The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
Leaders of higher education institutions today face challenges and opportunities unlike anything their predecessors encountered. As student and faculty populations grow more diverse, the rules and values governing campus life are evolving and becoming more complex at a faster rate.
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Clients rely on Jason for strategic counsel regarding a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including: Qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, including pension and 401(k) plans; Health and welfare plans, including Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance; Nonqualified deferred compensation plans; Multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans; and compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
Cameron brings a broad focus to his work advocating for clients in the agribusiness, food and beverage, and energy industries. He assists clients in navigating the state and federal regulatory process and evaluating strategic business decisions. Clients rely on Cameron for well-informed counsel on water and air permitting matters, as well as on hazardous waste reporting and liability questions.
Colleagues and clients alike describe John as a creative and pragmatic litigator. As an advisor to corporate boards, CEO’s and presidents of publically traded and privately held companies, John has been entrusted to handle a broad range of complex disputes.
Sarah serves as a trusted advisor offering proactive, strategic employment counsel. Representing companies and management exclusively, she works with a diverse range of manufacturing, logistics, government, financial, and higher education clients of all sizes. Sarah’s strategic, client-focused practice includes litigation involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, non-compete enforcement and defense, employee leave disputes, wage-and-hour claims, and more.
Kelly helps employers of all sizes meet their staffing needs by handling the immigration issues they face in hiring foreign nationals and moving employees around the globe. A partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Relations practice group and Co-chair of the Immigration and International Migration team, she handles compliance issues for corporations that transfer dozens of employees into and out of the United States each year as well as small companies seeking to bring in a few key hire from abroad.
Alec serves as primary outside counsel to national, regional, and community banks on interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, commodities, and other derivatives product lines, including documentation for customer transactions and Dodd-Frank Act compliance. In addition, he represents end-users on interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, commodities, and other derivatives transactions and compliance. Alec also practices in the areas of commercial lending, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Stuart maintains a diverse practice, including many long-standing client relationships. His primary focus is on mergers and acquisitions, business planning, and federal tax issues. Clients across multiple industries value Stuart’s knowledge and experience, as well as his responsiveness to their concerns.
Anne Freeland brings more than five years of experience to her civil litigation defense practice. Clients rely on her creative approach and dedication in a wide variety of matters, including product liability, transportation, personal injury, and construction defect cases, along with securities litigation and Financial Industry Regulatory (FINRA) arbitrations.
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