joking. The collective talent of the firm’s 60 lawyers is certainly a point of pride for Levitt and his co-founder and managing partner, Bill Stone. However, when used to describe the career achievements of long-time member, Lew Segal, nothing could seem more fitting.

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Revised Form I-9 Now Available

Revised Form I-9 Now Available

November 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM - Employment Law,

As you may know, federal law requires employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of all employees hired in the United States by completing and retaining a Form I-9 for each employee at the time of hire. This requirement applies to both citizens and non-citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has just released a new version of this form, dated November 14, 2016.

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 4

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 4

October 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM - In-House Lawyers

All of your hard work to this point will culminate in Step 4 – Negotiation. You’ve prepared yourself and your business partner, and secured a commitment from business and legal on the other side to a system with proven results for closing important deals on tight timeline. However, given the nature of business negotiations, this is also the point where things can easily go awry as a result of delayed approvals or worse, a breakdown in the original agreement. The following suggestions are designed to keep negotiations on track and bring the deal across the finish line quickly and efficiently as promised:

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 3

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 3

October 5, 2016 at 8:40 PM - In-House Lawyers

In many ways, Step 3 – Bringing in the Other Side – is the most important component of handling complex deals on a tight deadline. It can also be the most delicate, which is why you must rely heavily on the assistance of your business partner in order to make this happen. In my experience, securing a commitment to expediency from the other side is best achieved by adopting the following approach: 

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 2

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 2

September 28, 2016 at 6:05 PM - In-House Lawyers

After you’ve prepared yourself, it is time to meet with the business person or team responsible for the deal. The goal of Step 2 – Coordinate with your Business Partner(s) – is working through key details of the proposed transaction in order to clarify objectives, define roles and responsibilities, assess preparedness and identify potential obstacles. In doing so, you are also able to establish more reasonable expectations around completing the deal and more importantly not making commitments you are unable to keep. The following is a list of key points to consider at this stage:

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New Overtime Rules for Non-Exempt Employees: Are Your Employees Properly Classified?

New Overtime Rules for Non-Exempt Employees: Are Your Employees Properly Classified?

September 23, 2016 at 4:39 PM - Employment Law

As year-end looms in the distance, it is critical that employers focus on the upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which become effective December 1, 2016.

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

September 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM - Legal Services,

As most seasoned lawyers can attest, the toughest deals usually come with the tightest deadlines and a level of complexity that prevents the use of a templated agreement. Although protecting the client’s interests is always the most important priority, what good is that goal if you can’t get the deal done? In this blog series, we will offer 4 tried-and-true steps for getting tough deals done both skillfully and quickly. This advice will be shared over 4 separate posts, starting with the necessary step of preparing yourself. 

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Deal Accelerators: Put Your Marketing Collateral Compliance on the Fast Track

Deal Accelerators: Put Your Marketing Collateral Compliance on the Fast Track

August 11, 2016 at 12:43 PM - compliance,

A common roadblock faced by business teams is “red flags” relating to the legal compliance of marketing collateral materials. From advertisements to press releases and testimonials, to glossy brochures describing your new products and services, marketing folks are tasked with creating effective messaging to support organizational goals such as new product launches and brand awareness campaigns. However, because of the external nature of these materials, it is important that they comply with a wide variety of laws and regulations (not to mention other best practices) relating to advertising and intellectual property.

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