In House

David Werner, Office of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Meet the Governor's Top Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

David Werner, executive counsel to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, leads the governor's legal department. He is profiled here by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.

Physician Accounting.

Georgia Providers Prepare for Major Changes to Payments

By Chester J. Hosch |

Georgia physician practices are preparing for major changes to payments.

Affordable Care Act.

Road Ahead Could Be Bumpy for Georgia Practitioners

By David Gordon |

The road ahead could be rough for health care providers, due to increased hospital and health care provider failures in 2017.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C., on the day of arguments in the case King v. Burwell, regarding the government's Affordable Care Act subsidies. March 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Repeal of Obamacare: Will Employers Pay the Price?

By Amanda Farahany |

The Affordable Care Act offers a benefit of the highest value —predictability—and employers may ultimately pay the price for its repeal.

U.S. Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations

By Aaron M. Danzig and Samuel M. Shapiro |

It has perhaps never been more important for in-house attorneys to understand their role in conducting internal investigations.

Passport Photo Illustration

How Will Trump Policies Affect H-1B Logjam?

By Anton Mertens |

Georgia employers and their in-house counsel should manage immigration-related risks and understand how future policies may impact their workforce, while identifying workers who will need visa sponsorship to remain employed in their company—and be prepared for an increase in I-9 audits and site visits by ICE agents.

New Hire Stock Art.

Hiring From Abroad Requires Visa Know-How

By Sara Herbek |

Here are a few pointers that U.S. employers should consider when recruiting top talent, even when the H-1B visa category is not an option.

Donald Trump.

The Trump Effect in the Workplace: The First Twelve Days

By Amanda Farahany |

This flawed perception and analysis of potential danger from the most powerful person in the world directly impacts the way employees see each other in the workplace, leading to more discriminatory actions and hostile work environments against people from those seven countries.

David Green, Global Payments.

Q&A with Global Payments Inc. GC David Green

By Kristen Rasmussen |

David Green, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at credit-card processor Global Payments Inc. is profiled by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.

Dara Berger

Employment-Based Immigration Lawyers Have Questions About Trump Orders

By Dara Berger |

Since the president signed the two executive orders of Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 relating in part to illegal immigrants, refugees and asylees, increasing DHS staff and limiting the entry of travelers from certain Muslim countries, employment-based immigration lawyers everywhere are wondering, "Will he get to our clients next? If so, how?

Patent Agreements Stock Art

Tips for Conducting Due Diligence on US Patents

By Rivka Monheit |

Involving patent counsel early in the process allows for a more comprehensive review, and can provide the company with valuable leverage during negotiations, writes Rivka Monheit of Pabst Patent Group.

Patents Stock Art

IP Cases to Watch at the Supreme Court in 2017

By Virginia Carron and Ashley Winkler |

Patent cases before the Supreme Court this term, including one already decided, promise that the coming year will continue the trend of transition since enactment of the America Invents Act. The court also will decide cases concerning trademarks and copyrights.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Increases the Risk of Big Damage Awards

By Rich Miller |

Rich Miller of Ballard Spahr writes that the Supreme Court increases risk of big damage awards.

Patents Stock Art

Continuation Applications Can Hurt Patent Portfolios

By Brent R. Bellows |

It is common practice in the United States to file one or more continuation or "child" patent applications following the allowance of a first or "parent" application.

Raymond

Q&A With Atlanta Power Bank SunTrust's GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

ALM GC reporter Kristin Rasmussen profiles Raymond Fortin, corporate executive vice president and general counsel at SunTrust Banks Inc.

Ed Gallagher, GC, NCR Corp.

GC of NCR Discusses Move to Midtown, Other Moves

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The Atlanta-based Fortune 500 company is preparing to cash in on Atlanta's technology boom with its new offices in Midtown.

David Stevens, Holland & Knight.

Disclosure Policies: What Every Public Agency Should Know

By David J. Stevens |

Every local agency can benefit by developing a disclosure policy that will guide and facilitate its compliance with applicable securities laws.

Left to right: Eric Tresh and Maria Todarova, Sutherland

False Claims Acts: Anti-Fraud Tool or Unhealthy Incentive?

By Maria Todorova and Eric Tresh |
Amanda Farahany

The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election in Our Workplaces

By Amanda Farahany |

The question will be whether an educated attorney, arbitrator or a jury influenced by the Trump Effect will be more likely to enforce our civil rights law.

W. Thomas Worthy, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta.

Young, Savvy Lawyer VP Prepared to Shine as Health System's Lobbyist

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Former health care litigator also advised Georgia's governor and the state bar.

Charles Johnson, Holland & Knight, Atlanta.

Does Mandatory Vaccination Violate Rights?

By Charles S. Johnson III |

Certain individual rights concerns have arisen which must be accommodated in the development of any employee vaccination policy, and the need for such accommodation has produced a new wave of litigation.

Mills Fleming, Hunter Maclean, Savannah Ga.

A Prescription for Struggling Hospitals

By T. Mills Fleming |

Hospitals are experiencing a symptomatic progression of corporate distress and, while the causes are complex, so must be the cure. No doubt, the struggle to survive may well provide much-needed impetus for change.

Amanda Farahany

Supreme Court Creates 'New Way' to Claim Discrimination

By Amanda Farahany |

A landmark decision is a new avenue for discrimination plaintiffs to survive summary judgment and have a jury determine whether discrimination has occurred. It is now up to practitioners and judges to apply this new jurisprudence to employment discrimination.

Gina Greenwood, Baker Donelson. Handout Photo

Take the Right Steps to Secure Health Data

By Gina Ginn Greenwood and Ashleigh Provost Smaha |

Every company with health care data should take to help reduce the risk of a cyberattack. These steps will help a company position itself to defend an attack from both a technological and legal perspective.

Brian Henry

Opportunities Energize GE Executive Counsel for M&A

By Mary Smith Judd |

Early experiences, from Am Law 25 firms to in-house and executive positions at Wal-Mart, led to deep international expertise in corporate law, complance and cross-border M&As.

Research Continues to Expose Implicit Bias

By Amanda Farahany and TK Smith |

Growing area of science studying racial and gender attitudes is so important in law that the ABA has devoted a section to the subject.