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Construction Law – Classifying Employees as Owners

In an effort to reduce employee-related costs (e.g., payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation), some companies in the construction industry have devised a new classification of worker as an alternative to employee and independent contractor. The new “other than” employee classification: owner. While the notion of misclassifying workers as owners – who would receive …

Myths About Personal Injury Cases, Part I

“A Jag for a Jag” I’ve had numerous clients over the years who have had their super-expensive or rather large vehicles damaged as a result of another driver’s negligence. They want to obtain a similar Mercedes or passenger van as a rental replacement until their vehicle is repaired. The adverse insurance carrier usually will not …

Rick DePonte with Dana Gould – May Attorney Spotlight

Rick DePonte (right) with comedian/actor/producer Dana Gould at the Pressroom in Phoenix on April 10th. Rick grew up with Dana in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Dana has written and produced The Simpsons (won two Primetime Emmy Awards), has made guest appearances on Seinfeld, King of Queens and Family Guy and has a new show coming out later …

March 2016 Attorney Spotlight: Laura M Trujillo

Laura Trujillo recently presented at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar provided by the National Business Institute. The presentation focused on the ethical dilemmas of estate planning attorneys. Part of the presentation focused on protecting the attorney-client privilege in the digital age, including the removal of meta data before disclosing electronic files to outside third …

So You Want to Start a Business?

Part I. Introduction I have been a business attorney for more than 40 years representing many small companies. The businesses ranged from brick and mortar companies, service companies, marketing companies, real estate companies to cyber and internet companies. I am often asked the question, how do I go about starting a new business. In my …