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Forest H. on ContractsCounsel
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Forest H.

Attorney
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Nashville, TN
26 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL, TN, TX
Washington and Lee University

Forest is a general practice lawyer. He provides legal advice regarding small business law, contracts, estates and trusts, administrative law, corporate governance and compliance. Forest practiced complex commercial litigation in Florida for eight years, representing clients such as Host Marriott, Kellogg School of Business, and Toyota. Since moving to Nashville in 2005, he has provided legal advice to clients forming new businesses, planning for the future, and seeking funding through the use of equity and/or debt in their businesses. This advice has included the selection of business type, assistance in drafting and editing their business plans and offering material, reviewing proposed term sheets, and conducting due diligence. Forest is a member of the Florida, Tennessee, and Texas Bars; in addition. Forest has held a Series 7, General Securities Representative Exam, Series 24, General Securities Principal, and Series 63, Uniform Securities Agent State Law.

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Eric M.

Lawyer
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Pembroke Pines, FL
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL, TX
University of Baltimore

Experienced and business-oriented attorney with a great depth of contract experience including vendor contracts, service contracts, employment, licenses, operating agreements and other corporate compliance documents.

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Diana M.

Patent Attorney
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Boca Raton, FL
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL, TX
Florida Coastal School of Law

Diana is a registered patent attorney and licensed to practice law in Florida and in federal courts in Florida and in Texas. For nearly a decade, Diana has been known as the go-to brand builder, business protector, and rights negotiator. Diana works with individual inventors, startups, and small to medium-sized closely held business entities to build, protect, and leverage a robust intellectual property portfolio comprising patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, and trade secrets.

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Jose P.

Partner
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San Antonio, Dallas
24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of Pennsylvania

I am a corporate lawyer with expertise working with small businesses, venture capital and healthcare. Previously, I worked at large law firms, as well as head attorney for companies. I graduated from Harvard College and University of Pennsylvania Law School. I speak 5 languages (Spanish, French, Italian and Russian, plus English), visited over 60 countries, and used to compete in salsa dancing!

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George O.

Managing Attorney
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Houston, Texas
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
South Texas College of Law

George Oggero is a down-to-earth lawyer who understands that his clients are human beings. He is a lifelong Houston resident. He graduated from St. Thomas High School and then Texas A&M University. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2007. He is experienced in real estate, criminal defense, civil/commercial matters, personal, injury, business matters, general counsel on-demand, and litigation.

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Don G.

Attorney at law
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Oklahoma City, OK
23 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Texas Tech School of Law

Texas licensed attorney specializing for 22 years in Business and Contract law with a focus on construction law and business operations. My services include General Business Law Advisement; Contract Review and Drafting; Legal Research and Writing; Business Formation; Articles or Instructive Writing; and more. I am able to draft and review contracts, and have experience with, contract law and business formation in any state. For more insight into my skills and experience, please feel free to visit my LinkedIn profile or contact me with any questions.

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Steven C.

Managing Partner
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Dallas, TX
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in LA, TX
University of Houston

Steve Clark has been practicing law in DFW since 1980. He is licensed in both Texas and Louisiana state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on business clients and their needs. He has been a SuperLawyer in Texas since 2011, and is Lead Counsel rated in Business Law. He is also a Bet the Company litigator in Texas.

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Curt L.

Business Attorney
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Houston, TX
34 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
South Texas College of Law Houston

For over thirty (33) years, Mr. Langley has developed a diverse general business and commercial litigation practice advising clients on day-to-day business and legal matters, as well as handling lawsuits and arbitrations across Texas and in various other states across the country. Mr. Langley has handled commercial matters including employment law, commercial collections, real estate matters, energy litigation, construction, general litigation, arbitrations, defamation actions, misappropriation of trade secrets, usury, consumer credit, commercial credit, lender liability, accounting malpractice, legal malpractice, and appellate practice in state and federal courts. (Online bio at www.curtmlangley.com).

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Rinky P.

Managing Attorney
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Tampa, FL
31 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, FL, TX
University of Minnesota

Rinky S. Parwani began her career practicing law in Beverly Hills, California handling high profile complex litigation and entertainment law matters. Later, her practice turned transactional to Lake Tahoe, California with a focus on business startups, trademarks, real estate resort development and government law. After leaving California, she also served as in-house counsel for a major lending corporation headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa as well as a Senior Vice President of Compliance for a fortune 500 mortgage operation in Dallas, Texas prior to opening Parwani Law, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. She has represented various sophisticated individual, government and corporate clients and counseled in a variety of litigation and corporate matters throughout her career. Ms. Parwani also has prior experience with state and federal consumer lending laws for unsecured credit cards, revolving credit, secured loans, retail credit, sales finance and mortgage loans. She also has served as a special magistrate and legal counsel for numerous Florida County Value Adjustment Boards. Her practice varies significantly from unique federal and state litigation cases to transactional matters. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Parwani worked in private accounting for several years prior to law school. Her background includes a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate from Iowa (currently the license is inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation (currently the designation is inactive). Ms. Parwani or the firm is currently a member of the following organizations: Hillsborough County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Ms. Parwani is a frequent volunteer for Fox Channel 13 Tampa Bay Ask-A-Lawyer. She has published an article entitled "Advising Your Client in Foreclosure" in the Stetson Law Review, Volume 41, No. 3, Spring 2012 Foreclosure Symposium Edition. She is a frequent continuing legal education speaker and has also taught bankruptcy seminars for the American Bar Association and Amstar Litigation. She was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel. In addition, she teaches Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct faculty instructor at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus in the paralegal studies program.

Brandon L. on ContractsCounsel
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October 1, 2020

Brandon L.

Managing Partner, Attorney
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Dallas-Fort Worth
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Juris Doctor – Pepperdine University School of Law – Malibu, California

Brandon is a Texas Super Lawyer®, meaning he is among the top 2.5% of attorneys in his state. He has designed his practice to provide a unique ecosystem of legal support services to business and entrepreneurs, derived from his background as a federal district law clerk, published biochemist, and industry lecturer. Brandon is fluent in Spanish, an Eagle Scout, and actively involved with the youth in his community. He loves advocating for his clients and thinks he may never choose to retire.

Richard E. on ContractsCounsel
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Richard E.

Senior Partner, Attorney
Free Consultation
Dallas-Fort Worth
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Juris Doctor – University of LaVerne College of Law

Richard is a wizard at taking on bureaucracies and simply getting the job done. His clients value his straight-forward counsel and his ability to leverage a top-notch legal staff for efficient and effective results. Richard is a professional engineer, professor of law, and has been named among the top 2.5% of attorneys in Texas by the Super Lawyers®. When he is not driving results for his clients, Richard can be found with his small herd on his Texas homestead.

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Employment Legal Questions and Answers

Employment

Employment Offer

Texas

Asked on Dec 6, 2023

Is background check part of the employment offer?

I recently accepted a job offer and the employer requested that I submit to a background check. However, I am concerned that I may not have been sufficiently informed that this was part of the employment offer. I am wondering if I am obligated to submit to a background check and if it is a requirement of the offer.

J.R. S.

Answered Jan 5, 2024

Potential employers are not explicitly required to disclose that a background check is a necessary condition of employment. In certain circumstances, employers must conduct background checks and keep records of these checks. This is exemplified in the Texas Administrative Code, where an employer must maintain written documentation of a pre-employment check for at least two years regardless of the subsequent employment status of the applicant. You may want to check your offer letter for terms that indicate your employment is contingent upon meeting satisfactory requirements in lieu of specific language of "background check". Depending on the industry and or the company, they may be required to do a background check to verify licensing or education in order to mitigate their risks of negligent hiring.

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Employment

Employment Offer

Texas

Asked on Dec 7, 2023

How to handle an unsatisfactory employment offer?

I recently received an employment offer from a company that I have been in talks with for several months. The offer is significantly lower than expected and does not include the benefits I was expecting. I am unsure of how to handle the situation and would like advice from a lawyer on how to proceed.

Garrett M.

Answered Jan 23, 2024

One important thing in negotiations like this is that you don't want to let your emotions take over, which will probably lead to you burning a bridge. Even if you were very disappointed in the initial offer, try to stay composed in your communications and just let them know that this is quite a bit below the offer that you were expecting. They will probably say that the offer is more than fair when taking into the market, your qualifications, etc., so it is important that you are prepared with a counter offer and some decent arguments to back up your counter offer. Maybe they mentioned in the hiring process or the job posting that benefits would be included? Maybe you have qualifications that put you above the average market employee in this position? Regardless, employers almost always have some room to move from an initial offer that they make to a prospective employee, so it rarely hurts to ask for a little more.

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Employment

Independent Contractor Agreement

Texas

Asked on Mar 29, 2021

What is the difference between an independent contractor agreement and consulting agreement?

I am looking to hire someone to help my startup and am not sure which agreement I should use.

Forest H.

Answered Mar 29, 2021

While the basic structure and framework of a consulting agreement and an independent contractor agreement are very similar, the primary difference is in what services the consultant provides. In a consulting agreement, the consultant is providing their advice for a fee. The guidance will be in the field of their expertise and, usually, includes evaluating an aspect of your business and making suggestions regarding what to do next. An independent contractor, on the other hand, will actually perform the work. The difference is not always a bright line and will vary depending on the circumstances. In some cases, a service provider will evaluate, recommend, and then perform. In that case, they are acting as a consultant first and then an independent contractor. It is also important to properly consider the differences between an independent contractor and an employee.

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Employment

Employee Separation Agreement

Texas

Asked on Jun 13, 2023

When to use an employee separation agreement?

I am an employer considering letting an employee go and am looking to understand when an employee separation agreement is necessary. I am unsure of the distinction between an employee separation agreement and other termination documents and want to ensure that I am following the proper protocol and protecting my business in the event of legal action.

Wendy C.

Answered Jul 18, 2023

Separation agreement is usually helpful when separating with an employee amicably and includes other terms that you want to ask of the other party and which you will also make promises. In other words, it is a two-way (or mutual) agreement. A termination letter is most likely a one-way communication, a notice that such employee is being terminated. You should talk to your preferred counsel to discuss facts in detail and make a determination which one will be the right approach.

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Employment

Employee Benefits Agreement

Texas

Asked on Oct 28, 2022

If an employee is paid salary, can an employee force PTO if said employee is out with a doctor’s excuse?

I got sick and ended up missing a day of work. I went to the doctor and was prescribed meds and told to take meds and rest the next 2 days. I provided an excuse at work. When I got my pay stub, I see the manager forced 24 hours of PTO for the days I was out. Mind you, our hours of operation are 8am-5pm M-F, but I’m here every day at 6:30am and work until 8, 9 or 10:00pm some days. Please advise. Thank you for your time!

Howard B.

Answered Nov 15, 2022

The rules for the salary basis of pay is governed by a federal law called the Fair Labor Standards Act. It allow an employer to deduct an entire day's pay if an entire day of work is missed. If any part of such a day was worked at all, then a full day's pay is required by law. HOWEVER, there is an exception under which partial day deductions for partial day absences is allowed if an only if the absence is for Family and Medical Leave Act leave. I'm not licensed to practice law in Texas: if there is any peculiar spin on it through state law, perhaps a Texas attorney will chime in. It is ordinary for an employer to substitute PTO for salary pay when a whole day is missed.

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