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Articles Posted in Florida Business Consulting

Brick Business Law is honored to be recognized by the Law Firm 500 publication as the 18th fastest growing law firm in the United States in 2020.  The Firm has had a relentless focus on advocating for businesses in Florida, whether through litigation, informal negotiations or general counsel services.  The Firm’s growth has come primarily through repeat clients and referrals from other attorneys.

2020-LF500_Honoree_SEAL_sm_405x616-197x300In 2018, the Firm added its second office in St. Petersburg to complement the existing Tampa-area practice.  Senior Attorneys John Koda and Joe Kennett, both business litigators, are now based out of the Firm’s St. Petersburg location and focus on business litigation on Florida’s West coast.  In 2020, the Firm added two new attorneys to the Tampa office, Jocelyn Smith and Tyler Gordon.  Ms. Smith is a senior associate in the business litigation group and Mr. Gordon works on general counsel and business transactions.

In 2020, founder Kevin Brick achieved Board Certification in Business Litigation, one of less than 250 board-certified experts in Florida business litigation.  He is one of only six attorneys to reach this milestone in 2020.  In March and April, Mr. Brick became a frequent guest on the “Ask the Experts” radio show syndicated throughout Florida to answer questions on business legal issues related to Covid-19, government lock downs and civil unrest as business owners sought guidance on the changing legal landscape.

press-conference-1547299-300x215One of my favorite books is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey.  If you are starting a business, thinking about starting one or have one up and running and you have not read it, go read it.  Anyways, in the book, one of the ‘habits’ is to “plan what you are taking action about”.  The types of actions are broken down into four quadrants based upon whether a specific task is important (or not important) and urgent (or not urgent).  What was surprising to me is that Covey advises that the things that matter the most in the long term for success are things which are important, but not urgent.  Examples might be writing a will, doing financial planning, continuing education and other matters which don’t yield benefits today but will do so in the long-run.  It is with this background that I tell you, entrepreneur and/or new business owner, you need to do a legal audit for your new or early-stage business.  Perhaps it is not urgent, but it is important for the long-term success of your business.

A “Legal Audit” is a review, discussion and consultation by a Florida Business Attorney and a Florida business owner regarding actual or potential legal matters as they relate to the existence and operations of a business. Learn the basics about the reasons why this is important, what it concerns and what topics will be covered in a legal audit by clicking on this link to download our whitepaper: Business Legal Audit – Brick Business Law White Paper.

When you are ready to schedule your business legal audit, contact us for a Florida Business Attorney consultation at 813-816-1816 or by using the contact form on our website, located here.

hand-on-keyboard-1243602Increasingly a business’ most important assets are digital in nature.  Client databases, business plans, source code and other intellectual property often represent a significant portion of a business’ value.  Technology such as cloud-storage and sharing applications make it simple for such assets to be shared, sent, manipulated, downloaded, transferred, accessed or deleted in a few moments.  Theft of data due to breaches and backdoor access by sophisticated hackers makes the news; however, the most common form of theft of digital assets occurs by a business’ employees.  There are a number of reasons why an employee may steal such assets from being disgruntled, to helping a competitor to becoming a competitor themselves.  Small businesses are more likely to be targeted because they have less sophisticated systems of protection.

So how does a small business protect itself from such theft?  The best way is to implement some common sense best practices to limit such exposure with HR Policies and Practices, Technology Protections, and Trade Secret Litigation.  In this series, we will look at the first of these methods: HR Policies and Practices.  These front-end defenses are so important because laws to protect businesses after the theft occurs are often inadequate.

A business’ HR Policies and Practices should focus on protection of business data.  Some common sense policies include subjecting new employee candidates to a background investigation.  Background investigations may reveal prior crimes of dishonesty or terminations of employment due to dishonest actions.   Identifying and avoiding the hiring of candidates for employment who may have a proclivity for dishonest behavior is one significant way to reduce the likelihood of employee theft of data.

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