PHILADELPHIA SENIOR ASSOCIATE CORPORATE M&A ATTORNEY
Immediate Need for a “Go To” Senior Associate Corporate M&A Attorney to directly interface and develop and close $30-$40-$100 million deals for leading law firm clients. Partnership opportunity. No Business Required. Extra-Ordinary work environment with lots of flexibility. Very Personally Rewarding. Practice includes handling mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of assets and of Fortune 500 companies, as well as small and medium-sized companies, including finance firms and private financial services and lending companies. Will be drafting and negotiating acquisition agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, exchange agreements, stockholders agreements, IP consulting agreements, independent contractor agreements, privacy policies and software agreements. This is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference.
Dentons has launched a risk consulting business to provide advisory, assurance and remediation services across the regulatory, operational, conduct and enterprise risk agendas in a cost effective and client-focussed way. ‘Dentons Risk Consulting’ is led by Managing Directors John Davison and Christian Blackwell who bring deep industry knowledge and consulting experience to the business.
Dentons Risk Consulting supports senior management, compliance and risk functions, enabling them to evaluate and enhance their risk management systems, and implement change where necessary to correct and prevent issues. The unit helps front office risk and control teams develop, evaluate and enhance their governance arrangements, tools and frameworks and control environments, as well as analyse and implement regulatory change and respond to regulator interventions. It delivers practical preventative and detective risk management solutions, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client and project. In addition to engaging the unit for specific assignments, clients will also be able to use Dentons Risk Consulting to support their ongoing risk management needs.
Dentons CEO for the UK and Middle East Jeremy Cohen comments, “Clients increasingly want their law firms to be holistic service providers as well as trusted legal advisers. Dentons is already on the panels of many of the major global financial institutions, advising them on their biggest transactions and most complex disputes. Now we will be able to offer them a broader service supporting them to operationalise compliance and risk management, aligning legal and non-legal services into an overall offering.”
John Davison and Christian Blackwell, both formerly of Norton Rose Fulbright, bring real industry experience to the practice. John has worked for over 20 years in senior risk and compliance roles in global banking institutions as well as for the UK regulator and as a management consultant. Christian has spent over 20 years as a management consultant, including 14 years with PwC.
John Davison comments, “Clients look for efficient, tailored and sustainable solutions that address their specific requirements in a manner that fits their business model and is aligned with their strategic aims. Dentons’ global capabilities provide a platform from which we can deliver a truly holistic service that enables clients to meet their legal and consulting needs from one provider.”
Christian Blackwell adds, “While initially focussed on UK financial services institutions, the flexibility of our model will enable us to service clients outside of this arena, such as the highly regulated and potentially high risk automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, aerospace and defence sectors. We will also be able to review the breadth of our proposition in response to changes in global regulation and economic conditions.”
Dentons UK Managing Director Lisa Sewell comments, “The launch of Dentons Risk Consulting follows the establishment earlier this year of our UK Regulatory and Trade group, which brought together over 20 partners with market-leading reputations across a range of regulatory disciplines. In response to increasing demands for stand-alone regulatory advice, both in the UK and cross-border, we are now able to provide clients with a holistic compliance and regulatory service.”
Position Title: Director of Human Resources and Facilities
Department: Human Resources/Facilities
Reports To: Managing Director FLSA Status: Exempt
II. POSITION SUMMARY
The Director of Human Resources and Facilities will be a senior advisor to the Managing Director in the areas of Employee Relations, HR compliance, and Facilities management. This position will oversee all HR management processes for the Firm’s attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, including the annual evaluation and compensation cycles, recruitment, and facilities management. Must have the ability to implement strategic directives using initiative, solid judgment, and business savvy.
III. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Provide clear and consistent advice to the Managing Director in the areas of Human Resources and Employee Relations, including performance management, conflict resolution, and terminations;
Support Firm leaders in building and maintaining a culture of teamwork and high performance, while ensuring compliance with Firm policies and all aspects of employment law;
Maintain, improve and develop the Firm’s related policies and procedures, and work in collaboration with the Managing Director and the Firm’s Employment Counsel to ensure compliance with all aspects of state and federal labor laws; prepare and maintain attorney and employee handbooks and ensure all staff understand and comply with firm policies and procedures;
Work collaboratively with designated committees and the Managing Director in the annual evaluation and compensation review cycles for attorneys, paralegals and support staff;
Oversee and coordinate recruiting efforts with practice group leaders and the Firm’s Managing Director for all exempt, nonexempt and temporary workers; write and place advertisements, work with search firms, screen and interview non-exempt candidates, conduct reference checking, extend job offers, oversee orientation programs for attorneys and staff, and conduct exist interviews;
Prepare job descriptions as necessary;
Oversee onboarding of new attorneys and staff;
Represent the Firm for any unemployment claims;
Monitor staffing levels to ensure adequate support for practice groups and administration;
Oversee health and welfare plans, semi-monthly partner draw and bi-weekly payroll; approve overtime and PTO requests;
Remain current on changes in Federal and State benefit and labor laws; update policies as needed;
Oversee secretarial workflow and ensure resources are maximized;
Manage space initiatives and ensure that office space is “client ready” at all times.
Bachelor’s degree required; Human Resources certification (PHR, SPHR) preferred;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and DeskSite or similar document management system;
Ten+ years of experience in Human Resources, with 5 years or more in a management level position;
Previous experience in the legal industry (preferred), or in other similar professional services organizations;
An effective management style, balancing direction and accountability with coaching skills and a collaborative approach;
Knowledge and experience in the administration of performance evaluations and compensation processes.
25 of the Most Surreal Places to Visit in the US in 2019
These are the Must See Places to visit in the USA in 2019:
1. Giant Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This beauty is the largest hot spring you’ll find in the United States, and third largest in the world, behind New Zealand’s Frying Pan Lake and Boiling Lake in Dominica. The colors of the spring come from the pigmented bacteria in the waters. Can you dip a toe in it? No, but you can walk around the edge for a cool photo op.
2. Watkins Glen State Park – Finger Lakes State Park, New York
Located in New York’s Finger Lakes State Parks, Watkins Glen State Park is a hidden gem famous for its 400 foot deep gorge with breathtaking waterfalls and scenic views. Whether you want to visit as a day-visitor or an overnight camper, Watkins Glen offers several activity options for any visitor with its picnic facilities, tent and trailer campsites, an Olympic size pool, and fishing sites where you can participate in the annual spring run of rainbow trout.
3. This seasonal waterfall (flowing during the winter and spring) at Yosemite will make you think of Mordor from Lord of the Rings, but don’t fret. That yellow-red glow is caused from the sun shining upon the falls at certain times.3. Horsetail Fall – Yosemite National Park, California
Drive 2 ½ hours from Reno and you’ll find yourself at Fly Geyser. This was created by some drilling done in the name of finding sources for geothermal energy in 1964. Minerals sprang from the hole to create this wonderfully odd formation. Fly Geyser is on private property, so don’t try to climb the tall fences that surround it. But it’s so huge that you can get a good picture from the road.
The moment you see Mono Lake in person you’ll believe you’re on another planet. Snowcapped mountains surround this salty blue lake that has plenty of Tufa, columns of limestone that have been formed by the salinity of the water.
6. The Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s longest linear park, is a favorite for a relaxed slow-paced scenic drive through Virginia and North Carolina. With a distance of 369 miles, you can find eight campgrounds, 360 miles of hiking trails, 13 picnic areas, biking trails, boating on Price Lake, music festivals, and an opportunity to join a park ranger for walks, hikes , and campfires.6. The Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia and North Carolina
It took millions of years for winds to erode Navajo sandstone in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of Arizona to make this trippy formation that’s a great photo opportunity. Permits are required to visit The Wave and are awarded via a lottery system online.
The Wave is located in a very remote area – on the border of Arizona and Utah – and the easiest ways to get there are to fly into Las Vegas or Phoenix and then rent a car for the 4+ hour drive to Antelope Canyon.
Let’s go back to the not-so-enlightened times of the 1900s when the locals would toss all sorts of household garbage over the cliffs and onto the beach below. Fast forward a few decades and the only thing the Pacific Ocean didn’t take was the glass and pottery that’s now been smoothed out from years of erosion.
You’ll never feel as small as you do when standing next to sequoia trees that are as tall as a football field is long. The biggest of the bunch is the General Sherman Tree – it stands 275 feet tall, is said to be around 2,500 years old and is the largest living tree in the world.
If you head to Oregon’s Cape Perpetua an hour before to an hour after high tide, you’ll be able to see one hell of a show at Thor’s Well. This saltwater fountain creates its show from the powerful ocean tides and is very dangerous, so try to enjoy it from a safe distance.
If you ever find yourself in Juneau, Alaska, a trip to these caverns are a must-do. The ice caves in this 12-mile glacier at the heart of the Mendenhall Valley give you the feeling that you’re walking through a tunnel of brilliant blue clouds.
Decorated with fragrant magnolia blossoms and 18th-century cobblestones, Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful city to enjoy the rich cuisine, art, architecture, history, ghost stories, and the good old Southern charm. Ride a carriage or trolley and make your way to Tybee Island to enjoy the sandy beaches and loggerhead sea turtle sighting.
This may look like it should be in a fairy tale, but it’s actually in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. This place is great to walk through on a warm summer day just to see the fern and moss that coat the walls.
Yes, there’s something even cooler beyond the uninhibited fun of Key West. Head 70 miles west of Key West and you’ll find Dry Tortugas National Park. Its home to Fort Jefferson, an unfinished fortress that the U.S. Navy began building in 1847. This place is secluded from the world. So much so that you can only access it by boat or seaplane. A fine way to unplug from the rest of the world.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someplace flatter on earth. The Bonneville Salt Flats are what’s left of a prehistoric lake that covered the area until about 14,500 years ago. Now it’s the home to Speed Week in mid-August, where racers look to break land speed records. The Flats can get awfully hot in the summer (120 degrees Fahrenheit), so maybe stay away during that time of year. We wholly recommend heading out to the area after a bit of rain, which turns the area into a giant mirror.
The Portland Lighthouses in Maine are a significant part of the cities location. Visit the famous 6 lighthouses: Portland Head Light, Ram Island Ledge Light, Two Lights State Park, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. All within a 20 minute drive from each other, the lighthouses offer a valuable insight to the maritime location as well as its rich history.
There’s a creepy beauty about this beach. You can take a walk or horseback ride along this secluded beach that’s dotted with limbs and roots of tree that have tossed about due to erosion on the north end of the island. It’s a great place for a sunset, and very popular for weddings.
20. The Great Lakes – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario
Are you an adventurer seeking an adrenaline rush? If so, you should visit Lake Michigan. Or maybe you are someone who enjoys the great outdoors and natural beauty. If that’s the case, you should check out Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Are you looking for a place to relax? Lake Huron is the lake for you. History enthusiasts? Lake Ontario is where you will find the fill to your interest or maybe you want a little of everything which you’ll be able to find at Lake Erie. The Great Lakes, the largest group of freshwater lakes, is beautiful landscape filled with indigenous wildlife that has something for every type of traveler.
Niagara Falls State Park is full of attractions and activities for any visitor. From renting bikes to visiting aquariums, there’s something for every type of traveler. Experience the grandness of the falls from every angle and if you dare, stand as close to get front row seats in the splash zone.
Just outside of the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah is a beautiful recreational escape into nature where you can enjoy scenic hiking trails, waterfalls, vineyards, and stunning vistas. Whether you want to enjoy an annual festival or a picnic under the stars, you can find something to do for everyone.
It took millions of years for water to carve out these crevices you can take a walk through today. The colors you actually see on the walls will change depending on the time of year when you visit. There are no private walks to the area as the Navajo Nation only allow guided tours to enter the canyon. But that’s a good way to find out even more about the area.
25. Hamilton Pool Preserve – Dripping Springs, Texas
This natural pool just outside of Austin, Texas, is a popular summertime hangout for tourists and locals alike. So how did it come to be? It actually used to be an underground river before erosion caused the dome to collapse.
While the island is still working to rebuild in many ways, most of its hotels and tourist attractions that had closed after the storm are now back up and running, leading experts to suggest a somewhat surprising way for people to support Puerto Rico now: vacation there.
The tourism industry in Puerto Rico is estimated to employ over 63,500 people and earns 7 percent of the island’s gross national product. But following Maria, many would-be travelers assumed that nothing is open, or felt it might be too soon to return to the island for leisure, when the reality is, Puerto Rico is craving tourists, numerous reports confirm.
Old San Juan has almost fully recovered, with the majority of bars and restaurants open and a new resort, the Serafina Beach Hotel, ready for business. According to Travel + Leisure, most hotels across the entire island have reopened their doors, with the remaining few (Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve and the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort) re-opening in October.
The publication also reports that in 2019, at least four new luxury resorts are set to open on Puerto Rico, including a Four Seasons, a JW Marriott and two ALOFT hotels.
In May, Airbnb announced they would donate all of the fees from stays booked in the U.S. territory to recovery organizations such as All Hands and Hearts, which offers flight vouchers in exchange for a two-week commitment to volunteer at one of their cleanup sites, New York magazine reports.
Although most of the island’s touristy areas are ready and waiting, many travelers won’t see the parts of Puerto Rico that have not recovered from the devastation caused by the storm, like rural villages that still have no power.
For those looking to support the island with more than their tourism dollars, many charitable organizations will arrange volunteering trips that still allow guests to take in Puerto Rico’s charm and natural beauty while doing good.
“Taking day or overnight trips and spending money in a community outside of San Juan is important, too,” Manolo Lopez, founder of the Cosa Nuestra Relief Fund told New York. “Go to Arecibo, Ponce, Mayagüez, Isabela — these are towns with a lot to offer, so much charm, and beautiful beaches. They depend on their local economy to get back on their feet.”
Para la Naturaleza offers snorkeling trips to coral reefs, which helps with data collection and research on how marine ecosystems are recuperating, and nighttime kayaking trips in bioluminescent bays help fund initiatives to reduce light pollution. They also offer hands-on volunteer seminars that incorporate tree-planting and beach sweeps to continue cleaning up the coast.
Local Guest offers excursions like spelunking or hiking, while also incorporating clean-up efforts. While organizations like Instituto Nueva Escuela connect volunteers with schools in need of people to help repair playgrounds and teach children. Amigos de los Animales focuses on the stray animals that were abandoned during the storm, and pairs volunteers with shelters who need help cleaning and managing adoptions.
Did you reboot your router yet? Make sure to do so and soon.
Many ignore everyday warnings, but this one from the FBI is one you should take seriously
US consumers who practice poor router security are at high risk from cyberattacks designed to take over their connected devices, steal passwords and gather other sensitive personal information. Half of people surveyed (51%) in the US by Avast, the global leader in digital security, have never even logged into their router’s web administration interface to change the factory login credentials. And, 72% have never updated their firmware. Given the vulnerabilities users face with VPNFilter, it is highly recommended to update your router firmware and change your router admin password. See the article below for the full story.
UPDATE June 6th: Many more devices are affected by VPNFilter than originally thought. Ars Technica estimates that over 200,000 additional models may be affected. Click here for the full list of routers.
The FBI recently issued an immediate call-to-action for every small office and homeowner out there: power cycle (reboot) your router ASAP. The malware is coming. Chances are your router might be hiding in plain sight — you probably take it for granted since it just does its thing — but it needs your attention, and the sooner the better. If you are like many, you don’t always update your router firmware (only 14% of those recently surveyed have done so). Or, change the default administrator password (only 18% of those recently surveyed have done so) according to Broadband Genie. But, this time, you really need to.
So what happened?
Across the globe, cybercriminals have used VPNFilter malware to compromise about 500,000 home and office routers, as well as other networked devices.
What exactly does VPNFilter do?
This malware is capable of several nefarious actions, including rendering the router inoperable, possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic. Worse, this malware is not limited to a particular router manufacturer (so far Netgear, TP-Link, Linksys, MikroTik, and QNAP have all been confirmed as affected), and may also include routers you got directly from your internet service provider (ISP). This malware has also already been known to infiltrate a network-attached storage device of at least one manufacturer.
In short, both size and scope of this malware attack are significant.
How can I protect my router from VPNFilter malware?
If you have a router at home, home office, or small business, you should take action as soon as possible by following these steps to protect your network:
Reboot your router.
Turn it off, wait 10 seconds, and then turn it back on.
Change the admin password on your router. (And, make sure it is a unique, strong password – tips here).
If you want to go all out, consider resetting your router back to its factory settings. This will take some time as you will need to implement all security patches for your router and then setup your Wi-Fi again so that all of your devices can easily reconnect. We recommend that you check your router documentation or contact the manufacturer and follow the steps carefully to do the reset and reconfiguration.
The work of a public relations professional is often defined by his or her select means of communication. When communicating through social media as most modern professionals do, we must recognize and keep up with current and emerging trends. Here are some insights on the behavior of social media audiences for the year.
1. Rates of consumption won’t increase. Researcher’s have seen a one percent drop in consumption habits. Therefore as users slow their dependence online, competition for attention from audiences is expected to increase.
2. Smart speakers will be the forefront of technology. It’s estimated that by 2021 roughly 2 billion people will be using a digital assistant and 50 percent of all search queries will be conducted through voice search. Manually searching will be a thing of the past, and Alexa will become queen.
3. There will become a stronger divide between television and the internet. By next year, audiences will be spending just as much time watching TV as they do searching the internet. The average person will spend slightly over 2.6 hours a day browsing the internet and 2.7 hours a day watching television. It’s expected that TV will become less popular as technology advances.
4. Increased focus on privacy. There is no doubt that the online community has feared invasion of privacy. Future social media networks and companies are expected to offer more advanced privacy settings and profile privacy in the near future.
6. The self care movement is remerging. Social media can be a constant bombardment of information and stimulation. Social media users are beginning to build each other up, rather than tear each other down by rekindling humanity amongst users.
As online media communities increasingly adopt these characteristics, PR professionals must work harder and constantly strive to stand out amongst growing competition.
Students! Create good content. Create it often and make it heartfelt to your audience.
Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean Islands last Wednesday with winds above 170 mph according to the National Weather Service. Most of us breathed a sigh of relief and silently thought that we were so glad that we didn’t live on those little islands or in Florida and that we were untouched by the effects of the storm. If we really felt that and if we really believe that then what kind of person/people are we, really? Is our society immune to those people who are left in shelters, who are sick with emphysema, or simply from being an aged person who no longer has the means or the support to do for himself, or someone who is a mother struggling to feed, provide shelter for her young children. The aftermath of Hurricane Irma is when the storm really rages on. We can, and we should, do our part to help. Because what if it was “you” or “me”? There are many organizations set up to accept money, there are local churches to donate food, water and clothing. Rebuilding will take the help of many. GLI wants us all to do something.
Please read more below for information and links to available and established charities, as well as advice on how to select an organization that puts your dollars where you want them.
Irma victims’ need for relief is only beginning
More than 5 million customers are without power in Florida and 200,000 remain in shelters.
The Caribbean island of Barbuda reports 95 percent of its buildings were flattened by Irma.
While Irma has subsided to a post-tropical storm, the path of destruction left behind means victims’ need for assistance is only beginning.
The massive storm’s raging winds and tidal surge demolished homes and buildings in many parts of Florida. More than 5 million are without power in that state, and federal officials say weeks could pass before it gets restored in some areas. More than 200,000 people remain in shelters.
Major damage also has been reported among the Caribbean islands that were in Irma’s path, including Barbuda where 95 percent of buildings are destroyed.
Between charities and crowdfunding sites, there’s no shortage of ways to donate money to help people whose lives have been turned upside down, whether on U.S. soil or elsewhere.
If you already have a favorite charity, find out if it’s providing the specific aid you want to support (i.e., emergency shelters, post-trauma counselling, health care, etc.). Remember that if you see a solicitation for donations on social media, don’t commit your money until you make sure the group seeking your support is legit. You can do that at sites like CharityNavigator, CharityWatch or Guidestar.
The Federal Trade Commission also recommends avoiding charities that seem to have sprung up overnight. Some are scams. And even if they are not, their quick formation could mean they really don’t have the infrastructure in place to be effective.
Additionally, the FTC urges giving directly to the nonprofit instead of through a paid fundraiser. Professional fundraisers get a percentage — sometimes more than 50 percent — of your donation.
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Olga Teakell, on right, and her family clean her mobile home after it was damaged by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida, September 11, 2017.
Alternatively, CharityNavigator has released a list of its highly rated organizations that are providing relief to Irma victims and will continue updating it.
Also remember that donations to qualified nonprofit groups generally are tax-deductible if you itemize your return instead of taking the standard deduction, so keep your receipts.
Here is a sampling of charities dedicating resources to Irma victims (many of which also continue to assist people in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey):
1. The American Red Cross already has volunteers assisting in the Caribbean islands and Florida with more on the way. You can visit the organization’s website or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation. Alternatively, you can text “IRMA” to 90999 to donate $10.
2. Catholic Relief Services, which will use donations to help provide shelter, water and critical supplies like hygiene kits to storm victims in the Caribbean, is taking donations though its website. Or, you can call 877-435-7277.
3. Save The Children, which has assisted in the Caribbean and is deploying teams and supplies to Florida geared toward children and families worst affected by the storm, is accepting donations via its website. Or, you can text “IRMA” to 20222 to make a $10 donation.
4. Direct Relief, an organization that is providing emergency medical supplies and resources to communities affected by Irma, is accepting donations on its website or by phone (1-805-964-4767).
5. Habitat for Humanity International will help with post-disaster recovery efforts, including the repair of damaged homes construction of new affordable houses. The group also is helping families affected by Harvey. Donations can be made on its website or by calling 1-800-HABITAT.
6. World Hope International is accepting donations on its website. The money will be used to purchase emergency supplies and equipment for the storm recovery.
7. GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding site for charitable giving, has started a relief fund dedicated to Irma victims. You can donate through its website or text IRMA to 80100 to donate $10.
8. GoFundMe, another crowdfunding site, has a dedicated area on its website for Irma-related fundraising campaigns. You can choose from one of hundreds of individual campaigns on the webpage or donate to the Direct Impact Fund, whose donations get distributed among verified campaigns to help victims of Irma. GoFundMe donations are guaranteed to end up in the right place or donors get their money back.