Monthly Archives: February 2014

SDNY Judge Instructively Opines On Employee No Hire Agreement

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Reed Elsevier Inc. v. Transitions Holding Co., Inc., provides a useful overview of New York law on restrictive covenants. At issue was an employee non-poach agreement between two companies entered as a result of a settlement in the context of the earlier hiring of another senior executive with a non-compete. Not an unusual situation. What is somewhat unique is that the alleged “poaching” occurred in the context of the acquisition of the restricted employee’s company – – not the recruitment of the restricted employee. The Court determined not to enforce the non-hire finding that the plaintiff was unable to demonstrate that it would meet any of the four recognized “legitimate business interests” necessary to overcome the strong presumption of unenforceability of restrictive covenants under New York law.

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Amy L. Fracassini, Brian L. Gaudet and Donna M. White Conduct Webinar, "Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates"

On January 22, Davis Malm shareholders Amy L. FracassiniBrian L. Gaudet, and Donna M. White conducted a webinar, “Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates,” which addressed tax and estate planning issues facing wealth and estate professionals in Canada. The presentation focused on transactional issues associated with purchasing property in the U.S.; transfer taxes applicable to non-citizens who are not domiciled in the U.S.; trust ownership issues of U.S. real estate; real estate tax obligations, particularly in rental and sale situations; and legal and tax issues in administering U.S. assets.

The program was hosted by the International Lawyers Network, and the Canadian law firms of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver and Fogler, Rubinoff LLP in Toronto also participated in the webinar.

Click here to view the webinar. (1:18:32)

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Amy L. Fracassini, Brian L. Gaudet and Donna M. White Conduct Webinar, "Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates"

On January 22, Davis Malm shareholders Amy L. FracassiniBrian L. Gaudet, and Donna M. White conducted a webinar, “Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates,” which addressed tax and estate planning issues facing wealth and estate professionals in Canada. The presentation focused on transactional issues associated with purchasing property in the U.S.; transfer taxes applicable to non-citizens who are not domiciled in the U.S.; trust ownership issues of U.S. real estate; real estate tax obligations, particularly in rental and sale situations; and legal and tax issues in administering U.S. assets.

The program was hosted by the International Lawyers Network, and the Canadian law firms of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver and Fogler, Rubinoff LLP in Toronto also participated in the webinar.

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"McDonald Hopkins adds Columbus law firm Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf," Crain’s Cleveland Business

McDonald Hopkins was featured in the Crain’s Cleveland Business article, “McDonald Hopkins adds Columbus law firm Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf.”

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http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140203/FREE/140209977

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"McDonald Hopkins strengthens Columbus footprint by merging with Welin O’Shaughnessy & Scheaf," Columbus Business First

Cleveland law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC is expanding its Columbus presence from 10 to 16 attorneys by merging with Welin O’Shaughnessy & Scheaf LLC.

McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm that bases Columbus operations in the Huntington Center downtown. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Click here to read the full article on Columbus Business First.

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/02/03/mcdonald-hopkins-strengthens-columbus.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-02-03

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"Lawyers feeling reform effects," Richard Cooper quoted in Crain’s Cleveland

McDonald Hopkins attorney Richard S. Cooper was quoted in the Crain’s Cleveland article “Lawyers feeling reform effects,” on February 3, 2014.

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http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140202/SUB1/302029985

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McDonald Hopkins law firm announces merger with Columbus-based Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC

Columbus, Ohio (February 3, 2014) – McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with a more than 80-year history,  is expanding its Columbus presence by merging with Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf, a boutique law firm specializing in construction law, complex business litigation and oil and gas litigation. It was recently named a Tier 1 law firm in Construction Law Litigation by U.S. News-Best Lawyers.

The founding members of the firm, Peter D. WelinChristopher T. O’Shaughnessy and O. Judson Scheaf, III, have more than 55 years of national law firm experience. Prior to starting their own firm, Welin and Scheaf held management positions at a Midwestern-based Am Law 200 firm, where they served as vice chairs of the construction and business litigation practice groups.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes six accomplished attorneys! Columbus-based Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf merges with our firm

McDonald Hopkins welcomes six accomplished attorneys! Columbus-based Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf merges with our firm

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Week of January 27, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

I’m coming to you a day late this week because I’ve been deeply entrenched in meetings for the last couple of days here in Chicago. I’m finally sitting at snowy Midway, with the promise that my flight is on time, so fingers crossed that that’s the case!

So while I’m here, I can offer you our top posts from this week – and get ready to see my Superbowl commercial reviews next week. I’ll want to hear your favorites!

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