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Many of the attorneys in the Law Firm Alliance author articles and thought leadership pieces on important topics and trends covering a wide variety of practices.  

While these articles are correct on matters of law when they are produced, verdicts, rulings, legislation and other actions may affect the applicability of some of the information. Please consult your legal advisor before making decisions on the information you read here.


Real-Life Lessons on How Mid-Sized Companies Handle Ownership Transitions

January 8, 2020
Jenny Boyer, Trusts and Estates Attorney, Ward and Smith, P.A.

It’s unfortunate to see a situation where somebody works to build up value, build up a company, only to die owning the company and then the company has to be sold to pay the estate tax.

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Preparing for Imminent Changes in the New York State Education Law Regarding Data Privacy

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Sara M. Richmond, Bond, Schoeneck & King
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NLRB Reinstates Former Legal Standard for Deferral to Arbitration

Labor and Employment Law
Subhash Viswanathan, Bond, Schoeneck & King
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California Consumer Privacy Act Now In Effect

January 6, 2020
Christopher K. Jones, Sands Anderson PC

2020 ushered in significant new privacy rights for residents of California. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect January 1, 2020, provides important rights to California consumers concerning how businesses collect and sell their personal information. Critically, even though the goal of the CCPA is to create rights for residents of California, its reach is much larger and will affect many companies located outside that state. Read on for a brief overview of what you should know.

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Tearing Up the Litmus Test: Potential Problems with Testing Employees for Marijuana Use

January 3, 2020
Emily Massey, Allen Trask, and Devon Williams, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Employers with existing prohibitions on their employees’ use of hemp-derived CBD products and/or marijuana should consider those policies in light of the changing laws across the nation

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Legislation looming to allow more locations for ‘commercial lifestyle centers’ and their liberal libations

January 3, 2020
Christopher M. Mackenzie, Sands Anderson PC

The first session of the Virginia General Assembly in the new decade convenes January 8th, and proposed bills are already pouring in. One such bill that may interest those in the commercial real estate field is targeted at shoppers who may want a tipple with their other transactions, and the developments seeking to attract them.

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