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By Vivek Jayaramvivek@jayaramlaw.com It’s an inevitable scenario for most large companies: an employee signs a confidential separation agreement upon being terminated.  The employee — irate — logs onto Glassdoor.com and airs her grievances (and the company’s dirty laundry) anonymously on the company’s Glassdoor page. The C-suite is fuming.  They march into the GC’s office: “didn’t we tell you to make sure the separation agreement prohibited her from saying bad stuff about us?” Hopefully, our GC included a non disparagement or “no negative statements” clause to the agreement.  If she did, then the identity of the poster is likely discoverable.…
By Vivek Jayaramvivek@jayaramlaw.com Most of our clients are pretty smart and savvy.  And even though some are cost-conscious, all of them are most interested in getting competent, focused legal advice.  But I am not going to fool myself (or anyone else) into thinking that a client selects a law firm based upon the legal strategy they will ultimately implement to solve their problem.  Sure, some firms have a reputation of being more aggressive, others more conservative, but by and large sophisticated clients are going to find lawyers who will ultimately deliver to them a workable legal strategy.  Bear in…
Last year, firm founder Vivek Jayaram co-founded a record label with longtime pal and Miami music industry vet Lauren Reskin and Las Nubes drummer Emile Milgrim.  Dubbed Sweat Records Records (an obvious nod to Lauren’s legendary record store, Sweat Records), the label has aspirations to showcase contemporary music emerging the tropical potpourri that is Miami. The label’s first act is Dracula, a haunting folk duo that sings in three languages and have become fast critical darlings.  Their first single, a cover of the chart-topping Selena hit “Como La Flor,” found its way onto NPR’s best tracks of 2018:  “For…
By Vivek Jayaramvivek@jayaramlaw.com There is usually one reason why in-house clients hire a specific lawyer: they trust the lawyer to achieve a favorable outcome to their challenge.  This is why clients don’t usually flippantly call the “best” firm in town and ask to speak with a lawyer.  Clients usually think, rightfully so, that the right lawyer is one with whom they have a connection, a relationship.  But that doesn’t mean that you alone should guide and counsel your client. I have identified 4 reasons why lawyers should be getting their clients comfortable with everyone on their team.  Doing so…
By Vivek Jayaramvivek@jayaramlaw.com Everybody appreciates thoughtful information sharing.  Now, I’m not talking about material shared by those friends who flood your inbox with regular updates about their company’s progress, their favorite charity, or chain letters that promise doom if you fail to forward to every person you know.  I’m talking about data that makes your life easier, provokes a thought, or takes a deeper dive into a topic previously explored with the sender.  And when that someone sends us an article, podcast, or video that is practical, enlightening, or super relevant to something we’re working on, it doesn’t only…
By Vivek Jayaramvivek@jayaramlaw.com A lawyer I know had been representing a large, very well-known corporation for several years.  He (and his firm) had been managing the client’s trademark portfolio on a worldwide basis.  The client perceived that an error was made on a cease and desist letter, and my friend’s representation was terminated.  Just like that, one arguably minor error after so many years of service. He and I were reflecting upon this at dinner recently when he told me that he ultimately found out that there were a couple of other issues regarding his representation that he knew…