Guest Blogger: Eric Drattell is senior vice president & general counsel for Risk Management Solutions, Inc; David Garrett is managing director for Stroz Friedberg LLC; and Mark Krause is senior counsel, Compliance and Litigation for Warner Bros. Entertainment.
We live in a brave new world. Technology is changing at a lightning fast pace. Most (if not all) organizations have some valuable confidential information or intellectual property that makes them potential targets for a cyber-attack. Indeed, companies today are under constant assault from hackers and inside threats. It is paramount that companies have an in-depth understanding of the digital threats they face, and draw on the expertise of in-house counsel to manage the substantial legal risks that those threats create. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: With 15 years’ experience in the private sector practicing corporate law, leading cross-functional teams and counseling on risk management, Ryan Blum assists and advises Lockton St. Louis/Memphis on business development, and manages operations and client services on a day-to-day basis. He received his J.D. and MBA from Saint Louis University, and his B.S. in International Business from Northwest Missouri State.
Back in July, in an ostensible blindside to the industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned Sun Capital Partners III v. N.E. Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund (Sun Capital) and instead adopted a more expansive view of what constitutes a “trade or business” — a decision that may turn out to have far-reaching consequences for private equity. The First Circuit ruled that private-equity funds could be regarded as a “controlled group” and, therefore, liable for the multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability of one of their portfolio companies. Continue Reading
I am thankful that my job does not involve a lot of travel. I realize there are some perks that come with the “road warrior” lifestyle, but as a former boss of mine once said: “Once you close your hotel room door, it no longer matters which chain you are in. They all become the same.” But at the end of October, I get to travel to Los Angeles for ACC’s Annual Meeting.
For you non-association folks reading this, there are a few rules association staff live by when we travel to our meetings. This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you a peek into our mindset. Continue Reading
My daughter and I recently had a girls’ getaway to the beach for three days. It was a wonderful way to end the summer with my almost-teen daughter. I learn so much more about my children when I get the chance to spend one-on-one time with them.
After breakfast each morning, we rode six miles up and down the boardwalk. The weather was perfect, even chilly for August. It was a good reminder that even in the dog days of a DC-area summer, you should always bring something long-sleeved — a light jacket or a sweatshirt — when you travel. Continue Reading
My first job out of law school was a judicial clerkship for a life tenure federal judge.
Clerking is one of the most rewarding, intellectually-challenging experiences in a lawyer’s career. Although I possessed the right credentials, so did other top graduates at the other Top-15 law schools around the country. It almost didn’t happen for me. I was able to land the job in part because I instinctively put into practice some very basic networking skills. Continue Reading