Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP RSS Feed Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Nunnally Partners with Texas Security Bank Nunnally is proud to partner with Texas Security Bank for their Business Owner Educational Series. Attorneys Randy Lindley, Jeff Ansley, Sonja McGill, Danica Mathes, Jake Pollack, Larry Shosid and Ed McQueen have presented on a variety of topics including creditor rights, white collar crime, employment law, intellectual property, business succession planning, entity selection, and mergers &amp; acquisitions. The TSB Academy offers an Executive Business Curriculum that targets overall leadership development as well as foundational, strategic and functional principles to give participants the tools to grow their company and communicate in the ever-complex business world in which we operate. To learn more about the TSB Academy and to enroll, please click <a href="">here</a>.News13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Hockaday on Modern Restaurant Management Breaks Down DOL's Proposed "Tipped Pool" Rule, Impact on Employers Associate Brent Hockaday authored the Modern Restaurant Management article titled, &ldquo;How The New &lsquo;Tipped Pool&rsquo; Rule May Impact Restaurant Employers.&rdquo; The piece details the U.S. Department of Labor&rsquo;s (DOL) October 7th proposed rule regarding tipped employees. Hockaday notes, &ldquo;This Rule could affect how employers utilize tip pools and employees who both traditionally earn and do not traditionally earn tips as part of their wages.&rdquo; Hockaday breaks down specific proposed changes and likely legal challenges, commenting, &ldquo;The proposed Rule would see certain changes that could affect how restaurant employers deploy scheduling and pay practices.&rdquo; He adds, &ldquo;The Rule aligns with the recent amendment to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) that removes the ban of tip pooling to back-of-house staff.&rdquo; Hockaday concludes by urging employers to pay attention to the proposed rule and its implications, &ldquo;Restaurant owners should use this time to evaluate these changes, analyze their current pay practices, and make any needed preparations for the upcoming changes before finalization and the Department of Labor commences enforcement efforts.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.News12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Sayre and Saba Syed Appointed as LCLD Mentors to 1L Students Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) appointed Bell Nunnally associates Murphy Sayre and Saba Syed to serve as mentors to diverse, first-year law students in the&nbsp;&ldquo;Success in Law School Mentoring Program.&rdquo; LCLD is an organization comprised of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession. Sayre and Syed, LCLD members and past &ldquo;Pathfinder&rdquo; participants, have each volunteered to mentor by taking an active, personal interest in the academic and professional development of these students. The program&rsquo;s goal is that &ldquo;students receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To learn more about Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s commitment to diversity, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Partners with DVAP to Host Pro Bono Clinic in Dallas for Austin Street Center Shelter Residents November 8, Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s pro bono program partnered with the Austin Street Center and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) to provide a pro bono clinic for the shelter&rsquo;s clients. Six Bell Nunnally attorneys, including partners Larry Shosid and Ben Riemer and associates T.J. Hales, Ira Perez, Murphy Sayre and Brent Turman provided pro bono legal advice to 29 clients from the shelter on various legal issues. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;These organizations work diligently to address the needs of the impoverished population in Dallas; it was our privilege to partner with them to serve the clients of Austin Street Center,&rdquo; said Ben Riemer, Partner and Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Pro Bono Committee. &ldquo;This was a great opportunity for our attorneys to give back to the community and provide legal assistance to those who are less fortunate.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For more than 30 years, Austin Street Center has been caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women of Dallas. They are the largest low barrier shelter in the city with the goal of helping their clients transition from homelessness to independence. <br /> <br /> DVAP is a program aimed at training and supporting volunteer attorneys to increase and enhance pro bono legal services to the poor in Dallas. DVAP volunteers provide advice and full representation in a variety of cases including, family, housing, landlord-tenant, real property, consumer, wills, expunctions and non-disclosures, probate and more. <br /> <br /> To learn more about Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s commitment to pro bono, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Through PurpleStride DFW Sponsorship, Participation Raises $31K Towards Pancreatic Cancer Fight Nunnally served as the presenting sponsor for PurpleStride DFW 2019, a 5K walk/run in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (PanCAN) efforts to provide patient resources, support and research in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The November 9 event at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas has raised $412,007 to date. Bell Nunnally has been a sponsor and active participant in the event since 2011. This year, a combined 152 firm participants, family members and friends raised more than $31,000 &ndash; increasing the lifetime Bell Nunnally total raised to $205,000. To learn more about PurpleStride DFW, please click <a href=";pg=entry">here</a>.News06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Turman and T.J. Hales Explain What Texas Employers Should Know About Using Biometric Technology in the Dallas Business Journal Brent A. Turman and T.J. Hales recently wrote in the Dallas Business Journal about what Texas employers need to know when considering whether and how to use biometric technology in their businesses. Their article explains the legal and financial risks employers face under Texas law when collecting, using, storing, and destroying biometric identifiers, such as retina or iris scans, fingerprints, or records of hand or face geometry. They discuss the requirements of the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act (also known as &ldquo;CUBI&rdquo;) and warn that employers should take special care to ensure compliance with CUBI. They conclude by briefly outlining what Texas employers can do to safeguard the biometric data they collect and avoid CUBI&rsquo;s steep monetary penalties. <br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Hockaday Outlines in the Dallas Business Journal Three Must-Use Employment Forms to Protect Your Business Associate Brent D. Hockaday authored the Dallas Business Journal article titled &ldquo;3 employment forms that protect your business.&rdquo; In the piece, Hockaday discusses the importance for businesses of having updated employee handbooks and enforceable non-disclosure and arbitration agreements. He details how these documents can protect against some of the legal and financial ramifications of lawsuits and the loss of critical data and relationships. Hockaday offers guidance on crafting an effective employee handbook, the importance of a thoughtfully drafted non-disclosure agreement and how an arbitration agreement can be the difference between an employer facing a lawsuit with one plaintiff or thousands.<br /> <br /> The piece concludes by stressing that the new-hire phase is the best opportunity to implement these forms. Hockaday adds, &ldquo;[W]hile employers cannot shield themselves from all risks, these proactive and preventive measures can be pillars to success.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Syed Receives 2019 "Outstanding Minority Attorney Award" from Dallas Bar Association Nunnally attorney Saba F. Syed was honored on November 15 by the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) with its 2019 &ldquo;Outstanding Minority Attorney Award,&rdquo; as part of the DBA&rsquo;s annual awards luncheon at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. The &ldquo;Outstanding Minority Attorney Award&rdquo; is bestowed annually and recognizes &ldquo;outstanding commitment, participation, and dedication to the DBA by a minority lawyer during the year.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a firm, we congratulate Saba on this well-deserved accomplishment,&rdquo; said Bell Nunnally Managing Partner Christopher Trowbridge. &ldquo;The DBA is fortunate to benefit from her skill and dedication &ndash; and so are we.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Syed has been actively involved with the DBA throughout her career, including serving on its &ldquo;President&rsquo;s Millennial Advisory Committee,&rdquo; as well as the Life Skills Committee. In 2019, she presented a DBA seminar titled, &ldquo;This is Awkward: Understanding Race, Gender and Generational Gaps, Conquering Communication and Cultural Differences.&rdquo; The content was later repurposed into an <a href="">article</a> for the group&rsquo;s Headnotes publication in September 2019. Syed has drafted other content that was featured in the DBA President&rsquo;s Column in 2019. In 2020, she will serve as Co-Vice Chair for the Continuing Legal Education Committee, in addition to her other DBA involvement. Syed is also an active member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and will serve as Co-Chair for the Judiciary Committee in 2020. <br /> <br /> Syed practices in the firm&rsquo;s Litigation and Appellate sections, representing clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including real estate disputes, business litigation, patent litigation, and employment law. Earlier this year, Syed served on a federal court jury trial team for a patent infringement case and helped secure a defense verdict in favor of the firm&rsquo;s client. She also recently secured an affirmed summary judgment by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an age-discrimination lawsuit.<br />News25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Mathes Outlines the Importance of Brands Enrolling in Amazon Brand Registry in the Dallas Business Journal Danica L. Mathes authored the Dallas Business Journal article titled &ldquo;Why and how brands selling on Amazon should enroll in Amazon Brand Registry.&rdquo; In the piece, Mathes discusses the importance of enrolling your brand name in the Amazon Brand Registry and outlines the benefits of the Brand Registry, including ensuring your brand is accurately represented on Amazon, monitoring how third parties are misusing your brand and the ability to report counterfeits. Mathes then details all of the necessary steps to enroll in Amazon Brand Registry and what you can do once you have enrolled your first brand.<br /> <br /> The piece concludes with an important note, &ldquo;If you enrolled in Brand Registry prior to April 30, 2017 and your brand meeting the eligibility requirements, you need to re-enroll your brand in the Brand Registry.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Turman to Present Trial Skills CLE for the King County Bar Association (Seattle, WA)<strong>Event Details:</strong><br /> <br /> Brent Turman is presenting a Trial Skills CLE for the King County Bar Association in Seattle.<br /> <br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> <br /> Wednesday, November 20th<br /> 12:00 - 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> <br /> King County Bar Association <br /> 1200 5th Avenue<br /> Seattle, WA 98101<br /> <br /> <strong>Event Overview: </strong><br /> <br /> This presentation seamlessly weaves trial tips and ethics into the story about an unlikely source of knowledge. Through the story of the rise and fall (and rise again) of a Billboard regular, Turman highlights important lessons litigators can learn and apply to their practices, such as learning the importance of due diligence in discovery, deciding when to play chess and when to play checkers, and strategically choosing how to communicate to a jury.<br />Events20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800