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Tax Attorney David H. Godenswager II joins McDonald Hopkins

CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 7, 2014) – David H. Godenswager II has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm’s Private Client Department.

Godenswager joins McDonald Hopkins after more than eight years at SS&G, one of the nation’s largest independent accounting and business consulting firms, where he was a member of the Transaction Advisory Services Group and International Tax Practice. He has substantial experience advising both private equity and corporate clients on merger, acquisition, reorganization, and restructuring activities, including due diligence, integration planning, identification and capture of synergies, transaction structuring, and valuation. Previously, he served nearly five years as an Associate at Zaccardelli Financial Services LLC in Parma Heights, Ohio.

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Special Report: What every higher education board member should know about college and university business officers

Consider this: colleges and universities are confronting declining enrollments and escalating costs while national student debt is staggering and many are questioning whether college is worth it. Are college and university board members appropriately engaged in this potential industry crisis? They should be. Those who sit on a higher education institution’s board have a legal duty to uphold the mission of providing a quality education, and to make sure they are fully informed about both the state of higher education and their institution. One important way to be proactive in fulfilling this responsibility is to be independently informed by discovering how the individuals in the trenches – the college and university business officers – view the financial stability of their institutions.

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HOWARD & HOWARD RATED AMONG NATION’S BEST LAW FIRMS BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT AND BEST LAWYERS®

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 6, 2014:  Howard & Howard has been ranked in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the following areas:

Metropolitan Tier 1

  • Detroit
    • Litigation – Intellectual Property
    • Litigation – Patent
    • Trademark Law
  • Las Vegas
    • Labor Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor & Employment

More…

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Fed. Circ. Revives Web Conference IP Suit Against Microsoft

Congratulations to Scott Marrs and Bill Norvell, and their entire team, Brian Bagley, Andy McGill, Mike Hansen, Diane Osterholt and Roy Eanes, for achieving a huge win this morning.

This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion (see attached) in Richard A. Williamson, Trustee for At Home Bondholders Liquidating Trust (Plaintiff-Appellant) v. Citrix Online, LLC, Citrix Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and Adobe Systems, Inc. et al.  Beirne, Maynard & Parsons represents plaintiffs in this very complex litigation involving intellectual property rights, which is pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  The appeal was argued approximately a year ago and the opinion has been long awaited.

It has been worth the wait.

The Court ruled in our client’s favor on all points, and has remanded the matter back to the District Court for further proceedings.  More…

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Complimentary Webinar – Eye on Ebola: Issues Impacting Health Care Providers

WHEN: November 17, 2014

TIME:    2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Please join us for a complimentary webinar addressing the professional and business challenges encountered by health care providers dealing with Ebola and other infectious diseases. This webinar will offer a clinical overview as well as a review of the guidelines which offer protocols for addressing concerns over Ebola and similar diseases, the health regulatory and risk management issues providers might consider in developing a response strategy, and the resulting labor and employment considerations facing health care employers. A question and answer period will follow the program.

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Complimentary Webinar – Eye on Ebola: Issues Impacting Health Care Providers

WHEN: November 17, 2014

TIME:    2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Please join us for a complimentary webinar addressing the professional and business challenges encountered by health care providers dealing with Ebola and other infectious diseases. This webinar will offer a clinical overview as well as a review of the guidelines which offer protocols for addressing concerns over Ebola and similar diseases, the health regulatory and risk management issues providers might consider in developing a response strategy, and the resulting labor and employment considerations facing health care employers. A question and answer period will follow the program.

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Estate planning attorney Michael P. Witzke joins the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins

Detroit, Michigan (November 6, 2014) – Accomplished estate planning attorney Michael P. Witzke has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins as a member in the firm’s Private Client Department.

Witzke comes to the business advisory and advocacy law firm with 25 years of experience practicing in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, financial planning, retirement planning, charitable giving, elder law, and business planning. He was previously with Witzke, Berry, Carter & Wander, PLLC as well as Butzel Long.

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Steve LaTourette on panel for National Journal’s Day After Conference

Click here to see discussion “Getting Congress to Govern.”

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Multistate Tax Update — November 6, 2014

In our Oct. 23, 2014 Multistate Tax Update, we wrote about Minnesota’s plans to increase its cigarette tax in 2015, and the potential rise in cigarette smuggling. Minnesota is not the only state struggling to combat the ill effects of this black market. Earlier this year, Bloomberg.com reported that between $7 billion and $10 billion in state and federal tax revenue is lost each year because of smuggling, up from $5 billion a few years ago, as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The ATF cites the smuggling of cigarettes between states to take advantage of tax differentials as the most pervasive type of tobacco-related tax avoidance schemes.

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Making Advance Health Care Decisions – Getting Started

Have you thought about what medical care you would like to receive in the event you become unable to express your wishes?  More importantly, have you shared those thoughts with loved ones and your medical professionals?  Like making your Will, planning for future incapacity can be difficult, and discussing it with your loved ones may be uncomfortable.    But this is one area where it is very much a case of an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.  Discussions with your loved ones clearly setting out your wishes on the types of medical care you wish to receive will not only lessen the likelihood of conflict amongst your loved ones, but will also allow them to make hard decisions knowing the decision is truly in keeping with your wishes.

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