07.10.17

Client Bulletin: Federal Trade Commission Updates Compliance Guidelines On Collecting Information Online From Children Under 13

By William Baker. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) restricts the collection by online services of personal information from children under the age of 13.  Enacted in 1998 with the initial purpose of deterring predators from contacting children through online chat rooms, COPPA as applied now restricts many categories of information collection, including targeting […]
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07.07.17

Susan Rogers Issues the July Washington Tax Newsletter

At the end of June, Congress left Washington to return home for a week-long July 4th recess with no progress on the FY 2018 budget, the debt ceiling limit, health care reform, or tax reform.   The Senate continued to focus on health care reform in an effort to move on from that issue to tax reform, but leadership was unable […]
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06.19.17

Client Bulletin: Time Running Out For Online Service Providers To Preserve Their DMCA “Safe Harbor” Protection

By William Baker. Internet websites, mobile apps, social media, and similar services are reminded to file an electronic designation of agent with the U.S. Copyright Office by December 1, 2017.  This is necessary to qualify for the “safe harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that protects online service providers from monetary liability based […]
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06.07.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Melinda A. Sossamon

We are pleased to announce that Melinda A. Sossamon has joined us as a Partner in our Intellectual Property and Corporate practice areas. Ms. Sossamon is a Partner who counsels on a wide range of intellectual property issues and corporate and commercial transactions, as well as provides outsourced general counsel services. She brings more than […]
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06.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

The agenda and legislative schedule facing Congress in the months ahead continues to present significant challenges with uncertainty as to whether any major legislation can be passed in the near future.  There is divided opinion in Washington about whether the firing of FBI Director Comey and the related investigations of Russian contacts with Trump campaign personnel will make […]
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06.02.17

Janet Satterthwaite Ranked in Chambers USA 2017

We are pleased to announce that our Trademark Partner Janet Satterthwaite has been ranked again in the prestigious Chambers USA 2017 guide.  This is the third consecutive year that she has been accorded this honor; she is one of only sixteen lawyers in the Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets category in Washington DC to receive […]
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05.23.17

Client Bulletin: New Guidance Suggests that Companies Revisit their Password Policies

By Jeff Kosseff Companies should review their policies on the passwords required to access their information systems to ensure that they comply with evolving federal standards. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is revising Special Publication 800-63B, Digital Identity Guidelines for authentication. Although the NIST guidelines are drafted primarily for federal government agencies, […]
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05.18.17

Arbitration Agreements and Black Swans: Supreme Court Strikes Down Kentucky’s Clear Statement Rule as an Impermissible Impediment to Arbitration

By John R. Snyder On May 15 the Supreme Court yet again reasserted the preeminence of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) over state courts’ efforts to concoct end runs around its dictates. In Kindred Nursing Centers LP v. Clark, No. 16-32, the Court held the Kentucky Supreme Court had “flouted the FAA’s command to place […]
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05.11.17

Potomac Law Welcomes R. Frederic Henschel

We are pleased to announce that Rouget Frederic (Ric) Henschel has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Henschel’s practice focuses on counseling clients in patent matters, representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), litigation, and licensing. His experience includes technologies such as biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and […]
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05.03.17

Susan Rogers Issues the May Washington Tax Newsletter

The White House and Congress continue to face a full legislative agenda including budget deadlines, tax reform, health care reform, and House and Senate intelligence committee hearings on Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The White House released a one-page fact sheet outlining principles for comprehensive tax reform, but did not include legislative language or technical explanations of the […]
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04.03.17

Susan Rogers Issues the April Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress and the White House continue to manage a full legislative agenda including health care reform, budget deadlines, tax reform, House and Senate intelligence committee hearings on Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. The current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on April 28th, and Congress will have to address […]
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04.01.17

Potomac Law Partner Janet Satterthwaite Quoted In Associated Press Article On President Trump’s Chinese Trademarks

Potomac Law Partner Janet Satterthwaite was quoted by the Associated Press on President Trump being granted Chinese trademarks.  The article was picked up by dozens of other publications and tv stations and can be found here. Ms. Satterthwaite is an internationally-recognized trademark attorney with over thirty years of experience in all aspects of global trademark prosecution and strategic counseling as […]
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03.21.17

Another Court Victory: PLG Charity Basketball Squad Takes Top Honors at DC Tourney

Potomac Law’s basketball team participated in the 4th Annual SOUL Corporate Basketball Challenge this past weekend in Washington DC, winning both the 3-point shoot-out competition and the overall tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.   The team defeated PricewaterhouseCoopers in the final to claim the title.  SOUL (Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership) is a sports-based youth […]
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03.20.17

Client Bulletin: New York Financial Cybersecurity Regulations Take Effect This Month

On March 1, the New York Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) cybersecurity regulations took effect. Although the regulations only cover banks, insurance companies, and other financial services companies that are regulated by DFS, the new rules could affect companies that provide services to DFS-regulated organizations. Among the key requirements of the new rules for regulated […]
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03.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the March Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress faces a full legislative agenda for the spring including budget deadlines, health care reform, and tax reform.  The White House and House leaders have called for tax reform by the August recess, while the Senate appears to be on a slower pace for completion of a comprehensive tax package. President Trump addressed Congress on February 28th, presenting […]
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03.02.17

PLG Scores Fourth Circuit Win

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today unanimously affirmed a decision in favor of a Saudi family wrongfully accused of violating a federal trafficking statute. PLG had obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where the court rejected a domestic employee’s claim brought under the […]
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02.24.17

Potomac Law Welcomes John R. Snyder

We are pleased to announce that John R. Snyder has joined the firm as a Partner in the Litigation, Administrative & Regulatory, Appellate & Critical Motions, and Arbitration practice groups. John Snyder has more than thirty years of experience as a litigator and regulatory attorney with a focus on commercial and financial litigation, including defense […]
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02.20.17

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan quoted in The Washington Post

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan is quoted in a Washington Post article on U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Read the article here. Ms. Khan is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Appellate practice groups. She has served as counsel in thirty-five U.S. Supreme Court cases, more than one hundred federal appellate proceedings, scores of […]
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02.13.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Todd S. Bontemps

We are pleased to announce that Todd S. Bontemps has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group. Mr. Bontemps brings more than twenty years of experience in his field with particular expertise in intellectual property protection and strategic branding, both domestically and internationally. His practice is focused on trademark, copyright, domain […]
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02.06.17

Janet Sattherthwaite Honored Once Again by World Trademark Review (WTR)

For the fifth year in a row, Ms. Satterthwaite was named in WTR 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, the industry’s preeminent publication. The WTR conducts extensive research over many months to determine the leading national and international trademark practitioners from around the globe. Ms. Satterthwaite was recognized for her prosecution, strategy, and enforcement work. […]
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02.02.17

Susan Rogers Issues the February Washington Tax Newsletter

Congressional Republicans held an annual retreat to discuss their agenda for 2017 including a “Two Hundred Day” plan.   President Trump joined the retreat and encouraged an aggressive agenda on health care, tax reform and new trade deals. Speaker Ryan has commented that the “Two Hundred Day Plan” may eventually take the entire year to complete, although he plans to have […]
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01.22.17

Potomac Law Names New Partners

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Teresa A. Alutto Schmidt and Iris Wong have become Partners of the firm. Teresa (“Reese”) A. Alutto-Schmidt Reese Alutto-Schmidt is a Partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation practice groups, with deep experience in internal investigations, government enforcement litigation, and motions practice in state and federal courts.  She received her J.D. from the American University, Washington […]
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01.14.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Jeff Kosseff

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Kosseff has joined us as Counsel in the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity and Media, Entertainment, and Communications practice groups. Mr. Kosseff brings experience counseling clients, ranging from start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, on emerging privacy and cybersecurity legal issues.  He is the author of the […]
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01.12.17

Susan Rogers Issues the January Washington Tax Newsletter

President-elect Trump will take office on January 20, 2017.  Congress convened on January 3, 2017.  Based on comments from the Republican leadership and President-elect Trump, it is expected that the Congressional agenda in the early months of 2017 will include repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tax reform, and changes to environmental regulations, as well as confirmation hearings […]
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01.06.17

Client Bulletin: NIST Releases Cybersecurity Recovery Guidelines

By: Jeff Kosseff, Counsel in Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Companies, nonprofits, and other organizations should develop comprehensive plans to recover from cybersecurity incidents such as data breaches and ransomware, according to new guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery, NIST Special Publication 800-184, is not a legally […]
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12.13.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Richard P. McHugh

We are pleased to announce that Richard P. McHugh has joined us as a Partner in our Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice group. Mr. McHugh is a specialist in all areas of employee benefits law, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, incentive compensation programs, ESOPs and health and welfare benefit plans, with considerable experience […]
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12.07.16

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

On November 8th, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.  During the transition period until inauguration day on January 20, 2017, he is working to assemble a team of advisors and cabinet members.  The key appointee for the agenda on tax reform will be Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, […]
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12.06.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Katherine Barker Marshall

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Barker Marshall has joined our firm as Counsel in our Media, Entertainment & Communications and Technology & IP Transactions practice groups. Ms. Marshall advises wireless carriers, wireline carriers, infrastructure companies, emerging technology companies, satellite companies, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers on local, state, and federal regulatory and transactional issues. Specifically, Ms. Marshall […]
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11.29.16

Client Bulletin: New Federal Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

By: Timothy Bergin, Partner in Litigation and Antitrust practice groups. On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) jointly issued Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals (“Guidance”).  An accompanying press release by the Antitrust Division states that executives and managers “may face jail time” and, along […]
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11.28.16

Client Bulletin: Federal Court Ruling Blocks Overtime Rule Changes

By: Wendy Fischman, Partner in Employment and Corporate practice groups. In May 2016, the Department of Labor issued a new “Final Rule” drastically changing the calculation for when and how employees may be exempted from the federal law requiring overtime pay.  The Final Rule was set to become effective on December 1, 2016. Late yesterday, […]
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11.14.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Neil McGaraghan

We are pleased to announce that Neil McGaraghan has joined us as a Partner in our Litigation group and will spearhead the launch of our Boston office.   Mr. McGaraghan focuses his practice on complex dispute resolution in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  Mr. McGaraghan represents both plaintiffs […]
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11.10.16

Susan Rogers Issues the November Washington Tax Newsletter

The November 8th  elections will produce major changes in Washington with the Republicans in charge of the White House, House and Senate (albeit not with a filibuster-proof margin).  The policymaking agenda in Washington will be determined by these changes with clear impacts on developments in the area of tax policy and the future of comprehensive […]
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11.07.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Chuck Lobsenz

We are pleased to announce that Chuck Lobsenz has joined our firm as a Partner in our Patent, Intellectual Property, and Technology Transactions groups. Mr. Lobsenz has over 25 years of experience practicing law. He is a registered patent attorney and has prepared and prosecuted patents relating to electrical and mechanical technologies as well as […]
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10.19.16

Susan Rogers Issues the October Washington Tax Newsletter

Before leaving town for an extended recess ending after the November 8th elections, Congress approved a short-term funding bill for the federal government.  The same issues must be addressed in a lame duck session in December but with uncertainty as to how they will be resolved pending the outcome of the elections. The Treasury Department […]
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10.14.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Jessica Chod

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Chod has joined us as a Counsel in the Corporate group. Jessica Chod’s practice focuses on general corporate and contract law matters, as well as corporate governance and best practices.  Prior to joining Potomac Law, Ms. Chod served as a corporate counsel of a multi-national corporation and as outside counsel. […]
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10.10.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Laurent Campo

We are pleased to announce that Laurent Campo has joined us as a Partner in the Corporate group. Mr. Campo has extensive and broad experience counseling clients in M&A, corporate transactions, strategic alliances, complex commercial transactions, as well as administrative and regulatory law compliance. He brings more than two decades of experience both as an in-house […]
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10.09.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Vanessa Chernick

We are pleased to announce that Vanessa Chernick has joined the firm as Counsel in our Real Estate group. Vanessa Chernick has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and finance law. She understands the full life cycle of real estate from strategy to purchase, development, finance, operations and leasing to workouts, foreclosures […]
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09.27.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Sotiris “Ted” Planzos

We are pleased to announce that Ted Planzos has joined the firm as a Partner in our White Collar Defense and Investigations and Litigation practice groups. Ted Planzos is a Partner who has a long and successful record of defending corporate executives, public and private companies and individuals in criminal, regulatory and congressional investigations and […]
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09.20.16

Susan Rogers Issues the September Washington Tax Newsletter

The Presidential and Congressional campaigns are in full gear, while Congress has returned to Washington with a target adjournment date of October 7th to prepare for the November 8th elections.  In an election year that has been unconventional, there is considerable uncertainty about what the political landscape in Washington will be post-election, not only with […]
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09.14.16

Potomac Law Launches Appellate & Critical Motions practice Group

We are pleased to announce the launch of Potomac Law’s Appellate & Critical Motions practice group. Potomac Law is launching the Appellate & Critical Motions practice group that will handle all aspects of appellate litigation before the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeal, and the appellate courts of Maryland, Washington, DC, and other […]
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09.08.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Ayesha N. Khan

We are pleased to announce that Ayesha N. Khan has joined the firm as a Partner to launch our Appellate & Critical Motions practice group. Ayesha N. Khan has over two decades of experience litigating high-stakes appeals in state and federal courts nationwide. She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, every federal […]
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08.31.16

Assignment and Change of Control Clauses in License Agreements

By: Larry Schroepfer There’s a provision in license agreements (and many, many other agreements for that matter) that’s often relegated to the “boilerplate” at the end of the document, and it’s whether either or both parties can assign their rights under the agreement to third parties.  Sandwiched somewhere between “Severability” and “Entire Agreement”, this clause […]
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08.08.16

PLG Partner William Baker Elected Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law

PLG Partner William Baker was elected Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law at the ABA’s recent annual meeting in San Francisco. The Section focuses on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law and technology.  Recent initiatives include programs and publications on the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, drones, autonomous […]
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07.12.16

Part 2 Beyond Biglaw: Interview with a “NewLaw” Pioneer

Above the Law interviewed Marlene Laro, Partner & Chief Operating Officer of Potomac Law, a law firm founded with the idea of offering clients and lawyers an alternative to Biglaw structure and rates. Read the second part of the article here: Beyond Biglaw: Interview With A “NewLaw” Pioneer (Part 2)
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07.06.16

PLG Partner Heather Broadwater interviewed for National Business Officers Association’s Net Assets magazine.

PLG Partner Heather Broadwater interviewed for National Business Officers Association’s Net Assets magazine. Stacey Freed’s article “Travel Assurance” for the NBOA focuses on what schools can and are doing to reduce anxieties related to study abroad programs in a time where concerns range about everything from Zika to terrorism.  Heather Broadwater, an expert in counseling educational institutions of all sizes, says […]
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07.05.16

Beyond Biglaw: Interview with a “NewLaw” Pioneer (Part I)

Above the Law interviewed Marlene Laro, Partner & Chief Operating Officer of Potomac Law, a law firm founded with the idea of offering clients and lawyers an alternative to Biglaw structure and rates. Read here: Beyond Biglaw: Interview With A ‘NewLaw’ Pioneer (Part I)
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06.07.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Katie Wood

We are pleased to announce that Katie Wood has joined the firm as Counsel. Katie Wood is a Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Antitrust and Competition Law practice groups.  She represents clients in a wide range of state and federal commercial litigation matters, including antitrust and trade regulation, unfair competition, Lanham Act, libel, interference, […]
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06.03.16

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

In the June edition of the PLG Washington Tax News, Susan Rogers includes an update on Congressional Activity, Tax Reform, Treasury/IRS update, Wyden Discussion Dra on Cost Recovery Reform & Simplification, and International Issues. Click the image below to read the newsletter.  
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06.03.16

Potomac Law Welcomes George S. Dolina

We are pleased to announce that George Dolina has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. George Dolina is a patent attorney specializing in electrical, mechanical, and computer related inventions.  Mr. Dolina began his career in intellectual property law as a patent agent in 2007.  After graduating with honors from law school, he developed his expertise […]
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05.19.16

Client Bulletin: DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Exemption Salary Minimums

By: Gina Del Negro, Wendy Fischman, and Catherine Guttman-McCabe On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted on its website (https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/index.htm), the long-awaited Final Rule regarding the new overtime regulations that it proposed last summer.  The Final Rule is effective December 1, 2016, and is estimated to extend overtime pay eligibility to over 4 […]
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05.17.16

Client Bulletin: The Defend Trade Secrets Act

By: Catherine Guttman-McCabe What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), effective May 11, 2016, makes trade secret theft a federal crime and provides employers with powerful protection for trade secret misappropriation by creating a new federal cause of action. However, employers must take certain steps to fully […]
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05.06.16

Satterthwaite listed in Global Top 250 Women in IP by MIP

The 2016 edition of the Managing Intellectual Property – IP STARS list of the Top 250 Women in IP (Top 250 list) included PLG’s Janet Satterthwaite. In an era of globalization the field of intellectual property grows more and more complex with each year. As commercial and governmental institutions seek to extend their influence beyond […]
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05.04.16

Susan Rogers issues the PLG May Washington Tax Newsletter

In the May edition of the PLG Washington Tax News, Susan Rogers includes an update on Congressional Activity, Tax Reform, Treasury/IRS update, Inversions, Earnings Stripping and the new 385 Regulations, and International Tax Policy and BEPS. Click the image below to read the newsletter.  
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04.11.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Marina Jáudenes

We are pleased to announce Marina Jáudenes has joined the firm as a Counsel. Marina Jáudenes is an attorney and former investment banker with experience covering a wide range of domestic and cross-border corporate, securities, M&A and finance-related transactions. She has advised on legal issues affecting various business areas and worked closely with U.S. and […]
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03.20.16

Satterthwaite and Kabler Author an Article for the RAMW on Protecting your Brand

Potomac Law’s Janet Satterthwaite and Steve Kabler wrote an article for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) website. The blog post focused on a restaurant’s brand being its most valuable asset. The post, entitled “Top 5 Tips to Protect Your Brand in 2016” will stop others from imitating your restaurant, and avoid being sued. You can check […]
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03.11.16

Client Bulletin: CMS’s Final 60-Day Rule Emphasizes Need for Proactive Self-Audits

By: Harry Silver The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its Final Regulations interpreting the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-imposed 60-Day Rule which requires healthcare providers and suppliers to return overpayments received from Medicare within 60 days of their “identification.” As discussed in a previous Client Bulletin, the ACA does not specify what […]
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03.08.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Susan Hendrix

We are pleased to announce Susan Hendrix has joined the firm as a Counsel. Susan Hendrix focuses her practice on healthcare, investigations and litigation.  Ms. Hendrix provides compliance advice, and conducts internal investigations on health care regulations, health care guidance, and health care-related company policies. In addition to providing compliance advice and conducting investigations, Ms. […]
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03.02.16

Fischman and Kabler pen article for RAMW about key compensation issues affecting restaurants

Potomac Law’s Wendy Fishchman and Steve Kabler pen an article for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) about the key compensation issues affecting restaurants. The post, entitled “Key Employee Compensation Laws Affecting Restaurants” will make sure that you are paying them correctly under federal and state law. You can check out more from the RAMW Blog […]
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03.01.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Susan Rogers

We are pleased to announce Susan Rogers has joined the firm as a Partner. Ms. Rogers is a Partner in the firm’s Taxation practice group.  She has three decades of experience in the tax policy and advocacy field, including extensive experience as the Head of Global Tax Policy for a leading Fortune 100 company and […]
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02.29.16

Potomac Law Welcomes John Moss

We are pleased to announce John Moss has joined the firm as a Partner.  John Moss, a Partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, represents clients in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts.  He has represented several Fortune 100 global companies in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturers and retailers of […]
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01.21.16

William Baker co-writes article in Newspaper Association of America

PLG’s William B. Baker co-wrote an article “USPS Can’t Reject Mailings with Marijuana Ads” published in the Newspaper Association of America on January 20, 2016. In the article, Mr. Baker and co-author Paul Boyle, NAA Senior Vice President, Public Policy discuss the nuances of the Controlled Substances Act and how it relates to the USPS. In a […]
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01.18.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Mark A. Catan

We are pleased to announce Mark A. Catan has joined the firm as a Partner. Mark A. Catan is a Partner with extensive experience in all areas of patent law.  Mr. Catan’s practice includes strategic counseling, patent validity and infringement opinions, patent prosecution, IP transactions, and IP due diligence in support of mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Catan possesses […]
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01.15.16

Satterthwaite selected as one of the 2016 WTR’s leading trademark professionals

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that partner Janet Satterthwaite was selected as one of the 2016 World Trademark Review 1000 leading trademark professionals.  Ms. Satterthwaite is an internationally-recognized trademark attorney, with expertise in global trademark prosecution, strategic counseling and litigation at the first-chair level. Janet Satterthwaite recently joined virtual firm Potomac Law Group from Venable. The renowned counsellor and first-chair trial lawyer […]
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01.14.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Robert S. Mayer

We are pleased to announce that Robert S. Mayer has joined the firm as a Partner. Robert Mayer is a registered patent attorney who drafts and prosecutes patent applications for a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, bar code scanners, semiconductors, photocopiers, consumer electronics, and software. He manages patent portfolios, helps clients mine patentable ideas from their technical staff, […]
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01.06.16

PLG Serves as Buy-Side Co-Counsel in Stagwell’s Acquisition of Creative Agency Code and Theory

The Wall Street Journal describes Stagwell as “one of a new wave of players in the advertising industry seeking to challenge traditional ad holding companies by putting a range of assets under one umbrella.”  Code and Theory’s speciality “in creating large-scale web experiences ‘is something that’s going to be mission-critical for major products,'” according to Stagwell founder, […]
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12.21.15

What is CleanClaim?

By: Harry R. Silver CleanClaim is an essential element of any effective compliance program. CleanClaim compares your claims for the past 12 months against an extensive up-to-date data bank of billing and coding rules required by Medicare, Medicaid, private and commercial payers, and standards organizations. Your claims data moves directly from your IT system to our software vendor’s secure […]
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12.10.15

Client Bulletin: The First Judicial Interpretation of the ACA’s 60-Day Rule Increases Uncertainty and Risk for Health Care Providers

By: Harry Silver The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires healthcare providers and suppliers to report and return overpayments made by Medicare or Medicaid within 60 days after they have been “identified” (“the 60-Day Rule”). The ACA does not define “identified,” administrative regulations intended to do so were proposed in 2012 but have not yet been […]
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11.12.15

Satterthwaite selected as 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyer

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that partner Janet Satterthwaite was selected to be on the 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Only 5% of attorneys in Washington DC receive this distinction.​​  Ms. Satterthwaite is an internationally-recognized trademark attorney, with expertise in global trademark prosecution, strategic counseling and litigation at the first-chair level.  
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11.12.15

Potomac Law Welcomes Elissa Brockbank Reese

We are pleased to announce that Elissa Reese has joined the firm as a Counsel. Ms. Reese represents clients in connection with a broad range of intellectual property rights with an emphasis on enforcement and litigation.  Her breadth of intellectual property work includes trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, internet keyword advertising, cybersquatting and domain name […]
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11.04.15

PLG Partner Messika quoted in The American Lawyer article about women and power

In an article for The American Lawyer, Vivia Chen discusses why women are still underrepresented in positions of power. The article focuses on a recent study published by Harvard Business School’s Francesca Gino and Alison Wood Brooks finding “a profound and consistent gender gap in men and women’s core life goals.” Analyzing the results of nine studies involving over […]
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10.28.15

PLG’s Fischman Presenting at WIPL Network Conference

PLG’s Wendy Fischman will be participating on a panel titled, “Developing BYOD Programs For a Global Workforce”. Despite the popularity of BYOD, employers have less control over employees’ personally owned devices which poses challenges to employers. In particular BYOD programs raise key challenges for multinational employers, given the significant differences in local privacy and employment […]
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10.15.15

PLG mentioned in The Atlantic on if Lawyers Need Offices Anymore?

In an article by Leigh McMullan Abramson for The Atlantic , entitled “Do Lawyers Need Offices Anymore?” Abramson discusses firms are giving attorneys more flexibility by letting them work from home, but workplace culture might be taking a hit. And further, no one has yet found a technology that can substitute for face-to-face interaction. “You’re in […]
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10.03.15

Potomac Law Group Welcomes Janet Satterthwaite

We are pleased to announce that Janet F. Satterthwaite has joined the firm as a Partner. Janet Satterthwaite is an internationally-recognized and versatile trademark attorney, uniquely capable in all aspects of global trademark prosecution and strategic counseling, as well as litigation at the first-chair level.  For over twenty years, Ms. Satterthwaite has provided seamless, practical, […]
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09.30.15

Potomac Law Group Welcomes Timothy W. Bergin

We are pleased to announce that Timothy W. Bergin has joined the firm as a Partner. Tim Bergin has more than thirty years experience providing antitrust counseling, obtaining antitrust clearance for corporate mergers and acquisitions, and litigating antitrust cases.  Mr. Bergin has counseled many business clients on a range of issues under federal and state […]
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07.09.15

Client Bulletin: DOL Publishes Proposed Overtime Regulations Raising Salary Thresholds

By Wendy Fischman and Gina Del Negro.  On July 6, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published proposed regulations that would more than double the minimum salary requirements for employees to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional  (“white collar”) exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements of the federal Fair […]
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07.09.15

PLG mentioned in Forbes article on using data to select counsel

In an article by David Parnell for Forbes, entitled “Toby Unwin of ‘Premonition’: Mining Legal Data For More Effective Counsel Selection,” Parnell and Unwin discuss the effects of Big Data on the Legal Profession. When asked about what law firms will look like in 10-15 years, Unwin noted that Potomac Law’s model will likely predominate: […]
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07.02.15

PLG’s Heather Broadwater Publishes Article on International Student Homestays in Net Assets

The July/August edition of Net Assets, a publication of the National Business Officers Association, features an article by PLG Parter, Heather Broadwater. In the article, entitled “International Student Homestays: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?” Attorney Broadwater reviews the risks of international homestays, along with suggestions on how to minimize that risk. Click here to read the article in […]
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06.30.15

Client Bulletin: Your Personal Information is No Longer Private. Now What?

By Michaela Barry. The still unfolding data breach at the United States Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) has government employees and government contractors reeling.  As of today, it is still unclear exactly what and how much data has been stolen, but even conservative estimates are staggering.  For the millions of individuals with security clearances (or […]
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06.10.15

Potomac Law Group Welcomes Galia Messika

We are pleased to announce that Galia Messika has joined the firm as a Partner. Galia Messika has extensive and broad experience counseling companies’ senior management and boards of directors on resolving actual and potential disputes and litigating complex commercial cases.  She has handled a wide variety of matters including litigation over corporate control, securities, fraud […]
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05.26.15

Client Bulletin: Legal Considerations in Mobile Marketing

By William B. Baker.  Today nearly every business has a mobile marketing strategy.  Whether using mobile applications, mobile-optimized websites, or straightforward text messaging, the number of businesses communicating to mobile devices has soared since the introduction of the iPhone and tablets.  This trend will surely continue; a recent market survey for the Internet Advertising Bureau reports […]
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