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Chuck Kunz and Ian McCauley Published in Cybersecurity Law & Strategy

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cyber securityChuck Kunz and Ian McCauley authored an article titled "Vendor Contracting for Privacy and Security" which was published in Cybersecurity Law & Strategy.  The article addresses the data security and privacy issues that may arise during contract negotiations between vendors and businesses.  The article focuses on various hypothetical scenarios and the issues that businesses and vendors must identify prior to executing any agreement.

Chuck is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy Group and co-chairs the firm’s Data Privacy and Information Governance Group.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Chuck is a frequent author and speaker on topics relating to privacy, data management, and recent developments in Delaware law and legislation relating to these issues.

Ian is an attorney in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group and is also Morris James’ eDiscovery Coordinator.  His practice is focused on electronic discovery from the anticipation to the conclusion of litigation.  He is also a member of the firm’s Data Privacy and Information Governance Group.  Ian frequently speaks on all aspects of the electronic discovery process.

Click here to read the full article.

Chambers USA Recognizes 14 Morris James Attorneys and 5 Practice Areas Among the Nation’s Best

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Morris James is pleased to announce that fourteen of its partners and five practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2016.  More ›

Three Morris James Attorneys on Panels at DSBA Women and the Law Section Retreat

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Joseph R. Slights, III and Ian D. McCauley spoke on panels at the Delaware State Bar Association Women and the Law Section's Retreat, which was held on March 4th and 5th, 2016.

Ian D. McCauley spoke on the first panel of the retreat that dealt with various technology issues impacting lawyers.  This panel discussed various issues including the ethical considerations of social media, the discovery of electronic material, and the use of technology in the courtroom.  

Joseph R. Slights, III spoke on a panel which tackled common issues that a practitioner confronts, such as building a network to benefit or advance one’s career, and understanding how to manage clients effectively.  This panel also provided insight into practical office management.

Morris James Attorneys Participate in Delaware Mock Trial

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Morris James attorneys and staff continued the firm’s longstanding support for the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition with twelve attorneys serving as judges or coaches at the annual competition held at the New Castle County Courthouse on February 26-27, 2016.  Jason C. Jowers, a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group, completed his seventh year as Chair of the competition and received the Pete Jones Award, named after Morris James partner Pete Jones, given to an individual who has demonstrated sustained commitment to the goals and values of the mock trial program. Eric Hacker, an associate in the firm’s Georgetown office, coached Sussex Central, the first team from Sussex County to advance to the finals of the competition. In addition to Jowers and Hacker, the Morris James attorneys who participated as coaches or judges included partners Kevin Healy, Pete Jones,  Lewis Lazarus, Dennis Schrader, Joe Slights, and David Soldo, and associates Megan Adams, Nick Krawitz,  Beth Powers,  and Laura Readinger. Also, Morris James administrative assistant Margie Touchton served as the Judge Volunteer Coordinator.

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr.,  the presiding judge of the championship round, commented that the future of the practice of law in Delaware is bright based on the skill demonstrated by the finalists.  David Williams, the firm’s managing partner, expressed his gratitude to the attorneys and staff who gave so generously of their time to aid the next generation of Delaware lawyers, noting that “this type of dedication exemplifies the type of community service for which the firm is proud.”

Laura G. Readinger Admitted to Practice Law in Delaware

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Morris James is pleased to announce that Laura G. Readinger was admitted to the Delaware Bar on March 2, 2016. Ms. Readinger is an associate in Morris James’ Business Litigation group focusing on dealing with the challenges associated with electronic discovery. She provides effective and efficient project management solutions to clients in what is a complex and continually changing area of litigation. Prior to joining Morris James, Laura gained experience in family law, immigration law and litigation.

Ms. Readinger received her Juris Doctor in 2007 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is a 2004 graduate of Cornell University. She is also admitted to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and as a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund.

Morris James Data Privacy and Information Governance Group Mentioned in Cybersecurity Article

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Chuck Kunz, co-chair of Morris James' Data Privacy and Information Governance Group, was quoted in a Delaware Law Weekly article discussing the need to educate attorneys on how to protect data and bolster cybersecurity practices. Chuck said his firm got aggressive in 2014, as lawmakers were drafting and debating bills. The firm started advising clients on their fiduciary duties to prevent breaches and train employees to respond, including how to encrypt data and retain and destroy documents.

Richard Herrmann, a member of Morris James' Intellectual Property Practice, was also quoted discussing the recent effort to expand continuing legal education on the topic, benefiting clients and attorneys alike.

The article is titled "Delaware Bar Leaders Stressing Need for Cybersecurity Efforts.Read the full article here.

Morris James Partner Joseph R. Slights, III Nominated to Become Next Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery

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Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that partner Joseph R. Slights, III has been nominated by Governor Jack Markell to become a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. The judicial nomination was announced on Monday, February 8th.

“I am honored and grateful to have been nominated by Governor Markell to serve on the nation’s premier court for the resolution of business disputes – the Delaware Court of Chancery,” Slights stated. “If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving the citizens and the State of Delaware as Vice Chancellor.” More ›

Ian D. McCauley Appointed to Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law & Technology

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Ian D. McCauley was appointed as an Associate Member of the Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law & Technology. The Commission was created to develop and publish guidelines and best practices regarding the use of technology and the practice of law. According to former Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Liaison Justice to the new Arm of Court, “The Court expects the Commission to become a valuable resource not only to all Delaware judges and lawyers for issues related to technology and ethics in the practice of law, but also to serve as a model for other states who are interested in assisting their judges and lawyers maintain their professional competence in technology.” Click here to see the full members list and read more about the Commission.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Eighteen Morris James Practice Areas among 2016 “Best Law Firms” in Delaware

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Eighteen Morris James practice areas were recognized in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. These rankings complement the twenty-one Morris James attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion in the “The Best Lawyers in America” 2016 edition.

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Morris James Receives Christopher W. White 2015 Distinguished Access to Justice Leadership Award

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Morris James LLP was presented the Leadership Award at the Delaware State Bar Association’s Christopher W. White 2015 Distinguished Access to Justice Awards Breakfast on October 29th, 2015. The Leadership Award is given to the firm who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of pro bono service to the impoverished in Delaware, and who fosters a culture which recognizes the value of Access to Justice service.  More ›

Sixteen Morris James Lawyers Recognized in Delaware Today's "Top Lawyers 2015"

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Morris James LLP is pleased to congratulate the lawyers listed below, who were most recommended by their professional peers in a survey of Delaware attorneys conducted by Delaware Today magazine. Sixteen Morris James attorneys were distinguished in their respective practice areas, with seven named as “top vote-getters,” listed below in bold. More ›

Morris James LLP Receives NAMI Delaware’s "Corporate Partner of the Year" Award

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Delaware has recognized Morris James as its “Corporate Partner of the Year.”  Managing partner, David H. Williams, accepted this award given in recognition for the firm’s service to the community and support for NAMI Delaware’s mission. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit group that raises money and awareness for the treatment of people with mental illness.  Over the past 13 years, a dedicated team of Morris James employees has raised money each year in the NAMI Delaware Walk. Margie Touchton, a long-term employee, has led Morris James’ effort which contributes money to fund people in group homes around the state.  More ›

Peter B. Ladig and Ian D. McCauley to Speak at eDiscovery CLE on October 15th

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Peter B. Ladig and Ian D. McCauley will be speaking at an upcoming CLE titled "Managing E-Discovery Effectively: Meeting the Expectations of your Clients and the Court," sponsored by the eDiscovery and Technology Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Ian will be speaking on the second panel of the afternoon, discussing the relationship among clients, counsel, and vendors in the e-discovery process, various eDiscovery options, as well as balancing competing interests in the decision-making process. Pete will be speaking on the final panel of the afternoon, “Views from the Bench and Bar,” along with jurists and practitioners, discussing their views on several topics, including attorneys’ roles in meeting their ethical obligations to the court while fulfilling client expectations. More ›

Ian D. McCauley to Speak at National Business Institute eDiscovery Seminar on September 25, 2015

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Ian D. McCauley will be speaking at a National Business Institute Seminar titled "Discovery Under the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" on September 25, 2015. The seminar will be discussing the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which will bring significant changes to eDiscovery and litigation strategy when they are implemented on December 1, 2015. The seminar will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Wilmington Downtown from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and will count as 6 hours of CLE credit. More ›

Best Lawyers® 2016 Recognizes 21 Morris James Attorneys

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Twenty-one Morris James attorneys in twenty-six practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 edition. Additionally, three of those attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” for their respective practices, including Richard Galperin for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Gretchen S. Knight for Family Law, and Mark D. Olson for Tax Law.  More ›