Monthly Archives: December 2011

"How Raquel Rodriguez develops a team to grow McDonald Hopkins in a new market," Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez interviewed by Smart Business Florida

How Raquel Rodriguez develops a team to grow McDonald Hopkins in a new market

Raquel Rodriguez interviewed by Smart Business Florida

Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez was physically starting a new Miami law office from scratch. She didn’t have a team of employees. She didn’t have an actual office yet. From a support standpoint, however, she had a stacked deck.

Joining McDonald Hopkins LLC as its newest managing member in 2011, Rodriquez had the rich culture and resources of a firm with an 80-year history of client service success. 

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"How to reap tax savings for selling your products abroad," Mark Klimek interviewed by Smart Business Magazine

How to reap tax savings for selling your products abroad

Mark Klimek interviewed by Smart Business Magazine

If your company exports products or provides certain services abroad, you may be able to achieve significant tax savings by establishing an Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC).

“Despite the name, this tax saving technique is fairly straightforward,” says Mark D. Klimek, chair of the Tax Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins. “It is not aggressive from a tax standpoint or overly complicated from a legal or accounting standpoint. In fact, it’s not very complicated at all. An IC-DISC can be set up for a relatively low cost, which can easily be recovered in the first year of tax savings alone.” 

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Toby Eveland profiled by Windy City Times for his national honor of being selected one of the “Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40″

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Toby Eveland

Toby Eveland

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Associate Toby Eveland was profiled in the December 21 issue of Windy City Times. The article, “Local gay attorney gets national honor,” discusses Mr. Eveland’s selection as one of the “Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40″ by the National LGBT Bar Association and his involvement with the LGBT community. “I was incredibly honored,” to be selected, he said. “The fact that the National LGBT Bar Association chose to recognize me in a group of 40 attorneys from across the country for our professional and civic contributions actually was quite humbling.”

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John L. Ropiequet quoted in BNA’s Bankruptcy Reporter article on privilege concerns regarding CFPB examinations

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney John L. Ropiequet

John L. Ropiequet

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner John L. Ropiequet was quoted in an article appearing in the December 4 issue of Bureau of National Affairs’ Bankruptcy Reporter. The article, “Questions Regarding Privilege Claims Raised as CFPB Begins Examinations,” discusses the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) as a federal financial institution regulator and concerns for whether information shared by a bank with CFPB examiners will remain privileged. The article includes Mr. Ropiequet’s viewpoints regarding the unlikelihood of that privilege to be waived when a bank is compelled to share documents with examiners.

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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article quotes Thomas F. McGuire and Robert E. McKenzie on tax filings for same-sex couples

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Thomas F. McGuire

Thomas F. McGuire

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Thomas F. McGuire and Robert E. McKenzie were quoted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s December 19 article, “Civil unions create complex tax returns.” The article discusses conflicts between state and federal tax filings for same-sex couples. Mr. McGuire and Mr. McKenzie commented on the opportunity this has created for couples to file together at the state level. While they believe this is a step forward, the discrepancy between state and federal filings may create complications and conflict with the IRS.

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Are defined benefit plans going the way of the dinosaurs or simply evolving?

Over the past 30 years, the number of employees participating in defined-benefit pension plans sponsored by their employers has fallen by approximately 50 percent.  During that same period, participation in defined-contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) has dramatically risen.  There are a number of potential explanations for this phenomenon including, (i) the fact that many employers have grown tired of dealing with the risk and volatility associated with defined-benefit plans, (ii) employees seem to better understand and favor defined-contribution plans with their individual accounts that can be easily tracked, and (iii) many manufacturing companies, the traditional sponsors of defined-benefit plans, have consolidated, closed their doors or moved their operations overseas.

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2011 Rundown of OSHA’s Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program and Rulemaking

By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

OSHA’s keen interest in enforcement related to combustible dust shows no sign of waning as we close the door on 2011.  OSHA’s Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), initiated in 2008, continued in earnest through 2011, and notably, has no expiration date.  The number of violations and the size of civil penalties arising out of the Combustible Dust NEP inspections continue to rise, and OSHA points to that data as support for its active pursuit of a comprehensive Combustible Dust Standard.

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Trademark Expungement Proceedings: Standing as a “Person Interested”

In McCallum Industries Ltd. v. HJ Heinz Co. Australia Ltd., the Federal Court dismissed the applicant’s action to expunge the respondent’s trademark under s. 57(1) of the Trade-marks Act.

Both the applicant and the respondent produced canned and processed meat products in Canada, the applicant under the name “PALM & Device“, and the respondent under the name “OX & PALM”. The applicant was granted a trademark in July 2003, while the respondent was granted a trademark in October 2005.

Section 57(1) allows “any person interested” to apply to the Federal Court for an order that any entry in the register be struck out or amended on the grounds that at the date of the application the entry as it appears on the register does not accurately express or define the existing rights of the person appearing to be the registered owner of the trademark. The applicant sought expungement of the respondent’s trademark on the grounds that the trademark was confusing to the public, that the respondent was not the person entitled to secure registration of the trademark, and that the trademark was non-distinctive.

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Linda Strause on the dispute regarding ownership of the buffer oil, "Dienas Bizness"

Linda Strause

In this edition of newspaper “Dienas Bizness”, Linda Strause, senior associate of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE comments on the dispute between the Republic of Latvia and LatRosTrans regarding ownership of the buffer oil, and indicates why in this dispute it would be hastily to conclude that the buffer oil should be considered as property without heirs.

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Ivars Grunte is the lawyer of the week, “Jurista Vārds”

Ivars Grunte

In the weekly magazine “Jurista Vārds” Ivars Grunte, partner of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, has been nominated as the lawyer of the week. 30 years active practice as a sworn attorney, founder of one of the first law firms in Latvia, and the leading partner of one of the biggest law firms in the Baltics TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, are only a few of his achievements. In the interview Ivars Grunte shares his working and life experience.

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