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September 22, 2016

Partner Tim West on Missouri Legislature’s Veto Session

The Missouri Legislature’s veto session began on Wednesday, September 14.  By the end of Day 1, 13 of Governor Nixon’s 20 vetoes had been overridden. Berkowitz Oliver partner Tim West is authoring a series of articles on the impact of the bills under consideration. The first article in the series allows concealed carry without a permit and expands the so-called “stand your ground” law. For the full article, click here .

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September 15, 2016

Partner Stacey Gilman on New Era of Copyright Liability for ISPs

A recent ruling by a federal court in Virginia has people talking again about a subject that hasn’t gotten much attention since AOL mailed out its last free-trial cd: the potential liability of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for their subscribers’ online copyright infringement. For nearly two decades, ISPs have been enjoying largely worry-free “safe harbor” protection from such liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Some are now wondering if ISPs need to start worrying. For the full article by …

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September 7, 2016

Partner Jeff Morris Joins Midwest Innocence Project Board of Directors

Berkowitz Oliver partner Jeff Morris was recently selected to the Board of Directors of the Midwest Innocence Project. The Midwest Innocence Project is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas. The Midwest Innocence Project was founded a decade ago through the UMKC School of Law and is part of the national Innocence Network . It is based in Kansas City, MO.

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September 6, 2016

Partner Shazzie Naseem to Speak at Washington D.C. White Collar Criminal Defense Conference

Berkowitz Oliver partner Shazzie Naseem was selected as a panel speaker for the October 2016 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) White Collar Conference in Washington, D.C.  The topic of his panel will be “Think Different®: Meeting Your Ethical Obligations in the Electronic Frontier.”  Shazzie will join a panel that includes Prof. Jennifer Daskal (Washington, DC); William Fick, Assistant Federal Public Defender (Boston, MA); Gerald Goldstein (San Antonio, TX); and Eric Vandevelde (Los Angeles, CA). This is Shazzie’s second selection as …

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September 2, 2016

Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Solana Flora and Ben Carr Sworn Into W.D. Mo.

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys Solana Flora and  Ben Carr  were sworn as members of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on Friday, September 2, 2016. Solana comes to Berkowitz Oliver from Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, IL. A native of the Kansas City area and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she clerked for the Hon. Carol A. Beier on the Kansas Supreme Court. Her practice primarily focuses on business litigation and intellectual property matters. Ben also comes …

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August 18, 2016

Six Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Six Berkowitz Oliver attorneys have been chosen for the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America. Tom Schult was selected as a Best Lawyer in America in five categories for Kansas City, Missouri: Bet-the Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Jeff Morris was selected as a Best Lawyer in America in three categories for Kansas City, Missouri: Criminal Defense: White Collar; Criminal Defense: General Practice; and Commercial Litigation. John Shaw was …

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August 17, 2016

John Shaw named Lawyer of the Year – Regulatory Enforcement

Berkowitz Oliver partner John W. Shaw was named Lawyer of the Year for Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) for Kansas City, Missouri, in the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each practice in each community receives this honor. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Its annual list of the Best Lawyers in America is compiled via attorney surveys completed by tens of thousands of leading attorneys each year. This year …

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August 17, 2016

Partner Jennifer Wieland on “Choice of Law” Clause’s (Non) Effect on Motion to Transfer Venue

It may feel like Civ Pro 101, but a federal district judge in Kansas recently ruled in a contract dispute that the case would not be transferred to the state whose law governed under the contract. As noted in the case, “federal judges are qualified to apply state law and a breach of contract claim is a relatively simple legal issue.” For the full article by Jennifer Wieland , click here .

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