Monday, May 23, 2016

Marks Gray, P.A. to Co-Sponsor the 2016 Media Law Conference

Marks Gray commits to Silver Sponsorship of Event at the Annual Florida Bar Convention in June 2016

Marks Gray, P.A. has signed on to be a Silver Sponsor of the Annual Media Law Conference being held at the Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando, FL on Friday, June 17, 2016. Edward Birk, a First Amendment and news media partner at Marks Gray, said the co-sponsorship is a chance to support the good work of the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee and its mission of furthering a free press.

The theme of the 2016 Media Law Conference is “The Privacy Machine v. the Press: Surveillance, Drones, Body Cams and Hulkamania.” The conference will address issues in an engaging discussion with key thought leaders from the law and media. The conference will feature four panel discussions: access and privacy, the highly publicized Gawker trial involving former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan, drones and body cams and some of the most controversial First Amendment cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015-2016. Registration is complimentary and open to the public. Attendees who wish to receive CLE credits will need to register for The Florida Bar Annual Convention. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act into Law

The DTSA Law Effective as of May 11, 2016

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law on May 11, 2016, effective immediately.  The DTSA provides for the first time a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets.  Previously, trade secrets were only protected by state laws. The new Act supplements state laws and does not preempt state law.  The DTSA provides for a number of remedies, whistleblower protections and  includes a notice requirement for employers who have trade secret or confidential information agreements with employees, independent contractors, and consultants.  How does this new law affect your business?  Let our Intellectual Property team at Marks Gray, led by Shareholder Crystal Broughan, help you better understand how your business should move forward on any trade secret, trademark and copyright issues.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Alison H. Sausaman named the 2016 Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award Recipient

The Florida Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divisions Selects Alison H. Sausaman as the 2016 Michael K. Reese Award Recipient

Associate Attorney Alison H. Sausaman

We are thrilled to announce that Associate Attorney Alison H. Sausaman has been named The Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recipient of the 2016 Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award. The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award is bestowed upon the person and/or entity that, through humanitarian respect, advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. She will receive her award at the Florida Bar Annual Convention in June.
Congratulations, Ms. Sausaman!

May 2016 Immigration Bulletin is Out!

Shareholder and Immigration Attorney Giselle Carson released her May 2016 Immigration Bulletin - Running on Passion - on Tuesday. 

Hello, and Welcome to our May Immigration Update!

As you might know, the stressful and uncertain H-1B lottery process is almost complete and we are grateful to have been able to help many of our clients navigate this process, obtain FY17 cap-subject H-1Bs and strategize alternatives.  This newsletter contains updates on the process and options.

Additionally, our team and I have continued to be very involved in the Jacksonville Bar Association and other community activities. As a result, I was selected for a First Coast Success Profile - Running On Passion. You can read more about this profile and other events in this bulletin.

Some of you might be in the process of planning a summer vacation or time off.  I wish you happy planning and fun times.    

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