InnovaCounsel Blog

In-House Advantages

Every business legal advice at some point and have to decide whether to consult outside counsel or hire in-house counsel. Deciding to hire in-house counsel comes with many advantages. By being integrated into the workplace, in-house counsel becomes part of … Continue reading

Terminating an Employee

Firing or laying off an employee can sometimes cause issues in the workplace. It can bring down productivity and morale or even cost the employer a lawsuit if it is handled improperly. In-house attorneys can help make this process go … Continue reading

Intellectual Property Protection

When companies come up with a new idea, they need to protect it. Intellectually property and patents can get messy if the right steps aren’t taken when the idea is first formed. Even Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the television, … Continue reading

Commercial Lease Consulting

Negotiating a commercial business lease is a complex process requiring knowledge and research of the area, the building, its past occupants, the owner and more. For a new business owner, this can be intimidating. Prior to finalizing a lease, it’s … Continue reading

Help! My Employee claims she is being harassed, how do I handle it?

This is a common complaint and problem for employers. Employees go to their supervisor or Human Resources (HR) and use the word “harassment”, it gets everyone nervous followed with questions on how to handle it. Many employees use this word … Continue reading

Greening the Corporation: Advising Companies on Compliance with Corporate Sustainability Requirements, By Dana M. Newman Partner, The General Counsel, LLC

For a growing number of businesses, implementing smart environmental policy aids legal compliance and promotes competitiveness Continue reading

2010 Employment Law Updates, by Jerry Bloch

Here are the most significant legislative changes applicable to California employers: A. FMLA (included in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act): 1. Military Caregiver Leave –Time off to care for injured or ill or active service members has been expanded … Continue reading

Liability Releases Held Unenforceable – Once Again, by Jerry Bloch

After Jason Lhotka died while on a Mt. Kilimanjaro hiking expedition, his heirs sued the San Francisco-based company that arranged the trip, Geographic Expeditions (GE). GE thought it had a “bullet-proof” release form limiting its liability to the cost of … Continue reading

The Blogging Employee, by Jerry Bloch

The use of the internet for social media purposes has made pundits and commentators out of anyone who wants to be one. What risks do employers have from their employees’ blogging, and facebooking? An article in the Los Angeles Daily … Continue reading

Billable Hour Fees Under Attack – Again!

Today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal includes yet another great article (most of it subscription protected) about companies continuing their efforts to push big law firms to abandon the billable hour fee structure in lieu of flat or fixed fees based … Continue reading