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    • Dec
      07
      2016
      • Think about business planning as if you were on a boat: If no one is the captain, you're going to "crash into something at some point." Business coach Tom Palzewicz highlights the importance of taking time to plan your firm's goals to weather the next economic winter.
    • Nov
      01
      2016
      • Individuals who contemplate misappropriating or stealing intellectual property, take heed: the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 significantly increases the potential costs and penalties of stealing trade secrets. Read how Wisconsin lawyers can use the Act to protect clients who own or use trade secrets.
    • Jun
      01
      2016
      • Businesses that use automated telephone dialing must examine their dialing systems and customer-intake processes to ensure they comport with federal regulations and to shield themselves from potentially major liability.
    • May
      01
      2016
      • Lawyers who practice “arts law” represent individuals and entertainment-industry businesses but also any business that uses visual images – and other types of creative works – on its products or as part of its marketing or advertising. This article identifies the key considerations for individuals who create art and businesses that buy, commission, or use visual images.
    • May
      01
      2016
      • Imitation can be the trigger for a copyright-infringement lawsuit. This article discusses the copyright fair use doctrine – and several recent notable decisions in which courts applied the doctrine to artists’ and entrepreneurs’ creation of works using cutting-edge electronic techniques.
    • Mar
      16
      2016
      • Craft beer is booming, but the industry remains highly regulated. From obtaining a license to open a brew pub to protecting trademarks, lawyers can assist clients navigating complex federal, state, and local laws, says Jeff Glazer.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • Our state hosts more than 120 breweries. In this highly regulated industry, lawyers ensure that the brewery’s owners can legally mill, mash, boil, ferment, cap, chill, label, and sell the beer. This article looks at the web of laws regulating breweries and and untangles major legal issues confronting startup breweries in Wisconsin.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • For players in the ever-expanding food and beverage market, health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries, and new food-safety laws require the assistance of savvy counsel. This article looks at food and beverage laws, giving a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that face this dynamic industry.
    • Mar
      01
      2016
      • Jeffrey Glazer outlines the regulatory framework for beer in Wisconsin; the rules brewers and brewery owners must navigate to get their products from the drawing board to shelves and taps.
    • Dec
      01
      2015
      • The ease and efficiency of social media communications make them good business tools but also potential hazards when used inappropriately by employees and employers. To help employers reduce risks associated with social media use, the author provides a sample bring-your-own-device policy.
    • Nov
      01
      2015
      • Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is booming, creating opportunity, not just for the scientists that conduct bench research, but for lawyers, too. Read how lawyers serving the biotech arena are making an impact, what they’re doing, and how they got to where they are. There are many entry points to the field, and you don’t have to be a scientist to participate.
    • Oct
      01
      2015
      • Laws protecting and rewarding employees or other individuals who report companies’ internal problems present risks of legal, financial, and business reputational costs and damage too large for all entities, even the smallest, to ignore. This article offers suggestions for managing risk based on the hard lessons learned by companies exposed to enforcement action.
    • Oct
      01
      2015
      • The Internet marketplaces has changed the retail landscape, and many believe the time has come to update the sales tax treatment of e-commerce transactions crossing state lines. This article presents an overview of sales and use taxation, the current tax treatment of e-commerce transactions across state lines, and potential legislation and judicial action related to e-commerce retailers.
    • Sep
      01
      2015
      • Defending a corporation and its board in shareholder litigation can be the equivalent of playing one football game on two (or more) different fields. Exclusive-venue provisions help corporations reduce the costs of lawsuits by restricting the number of forums. While such provisions have largely been a Delaware phenomenon, they also may benefit companies incorporated in Wisconsin.
    • Aug
      05
      2015
      • Aug. 5, 2015 – Develop your practice with the Business School for Lawyers, and learn about the operations, financial management, marketing, and human resources concepts you need for successfully managing a law practice from a business perspective.
    • Jun
      17
      2015
      • June 17, 2015 – You’ve been dreaming about opening your own law practice. But to make it a reality and set yourself up for success, you’re going to need a focused business plan. It’s one of the most important things you can do, says Johanna Kirk.
    • Jun
      01
      2015
      • The business judgment rule – that directors are not liable for an honest mistake of business judgment – is both a rule of substantive law and often the source of procedural burdens that shareholders challenging a board of directors’ decision must overcome. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently reinforced the doctrine, making clear that shareholder-plaintiffs must be ready from the moment they file to present plausible evidence of their right to relief.
    • Apr
      01
      2015
      • April 1, 2015 – A legislative proposal dramatically reforms Wisconsin’s restrictive covenant statute and would impact the drafting, negotiation, and enforcement of restrictive covenants by Wisconsin attorneys in several important ways. Milwaukee labor and employment litigation attorney Daniel Finerty explains the legislation and its potential impact.
    • Mar
      04
      2015
      • Both Congress and the Wisconsin Legislature have passed tax legislation giving incentives for investing in business enterprises and rewarding investors for those investments. Sometimes affirmative action is required; sometimes qualification is automatic. Find the details in Organizing a Wisconsin Business Corporation: Articles, Bylaws, and Other Forms, recently revised.
    • Feb
      26
      2015
      • The former family owners of a dude ranch in Mauston, northwest of Wisconsin Dells, must pay the unpaid tax and tax avoidance penalties for selling the ranch through a sham transaction, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
    • Dec
      01
      2014
      • Projects to gain energy efficiency to reduce costs are top of mind for commercial building owners, but financing through traditional lending practices is hard to come by. Property Assessed Clean Energy programs are a new statutory financing mechanism that provides a new opportunity for general-practice attorneys to offer building-efficiency upgrade solutions for a variety of clients.
    • Nov
      01
      2014
      • Increasingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Federal Arbitration Act to apply to parties of unequal bargaining power, making it more difficult for individuals and businesses subject to adhesion contracts to exercise their legal rights.
    • Oct
      01
      2014
      • Oct. 1, 2014, – When a lawyer hangs a shingle, it’s more than just a law firm. It’s a business, and if you don’t pay attention to it, your firm won’t grow and it just might even fail. In this video, business coach Chris Carman talks about the business side of your law practice.
    • Sep
      17
      2014
      • Sept. 17, 2014 – An employer can find itself between a rock and a hard place when an employee goes out on and continually extends ADA leave, because leave can be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This article explains the situation involving indefinite employee leave under the ADA.
    • Sep
      03
      2014
      • Sept. 3, 2014 – Whether you are starting out or upgrading your current system, there are some things you need to know before you make your purchase. In this video, Jeff Krause talks about choosing the software and hardware that’s right for your firm.