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Labels Can Be Misleading: General Partnership Interests As Securities

by Lee Lashway In a previous article titled “Are Membership Interests in LLCs Securities Under Oregon Law?”, we considered the application of investment contract theory to determine whether interests in member-managed limited liability companies (“LLCs”) could be considered securities and therefore subject to securities law compliance requirements. Interests in manager-managed LLCs are typically investment contracts, [...]

Documents to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

by John C. Rake All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative invention (patent), creative expression (copyright), or secret “sauce” (trade secret), developing an organized document library that [...]

Executing Enforceable and Practical Non-Compete Agreements

by Jason Yarashes Savvy business owners realize the value of key employees. The savviest business owners consider the execution of a strong non-compete agreement with key employees to avoid costly fallout when key employees leave the business. The loss of client lists, pricing models, customer relationships, and business goodwill—along with loss of key employees themselves—could [...]

Summary Judgment Motions

Craig Capon will be presenting on Summary Judgment Motions, (a tool for resolving legal disputes without a full blown trial), from noon to 1 p.m. on February 27, 2014. The CLE will be held at the Standard Insurance auditorium in Portland for the Professional Development and Education Committee of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. This [...]

NLRB Lays Its Notice Posting Rule to Rest

by Kate Grado What seems like ages ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a controversial rule that required a significant portion of private sector employers — both union and non-union — to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect [...]

Veterans Preference: New Temporary Rule for Oregon Public Employers

by Kate Grado The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued a new temporary rule that addresses the veterans preference obligations of Oregon public employers. The temporary rule clarifies that job recruitment announcements for civil service positions must include any special qualifications and transferable skills required or requested for the position, in addition [...]

Vaden Francisco Joins HLGR’s Business Practice in Eugene

HLGR is pleased to announce that Vaden Francisco, Jr. has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Eugene office. Vaden joined HLGR on January 6, 2014, so he could work closely with other business attorneys in Eugene and Portland while expanding the legal services available to his clients. Vaden’s law practice will continue to focus [...]

Succession Planning: No Better Time to Start Than Now

by Jason Yarashes As the old adage goes:  Sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This saying is applicable to innumerable instances throughout life, not the least of which is business owners who wait to consider selling the business until the day they want to sell the business. Succession planning for eventual [...]

Indian Law and Policy

Many federally-recognized Indian Tribes are emerging with renewed vigor as economic and political sovereigns from the long, dark shadow cast on tribal sovereignty by almost two centuries of complex and indifferent or hostile federal, state, and local policies. Complex legal and policy challenges arise—for tribal governments and their economic development arms as well as for [...]

Sharon Rudnick Named 2013 Woman Business Leader of the Year

Attorney Sharon Rudnick was named the Woman Business Leader of the Year this week by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. “Sharon Rudnick has long been a leader in Eugene, contributing mightily to the business community, to the legal community, to the Jewish community, and to helping some of the other important organizations in Eugene [...]