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How to Handle Digital Damage Control: Texas Lawyer

How to Handle Digital Damage Control: Texas Lawyer

Lee Winkelman and Alan Bush are freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer. Their latest article, “How to Handle Digital Damage Control” appeared in the In-House Focus section on May 1, 2017.

Employees can get into a lot of trouble with a smartphone and a social media account or two. Here’s what Lee and Alan had to say about it:

Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant): Texas Lawyer

Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant): Texas Lawyer

Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman are freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer.  Their latest article, “Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant) appeared on June 22, 2016.

The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act has given companies a new tool to prosecute employees who steal trade secrets.  Here’s what Alan and Lee had to say about it:

Spring Accounting Expo: Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

Spring Accounting Expo:  Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders – such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers.  You can hear Alan at:

Spring Accounting Expo | Houston CPA Society

Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Execs

May 18, 2015

Energy Law Symposium: Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch

Energy Law Symposium: Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch

Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders – such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers. You can hear Alan at:

Energy Law Symposium | Texas A&M Law Review
Trade Secret and Overtime Pay Lessons from the Oil Patch 
April 2, 2015

Rethink Non-Competes to Keep Them Afloat During Injunctions: Texas Lawyer

Rethink Non-Competes to Keep Them Afloat During Injunctions: Texas Lawyer

Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman are routine freelance contributors for Texas Lawyer.  Their latest article, “Rethink Non-Competes to Keep Them Afloat During Injunctions,” appeared in the September 9, 2014 issue.

HR Southwest: Tapping A Competitor's Talent Pool

speaking at button (speaker180x100) Alan Bush often speaks at seminars for business leaders—such as line executives, finance executives, human resource professionals, CPA’s and lawyers.  You can hear Alan at:

HR Southwest | SHRM Conference for the Southwest US

Tapping A Competitor's Talent Pool

October 21, 2013

Non-competes are common in your industry.  Those agreements now have teeth—thanks to some recent cases.  How can you hire experienced workers from your competition and stay out of court?  Should you ask your folks to sign non-competes too?  We’ll talk it out.

When: 1:15 – 2:45p

Where: Fort Worth Convention Center

RSVP: hrsouthwest.com

Texas Lawyer: Top 5 Mistakes Made by New In-House Counsel

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Texas Lawyer has signed up Alan Bush as a freelance contributor.  His latest article, "Top 5 Mistakes Made by New In-House Counsel," appeared in In-House Texas pullout on August 5.

Here's what Alan had to say about the common blind-side risks that in-house counsel faces in handling HR matters:

Hindsight is 20/20.  When a lawsuit is done, I do an after-action report to look for lessons learned.  I've always found at least one thing I'll do differently next time.

External counsel, like me, has an unfair advantage to also look back on what our clients did before we jumped in.  We can see how an in-house counsel's early moves with an HR matter impact a company's position in litigation.  Some HR issues can slip past in-house counsel new to handling them.  These are blind-side risks.  Let's take a moment — without laying blame — to highlight five of those risks...

Read full article for more.  In it, Alan lays out some practical thoughts on missteps in:

  • Putting compliance ahead of business;
  • Neglecting a dispute resolution plan;
  • Bad-mouthing an opponent;
  • Trampling on the crime scene; and
  • Changing tune.