On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into law marking one of the biggest expansions of federal intellectual property law in decades. Chris Michelone analyzed the new law and its implications for businesses and employers in a whitepaper: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
The CCWRC (http://ccwrc.org/) strives to empower survivors of sexual or domestic violence, and to work toward the elimination of such violence through crisis intervention, services, education, and advocacy. Suzette Sims served on the CCWRC Board from 2010 to 2016. During this period, she served on various committees, including Personnel, Finance, Outreach, and Executive Committees. Her [...]
In May, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new regulations regarding overtime. The changes are expected to impact millions of currently exempt employees by making them eligible for mandatory overtime pay. McQuaide Blasko attorney, Philip Miles authored a whitepaper to help explain the new regulations: New Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Limiting Exemptions. Since then, multiple publications have [...]
On June 29th, Julia Cronin Rater served as faculty for the seminar entitled "CLE for the Busy Lawyer" presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She presented on the topic of family law updates , discussing family law decisions rendered by the Pennsylvania appellate courts and legislative happenings over the past year.
The Altoona Mirror recently named Chris Michelone one of its "20 Under 40" in the Blair County area. The criteria for selection included "business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those who have contributed to the betterment of life in the region." You can read Chris's profile as published in the Altoona Mirror here.
McQuaide Blasko attorney, Allen Neely, coached a team of three Penn State Law students who competed in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County mock trial competition. The team achieved a second-place finish on the defense side, out of 12 competing law schools. Among the other competing law schools were Georgetown, William & Mary and the [...]
At its annual meeting on May 12, 2016, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Civil Litigation Section elected McQuaide Blasko attorney, Jon Stepanian, as the 2016-17 Chair Elect for the section. He will be the Chairperson for the section in 2017-18. Jon works in McQuaide Blasko's Hershey office and practices in the areas of medical professional liability defense, litigation, and health [...]
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a new final rule regarding overtime regulations. Millions of employees may be reclassified from exempt to nonexempt - meaning employers will be forced to pay them time-and-a-half for overtime work. Phil Miles analyzed the new rules in a whitepaper: New Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Limiting Exemptions.
At its annual meeting on May 12, 2016, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Workers' Compensation Section elected McQuaide Blasko attorney, Michael Routch, as the 2016-17 Chair Elect for the section. He will be the Chairperson for the section in 2017-18. Mike works in McQuaide Blasko's Hollidaysburg office and practices in the areas of workers' compensation, civil litigation, business law, and real estate [...]
Justin G. Bish joins McQuaide Blasko as an attorney in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in State College.
Prior to joining the firm, Justin Bish was the co-founder of the Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic where he assisted veterans with benefit appeals and a wide array of legal matters. Mr. Bish graduated from Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law in 2015 after earning his bachelor's degree in Labor Employment Relations from Penn State [...]