A friend recently told me about a new book, Billion Dollar Brand Club, by Lawrence Ingrassia. The book is about so-called industry "disruptors," who are finding success through Direct to Consumer (DTC) sales, rather than traditional distribution channels.

DTC is working...

I'm honored to have been elected to this year's Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business related categories. (I was elected in the "Corporate" category.) Lawyers elected into the Business North Carolina Legal Elite are cho...

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was signed into law in 2018, and goes into effect on January 1, 2020. In general (there are some nuances), the law applies to any business that collects or processes the personal information of California consumers and either...

We’ve talked a lot about trends and upcoming changes in privacy laws applicable to most of our clients’ businesses. Next month, I plan to circulate more updates, since I think it is imperative that everyone keep these laws on their radar.

In the meantime, some of our cl...

Clients often ask me whether employee restriction provisions, such as non-competes, are enforceable. On a basic level, these provisions place restrictions on employees after their termination or resignation so that they cannot immediately begin working for a competitor...

Corporate policies and procedures should be updated to reflect company culture and management goals, but also to comply with changes in rules and regulations. If you run a larger business, you likely have an employee handbook. Smaller companies may not have verbose han...

In case you haven't noticed, I've written a lot this year about big changes to data privacy laws. This month I thought I would hone in on a particular issue: using cookies on your website. You may have noticed recently that a lot of websites have starting using a banne...

For many business owners, the main goal of a business is to make money for its investors or principals. Everyone wants to increase their margins – for good reason - but many are starting to ask if a successful business can do more than that. Perhaps the true aim of a b...

There is always going to be some risk. Few agreements are ironclad, but it is helpful to conduct an assessment and build an internal portfolio of model agreements, such as non-disclosure agreements, master service and sales agreements, master purchase agreements (or PO...