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Practical Law Podcast Series

Treatises, case law, Google… what do they have in common? When you need answers, none of these will get you started faster than walking down the hall to chat with an expert. 'Down the Hall with Practical Law' hosts a panel of law firm and in-house law department leaders as well as Practical Law’s editorial team that will feature plain English, “What do I really need to know?” discussions and insights on trending legal topics. No legalese; just expertise.

Down The Hall with Practical Law

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Nov 17 2016

Competitor Communications: Navigating the Gray Areas

In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, Antitrust Service Head Janelle Wrigley discusses how to safely navigate the gray areas relating to interacting with competitors and gathering competitive information.
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Oct 6 2016

Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can't Afford to Make


This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup...
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Oct 6 2016

Privacy and Data Security: Understanding the Legal Landscape


Privacy & Data Security Senior Legal Editor Mel Gates covers cybersecurity and privacy issues...
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Oct 6 2016

Hot Topics in Employee
Handbooks


Renee Karibi-Whyte speaks with Director of Practical Law's Labor and Employment Service, Kate Bally...
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Competitor Communications: Navigating the Gray Areas

Trade associations, competitive research, HR activities . . . outside of the expected dangers in the merger and joint venture context, regular business dealings involving information about competitor activities are rife with potential for antitrust violations. And the "rule of reason" approach taken by the FTC and DOJ can sometimes complicate, rather than clarify, appropriate conduct. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, Antitrust Service Head Janelle Wrigley discusses how to safely navigate the gray areas relating to interacting with competitors and gathering competitive information.

Guest Bio
Janelle Filson Wrigley joined Practical Law after working at the Federal Trade Commission, where she served as a staff attorney handling both merger investigations and enforcement litigation. Previously she was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, specializing in complex antitrust litigation and regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions. She also worked as a legal consultant in Istanbul, Turkey, on cross-border competition matters. Janelle is the Head of Practical Law's Antitrust Service.

Related Practical Law Know-How:

In this episode of Down the Hall with Practical Law, Janelle covered numerous considerations for attorneys who have responsibilities relating to antitrust. For more coverage, she recommends the following three Practical Law resources:

Antitrust Guidelines: DOs and DON'Ts
This Standard Document may be used by counsel advising a company on permissible and impermissible conduct under the antitrust laws. This document is intended to inform a client about situations that raise antitrust concerns, while pointing out conduct that likely does not raise antitrust issues.

Antitrust Warnings for Trade Association Meetings
This Standard Document provides antitrust warnings for counsel to provide to trade association participants to prevent antitrust violations. This includes warnings related to sharing competitively sensitive information such as strategic plans, pricing plans, and contract terms, and guidelines for sharing permissible information such as historical, aggregated data.

Information Exchanges Among Competitors (Non-Merger)
This Practice Note explains the antitrust risks of information exchanges with competitors under the federal antitrust laws. It explores the way the antitrust agencies (the FTC and the DOJ) and courts enforce and interpret those laws and provides practical tips for companies considering or engaging in information exchanges with competitors outside of the merger context.

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Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can't Afford to Make

This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup & Venture Capital Senior Legal Editor Joe Green discussing common legal mistakes made by startup companies. Joe talks about his background working with tech startups and his current role creating legal know-how for practitioners advising startup companies.

After setting the stage by defining what he considers a "startup," he provides insights into why many startup companies fail. Joe covers what startups can do if a co-founder decides to leave early on and the benefits and potential pitfalls of providing equity compensation to employees. He closes the interview with his list of the three things that anyone representing startups should know and the best piece of advice that he's ever been given.

Guest Bio
Joe Green writes startup and venture capital content for Practical Law. He is a principal member of the Practical Law Startup Resource Group, which works across practice areas to develop relevant know-how materials for practitioners in the startup space. Joe writes and speaks frequently on startup law topics at law firms, law schools, and industry conferences. Prior to joining Practical Law, Joe was a senior attorney at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, where he advised startups, entrepreneurs, and premier venture capital investors on a wide range of legal and business issues. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, he began his career as a securities lawyer with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

Related Practical Law Know-How:

Joe mentioned several potential legal pitfalls startups can avoid with the proper planning. For a more robust discussion of those issues, view the Practical Law Startup Company Toolkit.

This Toolkit includes resources to assist startup companies and the attorneys representing them with the array of legal issues facing new business ventures, including entity formation, capital raising, corporate governance and housekeeping, shareholder relations, real estate and insurance issues, acquiring and protecting intellectual property, data privacy, software and information technology issues, commercial transactions, liquidity events, workplace and labor issues with employees, contractors, and service providers, and employee compensation and benefits.

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Privacy and Data Security:
Understanding the Legal Landscape

In this episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law, Privacy & Data Security Senior Legal Editor Mel Gates covers cybersecurity and privacy issues. Mel recalls the career journey that led her to Practical Law and covers why it can be challenging for organizations to understand and comply with the myriad regulations surrounding data security. She explains how the most successful companies handle compliance, breaking down which industries are especially at risk for data breaches and why they are attractive targets for hackers. She also discusses how lawyers can help companies understand the fiscal and legal repercussions associated with a data breach and aid them in managing that risk. Mel closes the interview with a conversation about current trends in regulatory obligations and data breach litigation and provides resources that you can use to stay up to date with changes in data security regulations.

Guest Bio
Melodi (Mel) Gates, CIPP/US, joined Practical Law from Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, where she focused on cybersecurity and privacy issues, including in the health information technology field. Prior to practicing law, Mel worked for over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, last serving as chief information security officer (CISO) for a large network provider. She is also an appointed member of the United States Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC).

Related Practical Law Know-How:

In this episode of Down the Hall with Practical Law, Mel covered numerous considerations for attorneys who have responsibilities relating to privacy and data security. For more insight, she recommends starting with the below two Practical Law resources:

  • Data Security Risk Assessments and Reporting: A Practice Note explaining how to plan, perform, and report on data security risk assessments as required by federal and state laws, industry standards, and best practices. It also addresses common forms of risk assessments and their role in an organization's overall information security program.
  • Common Gaps in Information Security Compliance Checklist: This Checklist describes relevant legal obligations and common gaps in information security practices and compliance for organizations that collect, manage, and use personally-identifiable information.

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Hot Topics in Employee Handbooks

In this episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Renee Karibi-Whyte speaks with Kate Bally, Director of the Practical Law Labor and Employment Service, about the importance of establishing workplace policies and documenting those policies in an employee handbook. Kate discusses the risks associated with not providing an employee handbook and failing to follow handbooks consistently. Kate then breaks down how several burgeoning social issues -- accommodation, wage and hour, confidentiality, LGBT issues, and state nuances -- impact today's corporate world. She closes the interview with an explanation of why employee handbook acknowledgement agreements are vital and shares the best professional advice she's ever received.

Guest Bio

Director of the Practical Law Labor & Employment Service

Kate joined Practical Law from Littler Mendelson P.C., a law firm specializing in employment law. Previously she practiced labor and employment law at Day Pitney LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Kate received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Related Practical Law Know-How:

During this episode, Kate referenced the Practical Law Employee Handbook Toolkit, which contains numerous resources to help employers create, maintain and distribute employee handbooks. You can access that Toolkit here .

(Subscription or trial registration to Thomson Reuters Practical Law or Practical Law Connect required).