Entries by Jay Clark

Getting Your Mediation Off the Ground

By William  A. Ratliff Have you ever been involved in a mediation that ended before it started? I have. I don’t mean literally, but I do mean one that never gets past the first round of demand and offer. In one sense, conducting a mediation is like flying a plane: It’s not going anywhere if […]

Mediation As A Tool For Minimizing Risk

By William  A. Ratliff “You’ve got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em.” –Kenny Rogers For most people, risk is a four-letter word. It’s something lawyers deal with every day. You’re paid to minimize, evaluate, and know when risk is worth taking. When you draft a contract, your client expects you […]

New OSHA Requirements for Employer-Mandated COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing

By Michael L. Jackson   OSHA released the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all OSHA-covered employers with 100 or more employees to have employees vaccinated or tested weekly. Employers must comply with it by December 5, 2021, except for testing of unvaccinated employees. Testing of the unvaccinated must start by January 4, 2022. Here is […]

Clark Hammond Elected to Board of USA Swimming as At-Large Director

We are pleased to congratulate our attorney Clark Hammond for being elected as 1 of only 3 newly elected members of the USA Swimming Board of Directors, in the capacity of At-Large Director.   Clark has previous experience serving on the USA Swimming board, is a certified National Championship Referee, served as a FINA referee […]

Competitive Advantage? “Professional Exemptions” to Non-Compete Agreements in Alabama

By William Stewart & Tom McKnight “There are multitudes of businesses, but few professions.” So declared the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals in a decision from 1980. Generally speaking, professionals are exempt from the acceptable restraints of non-compete agreements as governed by Alabama’s restrictive covenant law. Yet who counts as a professional in the state? […]

Wallace Jordan Attorneys Recognized by 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Several Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt attorneys have been recognized in the 28th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2022 in the practice areas of Corporate, Tax, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Construction, Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Reorganization, Family, Health Care and Insurance Law; as well as Commercial, Bankruptcy & Construction Litigation, Criminal Defense, Mediation, […]

Ask Wallace Jordan: Construction Contracts—Payment and Non-Payment

By Clark R. Hammond A clear, comprehensive, and unambiguous contract is vitally important for contractors and subcontractors engaged in the business of construction to negotiate and execute.   There is a lot on the line in large, expensive (and lucrative) projects. Schedules for completion of work, payment, licensing requirements, conditions related to potential delays, remedies […]

You Can’t Own an Idea: An Intellectual Property Primer

By William B. Stewart, Sally S. Reilly and Laura M. Jackman Imagine this: You are walking down the street one day when a fit of genius comes to you. What if I create a 7-inch-long stick with a row of bristles attached to it that people can use to clean their teeth and freshen their […]