Monthly Archives: December 2013

Robert A. McKenzie’s life in aviation, law basis for Law Bulletin story

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Robert A. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Of Counsel Robert A. McKenzie was interviewed by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for an article titled, “Aviation soars through life of attorney, pilot, airport board chair,” that was published on November 25. Recently, Mr. McKenzie was appointed chair of the Chicago Executive Airport Board of Directors. “It’s a great way for me to combine my love of aviation and law,” Mr. McKenzie says in the interview.

The suburban airport is the third largest in the state of Illinois and is jointly owned by the village of Wheeling and the city of Prospect Heights. The board develops the airport’s annual budget, approves contracts and submits grant applications. As chair, Robert will preside over board meetings and serve as board spokesman, in addition to participating in debates and discussions.

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Harley Storrings gives advice on company-sponsored holiday parties

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Harley Storrings

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Miami Partner Harley Storrings contributed to a Managing Small Biz article titled, Guidelines for Protecting Companies, Employees at Company-Sponsored Holiday Parties,” which was published on November 26. Mr. Storrings provides readers with eight general guidelines that can reduce potential legal liability when hosting a corporate holiday party.

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Ronald D. Menaker authors Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on protection of confidential communications between spouses

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Ronald D. Menaker

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner Ronald D. Menaker authored an article titled, “A primer on when the federal marital privilege is waived,” which was published on November 26 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article discusses common law in which confidential communications between husband and wife are to be protected in a court of law. This privilege is recognized in Illinois as well as in the federal system, however, it can be waived by the defendant’s failure to invoke it if and when a spouse is called to testify. Recently, these laws were brought to attention in a case that went before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Robert E. McKenzie to speak on hot topics to accountants and lawyers

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Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie will be participating in the American Law Institute’s CLE program “Hot Topics for Accountants & Tax Lawyers: Tax Returns, Advice & Examination.” This program, taking place on December 16, will discuss the hottest topics and best practices in accounting and tax law from some of the country’s brightest tax professionals. Mr. McKenzie will be presenting about the best practice and penalty avoidance in return preparation. The program will take place in Philadelphia, however it will also be available via webcast.

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Louis A. Lehr featured in Loyola University website alumni spotlight feature

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Louis A. Lehr

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Partner Emeritus Louis A. Lehr was recently featured by his alma mater, Loyola University School of Law, on its websites Alumni Spotlight feature. As Mr. Lehr will fully retire on December 31, he recently tried his last lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The spotlight highlights many accomplishments and honors during his extensive career that began at Arnstein & Lehr in 1955.

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In the bleak midwinter…

Last Thursday, the high winds the country was subjected to caused a huge amount of damage. In many cases, it also made travelling dangerous or impossible. While it is still too early to tell if we will have a white Christmas (an estimate can be found here), we are now approaching the time of year where adverse weather or travel disruption means employees attendance at work may not always be possible.

Planning ahead for employees’ absence caused by weather is a valuable exercise. It can ensure that your employees may still be able to carry out some or all of their duties by working from home or through attending at an alternative work location. This ensures that the business’ productivity levels do not follow the temperature and drop to zero.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: Budget deal reached

On the night of Tuesday, December 10th, a deal was struck between the House of Representatives and the Senate, with support from the White House, which makes a number of important policy changes that will reduce the deficit, temporarily replace the sequester, and begin the process of funding federal agencies before the January 15th deadline. This memo outlines the purpose and detail of this agreement.

Background

In the middle of October, in the midst of a federal government shutdown and approaching the deadline when the US Treasury would default on certain debts, Congress reached a deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Part of that agreement required the House and Senate to establish a conference committee to come to an agreement on their respective annual budget blueprints by December 13th. Though initial reports that this conference could be a venue for a larger “Grand Bargain” or other substantial reforms for long-term deficit reduction, the final agreement is far more modest.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: Budget deal reached

On the night of Tuesday, December 10th, a deal was struck between the House of Representatives and the Senate, with support from the White House, which makes a number of important policy changes that will reduce the deficit, temporarily replace the sequester, and begin the process of funding federal agencies before the January 15th deadline. This memo outlines the purpose and detail of this agreement.

Background

In the middle of October, in the midst of a federal government shutdown and approaching the deadline when the US Treasury would default on certain debts, Congress reached a deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Part of that agreement required the House and Senate to establish a conference committee to come to an agreement on their respective annual budget blueprints by December 13th. Though initial reports that this conference could be a venue for a larger “Grand Bargain” or other substantial reforms for long-term deficit reduction, the final agreement is far more modest.

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James Durkin to speak at City Club of Chicago

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Chicago Partner and Illinois House Republican Leader James Durkin will speak at a sold out event to the City Club of Chicago on November 26. The City Club of Chicago is an organization comprised of business and political leaders to provide a forum for discussion of civic and public affairs in the Chicago metropolitan area and the state of Illinois.

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David Newman authors article on best practices in patent enforcement

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Chicago Partner David Newman authored a November 20 article that was published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (CDLB) titled, “DOJ encourages best practices in patents.” In his article, David discusses a recent speech given by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse, in which she emphasized new efforts by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to enforce proper patent enforcement activity. The article even garnered attention, as the CDLB tweeted it out to their followers.

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