Bill Nolan has practiced law in Columbus since 1989. In 2009, he opened the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a large full-service law firm that seeks to take a more entrepreneurial and cost-effective approach both to client service and its own business. Barnes & Thornburg lawyers will be providing this column on a monthly basis in 2013.
About 11 months ago I suggested four low-cost, proactive steps employers should take to minimize employee-related liability. This is a good time to review how you have done with the 2013 list. The good news is that even if you have done nothing at all with respect to these measures, it is still prudent... November 21st, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.”
– Samuel Johnson
Most business decisions entail risk. Businesspeople are understandably frustrated when lawyers exhaustively identify every possible risk, but do not seem to help the client decide whether... September 19th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
You already know this – people use electronic communications in ways that are not always in their best interests. People say what they really think in electronic communications more than they do face-to-face, or in a more deliberately prepared old-fashioned, written document. Both in terms of effective... July 18th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
I have written here before about how, when your company becomes involved in legal proceedings, you want to be able to tell your company’s story as effectively as possible to neutral third parties who have no background on the dispute and the personalities involved. In employment disputes, one... May 16th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
All employers of all sizes should understand two things about employment discrimination.
One, the types of discrimination claims only increase. It is a sarcastic refrain of employers that it is easier to say who is not in a protected class, but the reality is that is increasingly closer to the truth.... March 21st, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
I have written about contracts here before. Spend a few dollars now to save more dollars later by having your lawyer review them. At least focus on a few key contractual terms before you sign any contract. Here, however, I want to emphasize a simple and direct message: do not blindly sign form contracts... January 17th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
One theme of this column is that liability avoidance usually does not need to be expensive. Employers of all sizes can save themselves money and headaches in the long run by proactive steps to minimize employee-related liability.
To that end, I offer four things on which every employer should... December 20th, 2012 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
No matter the size of your business, at some point you will be called upon to respond to a government investigator of some sort.
It might be the federal, state, or local government, and it could involve any number of subjects. It may be a phone call, a visit, or a letter or other document. It could... October 18th, 2012 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More