News Archives



News: Greensfelder welcomes Lauren Daming to the St. Louis office and our Labor & Employment Practice Group. Learn more about Lauren.


Blog: Common Sense - Businesses Need to Take Steps to Protect Their Confidential Information. Learn more.


Blog: Companies Should Take Heed of Recent Cases Finding Workers Improperly Classified as Independent Contractors. Learn more.


Blog: Shareholder Inspection Rights Offer an Effective Shield Against Self-Dealing. Learn more.


Blog: Supreme Court Fails to Provide FCPA Guidance to U.S. Companies Doing Business Overseas. Learn more.


News: 26 Greensfelder attorneys selected as 2014 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Learn more.


Publication: Shannon Haney discusses key provisions of the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Act in an article published by The Southern Business Journal. Learn more.


Publication: Lucie Huger provides tips that contractors should consider to avoid data breach vulnerabilities in their operations. Learn more.


Blog: Setting Forth the Damages the Employer is Entitled to if an Employee Breaches His/Her Non-Competition Agreement Will Help Deter Breaches and Save Money in Litigation. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes our new fall associates - Scott ApkingJessica Courtway and Debbie Sluys.


Blog: Make Sure Your Non-Competition, Non-Disclosure and Non-Solicitation Agreements Have Extension Clauses. Learn more.


Blog: Financial Information, Aging and Sales Reports and Laboratory Equipment Wish List Found To Be Trade Secrets. Learn more.


Alert: Reducing Income Tax Through Your Estate Plan. Learn more.


Publication: David Harris and Jennifer Mann Bortnick analyze the Supreme Court's June decision HIlliburton Co. V. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. in an article published by BNA Insight. Learn more.


Blog: Competition is Competition Regardless of One's Physical Location. Learn more.


Blog: What is a Trade Secret? Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes Jordan Dorsey to the St. Louis office and our Real Estate Practice Group. Learn more about Jordan.


Blog: New Commentary from North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Greensfelder attorney Kevin F. O’Malley who was confirmed as US Ambassador to Ireland. Learn more.


Blog: Protecting Your Customer List. Learn more.


Blog: Steps a Business Can Take to Protect its Confidential Information. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Litigation Practice Group, Jasmine McCormick. Learn more about Jasmine.


Blog: Remember to Retain Separate Counsel in Disputes Between LLC Members. Learn more.


Publication: Shannon Haney discusses the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act in an article recently published by the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Energy Litigation. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Litigation Practice Group, Renée Sullivan. Learn more about Renée.


Publication: Lucie Huger offers tips to business owners to protect their companies from data breach vulnerabilities. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder Joins Community-Wide Effort Supporting North St. Louis County. Learn more.


News: Erv Switzer has been selected to receive one of the 2014 Spirit of Justice Awards from the St. Louis Bar Foundation. He will be presented with the award during the Spirit of Justice Celebration on Friday, October 10, 2014.


Blog: Missouri Supreme Court Holds Joint Employers Liable for Obligations Under the Missouri Minimum Wage Law. Learn more.


Blog: California Supreme Court Delivers — Domino’s Not an Employer Merely Because it Imposes Traditional Controls Over FranchiseesLearn more.


News: Dismissal of Suit Brought by Shell-Branded Station Operator Affirmed by 8th Circuit. Learn more.


Publication: Lucie Huger offers advice on data breach after 9 Illinois Hospitals are impacted in an article published by The Southern Illinoisan. Learn more.


News: Thirty-One Attorneys from Greensfelder Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America© 2015. Three attorneys recognized as "Lawyer of the Year." Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes Danielle DuRousseau to our St. Louis office and Andrew Tessman to our Belleville office.


Publication: Eric Peterson discusses what options to consider before entering a forbearance agreement in his article published by the Southern Business JournalLearn more.


Blog: If You Overreach, A Business Owner May Find Employee Restrictive Covenants to be Useless and Unenforceable. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Belleville office and our Litigation Practice Group, Brady McAninch. Learn more about Brady.


Publication: Dan Janich discusses the importance of careful pension plan drafting in his latest article published by Law360. Learn more.


Blog: Ignore Corporate Formalities At Your Own Personal Risk. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Tracy Ring who was recently recognized as a "Law Firm Leader" as part of the Up & Coming Awards from Missouri Lawyers WeeklyLearn more.


Blog: Get What You Deserve When The Insurer Reserves Its Rights to Deny Your Claim: A Policyholder's Right to Independent Counsel. Learn more.


Publication: Vanessa Keith shares tips on how to avoid a data breach and what to do if one occurs in her article published in The St. Louis American. Learn more.


Blog: NLRB Takes Step Towards Treating Franchisors and Franchisees as Joint Employers. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Joshua Stevens who was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Veterans Business Resource Center.


Blog: When Forever Became Whenever: (A "Do It Yourself" Contract's Defective Termination Clause Permits an Early Exit). Learn more.


News: Kelly Shamel assists biotech company with acquisition of new 40,786 square foot facility in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Russell Scott on his recognition as an Outstanding Community Leader at Call for Help - Pillar of Hope Awards & Annual Celebration. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Elizabeth Nguyen for inclusion by Lawyers of Color on their Second Annual Midwest Region Hot List.


Blog: Hobby Lobby Decision Leaves Open Questions and Compliance Issues for Religiously Affiliated Closely Held Corporations. Learn more.


Publication: Lenny Vines was a contributing editor for the book Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchising Companies published by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. Beata Krakus and John Baer co-authored a chapter of the book entitled “Due Diligence on Franchising Systems." Learn more.


News: Vanessa Keith was recently re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mound City Bar Association.


Blog: FMLA Rights for Same Sex Couples. Learn more.


News: Mandy Kamykowski and Josh Stevens obtained a favorable opinion in the Missouri Court of Appeals on a case involving medical negligence and battery claims. Learn more.


Publication: Jennifer Davis authored a chapter entitled, “Litigation Settlements in Probate Matters” in the MOBarCLE Deskbook Missouri Settling Cases 2014.  Learn more.


News: Ryan Gavin and Mandy Kamykowski recently defended an orthopedic surgeon in a medical malpractice claim where plaintiff alleged chronic back pain after spinal surgery. Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $300,000. After just over an hour of deliberation, the jury decided unanimously in favor of the defendant. Read more in a recent article published by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.


News: Mary Reitz was recently re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Litigation Practice Group, Julie Rodriguez. Learn more about Julie.


News: The Southern Business Journal taps Garry Reuter, Jr. and Don Schoemaker for a story on avoiding a nasty business divorce. Learn more.


Alert: Supreme Court Holds Inherited IRAs Are Not Exempt In Bankruptcy. Learn more.


News: Kevin O'Malley Nominated by President Barack Obama to Serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Learn more.


Publication: In an article published by the St. Louis Business Journal, Lucie Huger discusses proactive steps that businesses can take to better protect themselves against a data breach. Learn more.


News: Tracy Ring was selected to participate in the Leadership St. Louis® class of 2014-2015. These participants join a prestigious and diverse group of nearly two thousand community leaders who have graduated from the program since its inception in 1976 through FOCUS St. Louis. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder salutes our colleague, Vanessa Keith, on being selected as an "Inspiring St. Louisan" by the St. Louis County Branch of the NAACP. 


Alert: Comment Period for Proposed Rule Requiring BrokerCheck Hyperlinks Expires on June 16, 2014. Learn more.


Publication: Susan Benton was published in the May 27 issue of Employment Law Daily for "Strategic Perspectives - Best practices: Designing a defensible unpaid internship.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Chicago office and our Litigation Practice Group, Liz Austermuehle. Learn more about Liz.


Media Quote: Melanie Renken was quoted in an analysis of the Francine Katz vs. Anheuser-Busch verdict in the St. Louis Business Journal.


News: Eight Greensfelder attorneys named to Chambers USA 2014 edition. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to John Baer, Beata Krakus and Lenny Vines for being named Legal Eagles for 2014 by Franchise Times magazine.


Blog: NLRB Revisits Employee Use Of Work E-Mail For Union Purposes. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Construction Practice Group, Bill Holthaus. Learn more about Bill.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Litigation Practice Group, Shannon Summers. Learn more about Shannon.


Publication: Dan Janich discusses what to do when dealing with non-compete agreements from employers. Learn more.


Alert: SEC Offers Guidance to Registered Investment Advisors on the Interplay of the "Testimonial Rule" and Social Media. Learn more.


Presentation: Doug Neville and Beata Krakus will participate in the 47th Annual IFA Legal Symposium on May 5-6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Learn More.


Publication: John Petite and David Simmons co-authored a chapter on Petroleum Marketing in the American Bar Association - Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section's 2013 Year in Review. Read the chapter.


Publication: John Baer and co-authors discuss the challenges a non-U.S. franchisor will face in entering the U.S. market in their article published in the International Journal of Franchise Law. Read the article.


Blog: Workers' Compensation Retaliation: Exclusive Causation No More! Learn More.


Presentation:  Greensfelder's Keith Herman presented "How to Protect Trust Assets from a Beneficiary's Divorce?" at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis 25th Annual Estate Planning Institute on April 23, 2014. Learn More.


Presentation: Greensfelder's Dawn M. Johnson presented "Big Data:  Opportunities and Challenges in Litigation” on April 11, 2014 at the Petroleum Marketing Attorneys’ meeting in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy & Resources.


Presentation: Greensfelder’s Lucie F. Huger participated as a panelist speaking about data breach, security/privacy issues at the NACo’s National Cybersecurity Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 10, 2014.


Blog: NLRB "Tackles" College Athletics. Learn More.


Presentation: Greensfelder's Dan Janich discusses equity compensation as a tool for LLCs at the National Center for Employee Ownership annual conference.


News: Greensfelder salutes our colleague, Mary L. Reitz, on being selected as one of the “100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business,” by readers of St. Louis Small Business Monthly.


Blog: Federal District Court Extends PMPA Constructive Termination Rules to State Franchise Law. Learn More.


Publication: Dan Janich discusses the precautions to take before signing a separation agreement from your employer. Read the full article.


News: Greensfelder Launches Data Breach, Privacy/Security Practice. Learn More.


Blog: Sexual Orientation Discrimination: Michael Sam's Legal Options. Learn More.


Publication: The new edition of "Employee Benefits for Tax-Exempt Organizations," 373-4 Tax Management Portfolio written by Dan Schwartz has been released. Learn more.


News: Franchise attorneys John Baer and Beata Krakus ranked in Chambers Global-wide 2014. Learn More.


Blog: Are These Tickets Refundable? Daughter's Facebook Boast Violates Settlement Agreement. Learn More.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our St. Louis office and our Litigation Practice Group, Gino Gusmano. Learn More about Gino.


Blog: Delayed Again! Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Penalties Delayed Until 2016 For Certain Employers. Learn More.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Chicago office and our Labor & Employment Practice Group, Susan Benton. Learn more about Susan.


Blog: NLRB Proposes Amendments to the Union Election Regulations. Learn More.


Interview: Kevin Vick was profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition for 2014. In the article, Kevin discusses the importance of client satisfaction in his practice. Read the article to learn more.


News: Congratulations to Greensfelder's newest officers of the firm: Clark Hedger and Abby L. Risner.


News: Greensfelder salutes our colleague, Eric R. Riess, on being selected as one of the "Top St. Louis Attorneys" by readers of St. Louis Small Business Monthly.


News: Congratulations to John Baer, Dan Janich and Russell Scott who were recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers in Illinois.


Blog: ATTENTION HOSPITALS: Federal Court Holds EMTALA Retaliation Protections Apply to Non-Employed Physicians. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Chicago office and our Litigation Practice Group, Courtney Adair.  Learn more about Courtney.


Blog: Employee Handbooks Are Not The Place For Arbitration Clauses. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Chris Pickett of Greensfelder's Litigation Practice Group for earning 40 under 40 honors in the St. Louis Business Journal. Congrats to all of the winners.


Blog: Happy New Year! What's on Tap for the United States Supreme Court in 2014. Learn More.


Blog: Employer Sponsored Benefit Plans Can Provide Reasonable Limitations on Time for Filing Suit Over Denial of Benefit Claims. Learn more.


Greensfelder mourns the passing of colleague and friend Garrett C. Reuter, Sr. Learn more.


Blog: Waiver of Class and Collective Actions Through Mandatory Arbitration Agreements: Alive and Well, Despite the National Labor Relations Board. Learn more.


Blog: Year’s End Is a Perfect Time to Review Employees’ Non-Compete Agreements. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Belleville office and our Litigation Practice Group, John Hipskind. Learn more about John.


News: Greensfelder achieves Top-Tier National, St. Louis and Chicago rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 "Best Law Firms" list. Learn more.


News: ABA Forum of Franchising Recognizes Beata Krakus with the Chair's Future Leader Award. Learn more.


News: 29 Greensfelder attorneys selected as 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes our new fall associates - Kelsey Kremer and William Wall


Alert: SEC proposes rule requiring disclosure of CEO-to-Employee pay ratio. Learn more.           


News: See the September 2013 issue of St. Louis Small Business Monthly where Greensfelder was named the region's best law firm.


News: The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 recognizes four Greensfelder attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year." Learn more.


News: Thirty Attorneys from Greensfelder Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Learn more.


Publication: The Southern Business Journal taps Garrett Reuter Jr. for a business owner's guide to planning retirement. Learn more.


Publication: Dan Garner offers guidelines for a franchisor's consideration of gift card breakage in his recent article "Gift Card "Breakage" - Careful Planning Required." Learn more.


News: Danielle Carr named to the St. Louis Business Journal's 2013 class of Diverse Business Leaders. Learn more.


News: Greensfelder attorneys Melanie Renken, Shontaia Riley, and Abby Risner were included in the 2013 list of Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyers. Learn More.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Chicago office and our Litigation Practice Group, Thadford Felton. Learn more about Thad.


Alert: The SEC eliminates the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 offerings. Learn more about the new Rule.


Alert: Do your arbitration clauses need to be reviewed?  American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant is the latest in a line of recent arbitration-related cases handed down by the Supreme Court.  Learn more.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Chicago, IL office and Officer in our Litigation Practice Group, David B. Goodman. To learn more about David, click here.


Blog: Where does wage and hour compliance fall on your radar? Check out the latest blog post on simplyHR to see if it should be a priority for your organization.


News: Congratulations to Erv Switzer on his recent appointment to the Sue Shear Institute Advisory Board.  Learn more about the Sue Shear Institute.


News: Nine Greensfelder attorneys named to Chambers USA 2013 edition. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Jay Nathanson. Jay was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


News: Lawyers Association of St. Louis Salutes Kevin O'Malley with 2013 Award of Honor. Learn more.


News: Congratulations to Dawn Johnson. Dawn was recently named to the Citizens Advisory Committee for City Arch River 2015. Learn more here.


Publication: Amy Blaisdell discusses unique challenges healthcare employers face when dealing with absence, leave and disability management and offers steps to minimize risk.  Read the full article.


Presentation: Patrick Jones will be speaking at the 4th Annual AFA Forum: Value-Based Fee Arrangement & Legal Service Logistics on May 16, 2013 in Chicago, IL. For more information and to register, click here.


Publication: Gregg Lepper and Lucie Huger offer their commentary on the new requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in their recent article "HIPAA's ripple: Act now to avoid being caught in the wake." Learn how the new requirements will effect your business.


Presentation: David Harris will be presenting at the upcoming 2013 ABA Petroleum Marketing Attorneys' Meeting on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. He will be co-presenting on the topic "Pricing Patterns and Behaviors That Cause Litigation Risks." Learn more about the event.


News: Congratulations to our own Andrew Manuel and Vanessa Keith who were selected as one of the Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.


Publication: Michael O'Shaughnessy offers his opinion and commentary on collaborative purchasing and the major issues interested groups need to address in "Collaborative Purchasing Is An Idea Whose Time Is Now." Read the article to learn more.


News: Congratulations to Kathy Butler who has been selected to receive one of the Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 2013 Women's Justice Awards. Click for more information.


Interview: Kevin O'Malley discusses best practices when choosing a plastic surgeon in "How to: Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon." Read the article.


Event: Greensfelder will be a co-sponsor for the upcoming Swansea Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on March 20, 2013.  Interested in attending?  Click here for more information.


Publication: Patrick Jones' and Beata Krakus' article "Franchisee Bankruptcies and Receiverships: What You Don't Know Might Surprise You" discusses provisions in franchise agreements and why they are frequently enforceable. Read the article to learn more.


Interview: Eric Riess was featured in "Belleville lawyer will help get your franchise started" published on the Belleville News Democrat website.  In the article, Eric discusses his practice and what he did to get where he is today.  Read the article to learn more.


Media Quote: John Petite was mentioned in the February 14, 2013 St. Louis Business Journal article "Schnucks fights back against Wal-Mart price ads" for his work handling a false advertising matter. Read the full article.


Interview: Jennifer Davis discusses the state of Greensfelder's trusts and estate practice group after a large and prestigious New York law firm decided to drop its trusts and estate practice. Read the full article.


News: A Greensfelder legal team helped close one of the largest energy deals this year – a $2.4 billion sale of BP’s Texas City, Tex. refinery, four terminals and part of its distribution network to Marathon Petroleum Corp. of Findlay, OH. Team leader John Petite and Abby RisnerChalegne O’Brien and Daniel Garner provided legal counsel for the sale of several assets including branded wholesaler contracts supplying approximately 1,200 retail sites in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, as well as trademark licensing and brand support agreements. The team is part of Energy Group, headed by David HarrisClick here to read the story in the February 8 St. Louis Business Journal.


Interview: Jay Nathanson details business strategies to adapt to new tax laws in the February 8 St. Louis Business Journal. Click here to read the story.


News: Congratulations to Greensfelder's newest officers of the firm: Christopher T. Feldmeir, Shannon L. Haney, Jennifer M. Horrom, Beata Krakus, Thomas H. Mug and Daniel P. Schoenekase.


Alert: NLRB Temporarily in Limbo? Chris Bailey explains a recent federal court ruling calling into question the board's current authority. Read more...


Publication: Beata Krakus' recent article "New FTC Business Opportunity Rule May Apply to Some Exempt Franchisors" discusses why franchisors relying on the minimum initial payments exemption or the no written documents exemption to avoid applicability of the FTC Franchise Rule need to take a close look at the new FTC Business Opportunity Rule to see if it applies. Read more...


News:  Eric Riess Named "Trainer of the Year" by the Franchise Brokers Association. Learn more.


Publication: Patrick Jones' article "Third-Party Litigation Funding in Bankruptcy Cases" was published in the January 2013 issue of The Bankruptcy StrategistRead the article.


Publication: Read the observations of Leonard Vines and other industry leaders about private equity's impact on franchising published in the January 2013 issue of the LJN's Franchising Business & Law Alert. Check out the Pros and Cons on pg. 2.


Interview: Patrick Jones was interviewed for the article "Study expects jump in litigation financing" which discusses third party litigation financing, a growing practice in the U.S. Read the article to learn how the practice assisted Patrick on a recent case. (Article originally published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.)


Publication: John Petite's article "How to Enforce Your Trademark Without Being Labeled a 'Trademark Bully'" offers tips on trademark enforcement in the social media age. Read the article for more information.


News: Congratulations to Garrett Reuter, Jr. and Patricia Wharton who were recently elected to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors.


Publication: Valerie Lipic's article "All is in the eye of the beholder" was published in the December 2012 issue of The Catalyst, the newsletter of the ISBA's Standing Committee on Women and the Law. Can women have it all?  As the title states, the answer to this is in the eye of the beholder!  Read the article now.


Interview: Dayna Johnson is featured in the Illinois Business Journal's December 2012 issue which spotlights women in the law. Click here to read the article.


News: Congratulations to our Franchising & Distribution Practice Group. The group was recently honored in the 2012 edition of the International Who's Who Legal of Franchise Lawyers.The publication dubbed the group a "Midwestern powerhouse".


Publication: Vince Garozzo's and Taylor Hall's recent article "Your Small Law Department's Roadmap to a Deal," published in the December issue of Association of Corporate Counsel, provides a roadmap for the significant M&A landmarks encountered on the trip toward the acquisition or disposition of a business. Read the article for more information.
(Reprinted with permission from the Association of Corporate Counsel 2012 
All Rights Reserved


News: Greensfelder was recently selected for inclusion in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2013; a distinction reserved for law firms whose clients recognize them - by name and without prompting - as unparalleled leaders in client service.


Presentation: Beata Krakus will moderate a panel during a 90-minute live webinar exploring how franchise counsel may help avoid disclosure disputes by resolving some of the most common disclosure drafting issues and disclosure procedural issues that franchisors encounter. The webinar is sponsored by The American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and the ABA Center for Professional Development.

November 2012

News: Congratulations to David Harris. He was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy" - spotlighting the most influential professionals in the industry encompassing seven cities from Philadelphia to Houston, including St. Louis.


Interview: David Lander was quoted in "Local couple declares bankruptcy 7 times combined, sticks creditors with bills" published on The article discusses a local couple who abuse the bankruptcy system and how this abuse affects the business owners who do not get paid. Read the article or watch the interview for more information.


Media Quote: Mary Ann Wymore's comment regarding a New York federal judge's ruling allowing universities to create a digital library of copyrighted works for preservation and other purposes was published in Westlaw Insiders Legal News blog posting "Fair Use? Experts comment on Universities' digital books project ruling." See what Mary Ann has to say about the ruling.


Interview: The next wave of healthcare changes are coming - are you going to "pay or play?" In the article "Experts comment on health care reform," Doug Neville and Mary Khouri discuss how the upcoming health care reform changes will affect large and small businesses. Read the article for more information.


Event: Thanks to all those who attended this year's Securities Symposium! We are grateful to each panel member for their insights into issues faced by the industry. Materials from the symposium are available here.


Interview: John Petite was interviewed for the Law360 article "Justices Eye Nike's Deal Not To Sue In Trademark Case." The article discusses whether a federal court has continuing jurisdiction over a challenge to the validity of a trademark when the trademark's owner promises not to enforce its rights against the challenger's past and current marketing activities.  Read the article for more information.


News: Greensfelder Earns Top-Tier National, St. Louis and Chicago Ranking From U.S. News-Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firms' 2013 Edition. Read the press release for more information.


News: 25 Greensfelder Attorneys Named to the 2012 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List . Read more.


News: Congratulations to Dawn M. Johnson who was recently chosen as a member of the College Summit Missouri Site Advisory Board. Learn more here.


Interview: "As technology blossoms, businesses protect intellectual property" Chris Pickett was interviewed for the St. Louis Post Dispatch article.  Check out the Q&A here.


Presentation: Amy Blaisdell and Eric Eickmeyer presented "Absence, Leave and Disability Management: A Roadmap to Improve Your Leave Program and Enhance Compliance with State & Federal Law." During the webinar, they discussed steps employers can take to improve the process of administering leaves of absence, improve compliance with the law and reduce the impact of absence on the workplace.

Watch the recording.
Download the powerpoint.


Publication: Is Your Franchise Still Breaking the Gift Card Laws?
Daniel Garner's most recent article discusses the surprisingly extensive ramifications of gift card laws, from both a legal and practical perspective. The article was published in the October 2012 edition of Law Journal Newsletter's Franchising Business & Law Alert. Read the article to learn more about the potential ramifications of gift card laws.


Publication: Beata Krakus' article "The New FTC Business Opportunity Rule Makes Waves: Impact on Franchise Systems" discusses the revised federal business opportunity rule. Read the article to learn more.


News: Congratulations to Mandy Kamykowski on her appointment as Director of Education for the newly formed Greater St. Louis Chapter of CLM.  Read the press release for more information.


News: Congratulations to Vanessa Keith on her recent election to the Board of Directors of Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club in St. Louis.


Publication: David Lander's article "Through the looking glass of preference recovery reform" expresses outrage at the current state of the law of preference recoveries in bankruptcy and proposes real reform. Read the article to learn more.


News: Congratulations to our own Erv Switzer on his appointment by Governor Jay Nixon to the St. Louis City Board of Police Commissioners.  Click here to read the story.


News: Congratulations to Tim Thornton and Dan Schwartz on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2013.


News: Congratulations to John Baer, Lenny Vines, Beata Krakus and Chris Feldmeir on being selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal's The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers.


Alert: Do your non-compete agreements need to be reviewed?
The Labor & Employment Practice Group published a client alert explaining a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision on non-compete agreements and outlines implications of the decision.  Read the alert now.


Interview: Michael O'Shaughnessy was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Business Edition for 2012. Read the article here.


Alert: The NEW Medicare Tax on Net Investment Income.
Read the client alert, published by our Corporate Practice Group, to see what you can do to avoid or minimize its applicability.


Presentation: Social Media for Business: The HR & Legal Impact
Read the article in the St. Louis Business Journal that discusses the seminar and its key takeaways.


Publication: Chris Bailey's article "Complacency makes businesses vulnerable to employment discrimination charges" highlights the most common mistakes businesses make that might lead to a discrimination charge. Read the article to learn more.


Publication: Mary Ann Wymore's article "Social Media and Fair Use," evaluates the risk of copyright infringement and the scope of the fair use defense in the expanding world of social media. Read the article now.


News: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri will honor Greensfelder with The Gerald R. Ortbals Outstanding Law Firm Award on August 29. Read more about the honor.


News: Congratulations to Andrew Gulotta on his recognition by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis at the ribbon cutting of the new Community Outreach Center for his work to help acquire the facility. Audience for the ribbon cutting included multiple alderman and many members of the Board of Directors of the Urban League.


Alert: Estate and Income Tax Increases to Take Effect on January 1, 2013. Read the most recent newsletter published by our Trust and Estates Practice Group to see how the increases will affect you.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Litigation Practice Group, Christopher A. Pickett.  To learn more about Chris, click here.


Alert: The Employee Benefits Practice Group published a client update discussing the first plan fee disclosure compliance rule and offers some tips on what you should be doing to comply. Read the update now.


Interview: Mary Ann Wymore was interviewed for the article "Law Enforcement Feasts on Cellphone Data" published on the Tech News World website. Read the article to see her comments.


Publication: Doug Neville's article "Businesses need to address withdrawal liability burdens" was published in the Southern Illinois Business Journal. Read the article to learn more about withdrawal liability in multi-employer pension plans and the impact it could potentially have on your business. (Article is on page 9.)


Interview: Doug Neville was featured on KMOX to discuss the June 28, 2012 Supreme Court decision regarding health care reform. Listen to the interview now.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Health Care Practice Group, Shontaia Riley.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Trusts & Estates Practice Group, Garrett Reuter, Jr.


Alert: The Corporate Practice Group published a client alert discussing the SEC's final rules implementing provisions to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requiring stock exchanges to adopt listing standards for Compensation Committees. Read the client alert for more information.


Alert: The Labor & Employment Practice Group published a client alert discussing the eight circuit decision clarifying defense to equal pay act claims.  Read the alert now.


News: 8 Greensfelder Attorneys Achieve Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2012.  Click here to see which of our attorneys and practice groups received recognition.


Publication: William Schmitt's article "Employers: Beware of stumbling genetic markers" was published in the Southern Business JournalClick here to learn how the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act can affect employer-employee relationships.


Event: John Baer, Beata Krakus, Leonard Vines, Dawn Johnson, and Chris Feldmeir attended the IFA Legal Symposium and IFA/IBA Joint Conference the week of May 20, 2012.

John Baer chaired the 28th Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference on international franchising and moderated several programs. Click here for more information.

Leonard Vines was on the Planning Committee for this year's Legal Symposium.

Chris Feldmeir presented "De-Franchise My License Please: Converting Franchises to Licenses and Vice-Versa."

Dawn Johnson presented "Frequently Arising Issues in Franchise Litigations."

Beata Krakus hosted a roundtable discussion on "Formulating and Using Financial Performance Representations."


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Corporate Practice Group, Patrick Sweeney.  To learn more about Patrick, click here.


Publication: Michael O'Shaughnessy's article "Negotiating Supply Chain Agreements in a Time of Unexpected Disruptions" was published in SupplyChainBrain. The article discusses today's commercial supply chain agreements, their importance in business transactions and the mischaracterizations often given to them within the legal industry. Click here to read the article.


News: Congratulations to David Harris and Sandra Gallini on defeating an application for TRO and preliminary injunction filed by franchisees operating over 100 Southern California gas stations in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, as well as Emergency Motions for Injunction to the Ninth Circuit. The franchisees invoked the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act in an attempt to prevent a major integrated refiner from terminating and nonrenewing the franchisees' station leases and fuel supply agreements at the expiration of underlying ground leases held by a third party for the properties. The Greensfelder team served as lead counsel for the principal Defendant, a major integrated refiner. The denial of the franchisees' application paves the way for a timely and orderly return of the stations to the property owners. Read a copy of the opinion here.


News: Russell Scott has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Click here for more information.


Publication: Garry Reuter's article "Succession planning vital for family business" was published in the Southern Illinois Business Journal on May 1, 2012. Click here to read the article.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group, Eric Peterson. To learn more about Eric, click here.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy, David Lander. To learn more about David, click here.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of our Corporate Practice Group, Brett Travers.  To learn more about Brett, click here.


Publication: Patrick Jones' article "Trading Bankruptcy Claims... Watch Out for the Finer Points!" was published in the ABF Journal's Annual Specialty Lending & Factoring Issue on April 20, 2012. Click here to read the full article.


Interview: Michael O'Shaughnessy was interviewed for the article "Asian disasters drive firms to boost safety stock" published in DCVelocity on April 16, 2012. Click here to read the full article.


Interview: Beata Krakus was interviewed for the article "The Multibillion-Dollar Direct-Selling Industry Dodges the FTC" published in Bloomberg Businessweek Small Business on April 16, 2012. Click here to read the full article.


Publication: Christopher Feldmeir published "Compliance Shortfalls-When It's Time to Say 'I'm Sorry'." in the March issue of Franchising World. Click here to read the full article.


News: Congratulations to Chalegne O'Brien who just closed a $13,000,000 New Market Tax Credit, Federal and State Tax Credit and Brownfield Tax Credit project through her representation of Better Family Life, Inc. for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary Building located in the City of St. Louis. Click here for more information and to read the news article.


News: Congratulations to John Petite on a big appellate victory. John briefed and argued an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which reversed a district court judgment and held that a brand covenant in the real property deed to a gas station was valid and enforceable. The same restriction was used in deeds to more than one hundred stations in Virginia and is thus a critical safeguard of the client's distribution model in that geography. Read the full opinion here.


Alert: Labor & Employment Alert
NLRB "Employment Rights" Posting Survives First Court Challenge, But Enforcement Powers Limited. Click here for more information.


Alert: The NEW Missouri Qualified Spousal (Joint) Trust - The Perfect Asset Protection Technique? This law authorizes the creation of a joint revocable trust by a married couple. Read the full article by Keith Herman and Jennifer Davis to learn more.


News: Congratulations to Erv Switzer on his "Big Assignment." Erv has been asked to compile the state consumer protection laws nationwide for an American Bar Association publication. Switzer, a former Missouri Attorney General chief counsel, will edit work by more than 40 leading consumer protection law attorneys, with publication slated for summer 2013.


Publication: Keith Herman published "Using Life Insurance for Asset Protection - What is really protected?" in the January/February issue of the Journal of the Missouri Bar. The article discusses what life insurance policies are protected from creditors under Missouri law. Click here to read the full article.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of the Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group in our Chicago office, Patrick M. Jones.


Alert: Employment Discrimination May Become More Difficult to Prove.
Check out this article by our Labor & Employment Practice Group about new bills passed in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate that would make employment discrimination more difficult to prove. Click here to read the article.


Presentation: Dawn Johnson will be on the bench/bar panel for the 2012 Advanced Trial Skills: Issues in Electronic Evidence program for state court judges March 29-30 at Lake Ozark, MO.


News: Greensfelder was awarded the Legal Employer Diversity Award from Washington University Black Law Student Association for its commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

David Simmons received the Professional Mentorship Award from the organization.

Click here for more information.


Alert: Labor & Employment Alert
The NEW Union Election Process: How will it affect your organization? Click here to read how it will place employers at a disadvantage in union representation campaigns.


News: St. Louis Small Business Monthly names Jennifer Davis and Leonard Vines as "Top St. Louis Attorneys for 2012".


Publication: Mary Reitz recently published the 2011-2012 edition of the MAI Jury Instruction Companion Handbook. The Handbook is designed to assist in the preparation of Jury Instructions.


Presentation: John Petite will be speaking at the 2012 ABA Petroleum Marketing Attorneys' Meeting on April 19-20, 2012 in Washington, DC on brand covenant and right of first refusal issues that arise when retail gasoline station properties are sold. For more information, click here.


Interview: Donald Kennedy was interviewed for the article "Tenants seek protection versus landlord foreclosure" published in the St. Louis Business Journal on January 20, 2012.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of the Corporate Practice Group in our Chicago office, Michael O'Shaughnessy.


News: Greensfelder welcomes the newest member of the Employee Benefits Practice Group, Thomas H. Mug. For more information, click here.


Alert: Labor & Employment Client Alert: NLRB "Employee Rights" Posting Further Delayed. Click here for more information.


Interview: Chris Bailey was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch as well as on KPLR-11 and Fox 2 discussing issues surrounding office holiday parties on December 16, 2011. To watch the interview, click here. To read the article in the Post, click here.


News: Congratulations to the Firm’s Construction Practice Group, ranked Tier 1 nationally in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2011-2012 Best Law Firms rankings. Click here for more information on all the Firm’s rankings.


News: Russell Scott received the prestigious 2011 Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award. The award honors Scott for his significant contributions to law, society and the Illinois Bar Foundation and The Fellows program. Click here for more information.


Interview: Vanessa Keith was interviewed for the Corporate Counsel Desk Book 2012 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Her Q and A addresses recent developments in employment law and appears in the section titled, "Law Firm Rankings: Employment."


News: Mary Reitz was recently elected President of the Jefferson County Board of Park Commissioners by the Board's members.


Interview: Jennifer Davis was featured in the November 4, 2011 St. Louis Business Journal article "Exemptions create great era for gifting".  Click here to read the entire article.


Event: Greensfelder's annual Securities Symposium was held on November 3, 2011 at the Danforth Science Center with more than 120 compliance professionals, attorneys and regulators in attendance. Special thanks to our esteemed speakers including Linda Feinberg, President of FINRA Dispute Resolution and Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor Phyliss Borzi as well as Jane Matoesian, Dennis Capriglione and BAMSL for organizing the event.


Alert: The October edition of the Franchising and Distribution Newsletter is now available. Click here for more information.


News: Congratulations to Keith Herman who was elected to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers who have demonstrated the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Click here to read more.


News: Congratulations to Russell Scott who received The Pro Bono Service Award for his more than 25 years of pro bono representation and service to the Board of Directors and as President of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation to the Legal Services Corporation.


News: 33 Greensfelder attorneys were named to the Best Lawyers in America 2012 Edition. Click here for more information.


News: Dawn Johnson was selected to participate in the 36th 2011-2012 Leadership St. Louis® class. These participants join a prestigious and diverse group of more than 1,900 community leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976 through FOCUS St. Louis. Click here for more information.


Publication: Phil Stanton's article "Bounty Hunters: open season on office unity" was published in the August 26, 2011 St. Louis Business Journal. Click here to read the entire article.


Alert: The Summer edition of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Update is now available. Click here to read the newsletter.


Publication: Daniel Janich's article "Without Proper Planning, Contingent Workers Pose Serious Legal Risks to Employer Benefit Plans" was published in the July issue of Employee Benefit Plan Review.

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