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.
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
There may be no area where businesses are more behind the curve than in managing their electronic information to keep them out of trouble. That is not a criticism of businesses. The area has changed, and continues to change, so incredibly fast (at least if you grew up before the 1990s), it is almost... September 20th, 2012 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
Few things are as important and as challenging for a growing business as having a handle on the lawful and strategic creation, maintenance, and destruction of records. For starters, it goes without saying that having full command of your business’s information has great competitive value. Information... August 23rd, 2012 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
One of the most important aspects of the attorney/client relationship is being on the same page about when to be “aggressive” and about what “aggressive” even means.
Sometimes when we are approached by a prospective new client, we hear that the lawyer we are about to replace is... July 19th, 2012 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More