Law Practice Today Expo 2019
FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH
TRANSACTIONAL (4 Sessions)
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10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
The Effect of Recent Tax Law Changes on Current Businesses
Understand the biggest changes impacting businesses – what’s changed and what that means for business planning this year and moving forward: Corporate Tax Rate; Pass-through deduction; Depreciation (expensing); Business interest deduction and NOLs; Accounting and partnership provisions; Business credits; Corporate AMT; International Provisions and BEAT; Benefits and compensation provisions; And More.
O. E. “Sonny” Schow, IV is a member of Woolf McClane Bright Allen & Carpenter where his primary areas of practice include federal and state taxation, including tax disputes in federal and state court, estate planning, trust administration, probate law and estate administration, business entity formations and governance, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and transactional law. Mr. Schow was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1992 with a B.A. in psychology, where he was a member of the Psi Chi honor society. Mr. Schow received his J.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1996 and was a member of the first class to graduate with a concentration in business transactions from the Center for Entrepreneurial Law. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Schow served from 1996 to 1997 as the Law Clerk to the Honorable R. Vann Owens and the Honorable Howell N. Peoples, Chancellors, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Mr. Schow was admitted to practice law in 1996. Mr. Schow is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations and is a member of the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association and the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Advanced Purchase and Sale Agreements
Experienced practitioners will provide an in-depth discussion of select purchase and sale agreement topics, including:
- Identify the top “gotchas” in commercial PSAs
- Learn the current trends in representations and warranties, damage caps, and survival periods
- Uninsured losses—how to deal with them in a PSA
- Estoppels—what does a buyer need? What should a seller give?
- Electronic data rooms—what you see is what you may get
Robyn Jarvis Askew is a shareholder at Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop. Her practice centers on commercial law with an emphasis on commercial real estate, finance and business transactions. In addition, Ms. Askew represents physicians, nurses and other medical professionals before state licensing boards. Ms. Askew worked as a real estate developer for more than ten years and has extensive experience with national retailers. Her developed properties include Walgreen’s retail facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Ms. Askew served on the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, and chaired THDA’s Grants Committee. She also chaired the Knoxville’s Central Business Improvement District. She is immediate past chair of the board of the Knoxville Chamber. She is a past member and chair of the City of Knoxville’s Police Advisory Review Committee, and has served on numerous other boards including the Alzheimer’s Association and the Episcopal School of Knoxville.
Alyson Amonette Dyer is an attorney with the City of Knoxville. Alyson earned her J.D. from Villanova University in 1996. Prior to her legal education, she attended Duke University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before joining the City in 2001, she served for five years as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAGC) for the United States Navy, handling environmental issues and criminal defense law.
Brian Krumm is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he teaches Business Associations, Secured Transactions, and Representing Enterprises. He currently is the Director of the Business Clinic where his students represent small start-up companies, advising them on such matters as entity formation, transactional documents, and intellectual property matters. He is co-author of A Transactional Matter: A Guide to Business Lawyering, and Entrepreneurial Law both published by West.
Jordana Nelson counsels clients in the area of commercial real estate transactions with a focus on affordable housing projects and economic incentives. Jordana brings a unique blend of experience to her practice, having served as general counsel for a public housing authority and as general counsel for a leading multi-family developer. Jordana’s practice includes Economic Incentives, Affordable Housing and Commercial Real Estate & Finance. Upon graduating from law school in 2005, Jordana joined the Public Finance Practice Group at Bass, Berry, & Sims where she practiced for five years before pursuing a position as General Counsel and Vice President of Redevelopment for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, responsible for its redevelopment activities, including an active tax increment financing program and redevelopment of existing public housing. Most recently, she was General Counsel of LHP Capital, LLC, a private developer and manager of multi-family housing properties, where she was responsible for general legal matters and actively involved in affordable housing projects utilizing the LIHTC program.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Better Methods for Drafting Legal Documents
When you need to generate an engagement agreement, a cease and desist letter, or a residential lease do you look for the last one you created and start cutting? Stop! There is a better way! Features built into Microsoft Word like autocorrect, templates, Quick Parts, and developer tools will save you time, prevent errors and ensure consistency. Learn to manipulate PDFs to combine and recombine electronic documents. Fill out scanned PDF “forms” in one step. Sign on the dotted line without printing out a document. Learn to use the software that you already have to make document generation faster, with fewer errors, for everyone in your firm.
Barron Henley is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law ("RPTE") Sections. He's a member of RPTE Futures Task Force, a Board Member for the ABA TECHSHOW, and is the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments; he is a renowned expert on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and HotDocs document assembly software; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook. Barron is also an expert in launching new law firms, overhauling existing firms, and documenting and re-engineering law firm processes. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Data Privacy – Why do you need to know about GDPR?
This session will help you understand how personal data is being regulated. As marketplaces become more global and our clients do business outside the borders of the U.S., they will need to understand how to comply with regulations related to the storage, use, and sharing of their customers’ personal information. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from Europe became effective in 2018 and impacts every company doing business with persons located in the European Union. This section will address the theory and basic provisions of the regulation, in addition to some key terms and effects. There will also be a review of some GDPR cases.
C. Eliza Scott Jones is an associate at Woolf McClane Bright Allen & Carpenter where her practice is focused primarily on cyber law, contract and transactional matters, and estate planning. Ms. Jones graduated from The University of Tennessee with a B.A. in political science, with an additional sixty plus hours of coursework in electrical engineering, computer programming, and the sciences. She obtained her J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 2015. Prior to and during law school, Ms. Jones worked for various contractors for the Department of Energy at both the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Nuclear Security Complex. While at ORNL, she worked extensively in computer and network security, specializing in system vulnerability assessment, custom security scripts and programs, and ownership of unregistered systems. Ms. Jones holds a GLEG certification* provided by the Global Information Assurance Certification Organization (“GIAC”). This certification was earned through successful passage of an examination by GIAC, following completion of the Law of Data Security and Investigations course provided by the SANS Institute. The SANS Institute is a widely-recognized educational leader within the field of computer security.