Happy Valentines Day! If you are in search of a perfect last minute gift for him or her, make sure to check out lexblog.com (mostly joking). Since our last “New to the Network” post, we have welcomed two new clients while launching ten new blogs.

  • LexBlog would like to give a warm welcome to Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz who has now joined the network with the creation of Focus On The Data. Frankfurt-based out of NYC started as a boutique firm focusing on the entertainment industry but has now grown to become a full-service firm. Focus On The Data is authored by Frankfurts privacy and data security team, and provides insights and practical guidance on complex information privacy matters through every stage of the cycle.
  • Also new to the network, we have CJ Lee & Associates with the Indian Law Blog. CJ also known as Calvin Lee Jr., focuses his practice on supporting Native Americans in their varied endeavors.
  • Third, the Health Care Law Observer from the Boyce Law Firm out Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Observer will not only cover regional health care updates but legal alerts at the federal level as well. Kudos to attorney Tommy Johnson, who has led Boyce in increasing their online presence with their second blog.
  • Next, we have New Nuclear from Hogan Lovells, a blog following the legal and regulatory developments shaping the future of advanced nuclear reactor industry. LexBlog has always said find a niche topic, and this is about as niche as it gets with not very many nuclear law blogs out there.
  • Property taxes in Minnesota are based on real estate values, making the laws surrounding the taxes complicated and nuanced. So in comes the Minnesota Property Tax Review by Larkin Hoffman.
  • Ballard Spahr has launched Money Laundering Watch – ‘Insights and news on the world of financial corruption’, a blog focused on covering the latest news and developments in the area. I’m excited to the see content MLW churns out as Ballard Spahr’s other finance related blog, “CFPB Monitor” led by Barbara Mishkin, is recognized as an ABA Journal Top 100 Blawg.
  • Next up we have another financial services blog in The FinTech Report by Perkins Coie. The blog covers everything fintech from pre-seed startups to complex multinational organizations.
  • And yet another financial services blog, Dykema has launched the NextGen Financial Services Report. NextGen sums up why we are seeing so many finance related blogs, saying “The Financial Services Industry has gone through a tremendous amount of regulatory and operational IT change in recent years, and with a new presidential administration more changes and developments are on the way.”
  • Just in time for tax season. McNeese Wallace & Nurick LLC out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is starting up the Adding Value – ‘McNees PA Tax Blog.
  • Lastly, Robinson+Cole is continuing to grow their blogging network with the addition of the ERISA Claim Defense Blog. They now have ten total blogs and have quickly launched two in the new year.

At LexBlog, we recently welcomed ten new blogs to the network spanning from Data Privacy to Family Businesses. If the trend continues, 2017 will be a big year for law firms and blogging, as we see more firms continually moving away from the traditional newsletter and legal alerts.

  • Be sure to check out the Data Privacy & Security Observer from Balch & Bingham LLP. Joining what is a thriving community of blogs in the area, this publication takes aim at keeping companies apprised of the latest and biggest data risks.
  • Davis Polk’s new blog Tax Reform and Transition covers the latest developments in tax reform, as well as shedding light on the background and context in which tax reforms will be considered. Given one-party control of the government and big campaign promises by President Donald Trump, tax reform seems to be one of the top priorities for the 115th Congress.
  • In the midst of President Donald Trump turning his company over to his sons, Murtha Cullina LLP launched their Family Business Perspectives blog. In the blog’s first post, editor Michael Connolly summed up the publication by saying, “This Blog is designed to identify and comment on common legal issues and current cases and developments that affect family-owned and controlled businesses.”
  • Attorney Barry Seidel launched the Probate and Estates Blog. Barry has been running his own law practice since 1982, starting out as a general practitioner and moving on to probate matters. He says “Most (probate) cases involve three questions, which are: 1. Is there a Will or not? 2. Is the situation friendly or unfriendly? 3. Are you the person who will be handling the Estate or a person affected by the handling of the Estate.”
  • The Fiduciary Advisor by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP offers an online resource covering emerging and new developments in laws and news affecting trust and estate administration as well as estate planning.
  • Perform Law, a management consulting firm, is now offering advice to small and mid-size firms on their Law Firm Management Concepts blog. They’ll be posting “detailed analysis and advice for putting concepts into practice.”
  • Education & Public Agency Law Blog by Ball Janik attorneys, reports on the “legal topics affecting real property developments and construction for school districts, universities, and public agencies.”
  • From McCarthy Tétrault we have the International Arbitration Blog, where their practice team will discuss recent court and arbitration decisions that deal with complicated and important issues as well as new and applicable legislation in relevant jurisdictions, and commentary on new rules or procedures provided or adopted by arbitral bodies.
  • Robinson+Cole launched their 9th blog, Health Law Diagnosis, “Monitoring the Pulse of Health Care and Life Sciences.” The blog will be covering a wide range of health care matters, ranging from Medicare to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Lastly, we have Immigration Edge from Lane Powell which offers insight not only to individuals but regional, national, and international corporations seeking immigration advice.

 

Last new blog dispatch before the holiday week—everyone got all the gift cards and Turbo Man action figures they need? Well we’ve got one more treat before you jet off for whatever holiday festivities are coming your way: new blogs joining the Network!

  • From the Boyce Law Firm we have the Work Comp & Employment Law Insight joining us this week. Employment is already a tricky subject to navigate, let alone the complication of workers’ comp, but the team at Boyce is at the ready to help simplify it, bringing all their knowledge and expertise to this area.
  • And this week Troutman Sanders launched their new Tobacco Law Blog, a unique and holistic legal blog discussing all the issues arising in the tobacco industry. As one of the most scrutinized industries in the world, tobacco companies face constant legal challenges in a variety of ways, and this blog is poised to help simplify those dealings.
  • Last but certainly not least: It Pays to be Covered, focused on developments and trends in insurance coverage for commercial policyholders. Written by lawyers at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, the blog will touch on a variety of topics from industry trends in property and casualty insurance to the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures.

Oof—it’s getting pretty chilly here in Seattle. Those of us who are bike commuters are stuck bundling up and then hoping that the downhills don’t result in too much biting wind. Luckily, those of us who are bike commuters and work at LexBlog have the fire of new blogs to keep us warm. This week we’ve got some great ones, so let’s get to it:

  • Coming up from Squire Patton Boggs is the brand new Latin American Legal blog, which will follow recent legal and political changes affecting the Latin America region. Along with that they’ll be providing insight on the potential challenges and opportunities those changes can present to global businesses, as well as to Latin American firms looking to invest or expand abroad.
  • This week also saw Troutman Sanders launch their new Renewable Energy Insights blog! Be sure to check here if you’re looking for the world of analysis of recent news and developments affecting the renewable energy industry.
  • And from the Kean Miller team we have Everything IP Under One Digital Roof, whose name describes it pretty aptly. Their team will provide counseling on how to best obtain and protect proprietary assets and represents clients in infringement litigation or other types of disputes involving intellectual property.

As you can tell from that hefty title, we’ve got quite the roaster today. All of the blogs you see are top notch, but some of them are actually hold overs from previous months—due to soft launches or my own absence. But now they’re all ready at the bat, and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you:

  • Jerry Kalish launched his second blog, The Compliance Ready Blog, this October. He’ll be looking specifically at the unique set of compliance requirements and challenges happening with the ACA, and no doubt he’ll do it with all the piercing insight he did on his first blog, The Retirement Plan Blog.
  • From McCarthy Tétrault we have the Vestra Vox blog, a new space they’ve created online for law students across Canada to share their thoughts and analyses on all things legal. Should be a great blog with wide-reaching takes on the issues.
  • Next up is the Environmental Law & Policy Monitor from the team at Troutman Sanders. With environmental law, policy, and landscape constantly changing, this blog is more important than ever.
  • Davis Wright Tremaine brings another blog to life with their West Coast Comm Law Advisor. It’ll be focusing on the ever-shifting communications regulatory landscape in the western states, with all you need in practical guidance.
  • Fox Rothschild sees their already expansive blogging empire grow even bigger with the Lone Star Bench & Bar blog. Check in here if you’ve ever had thoughts, questions, or concerns about being a litigator in the state of Texas, especially in the 21st century.
  • Up next from Covington is the Cov Financial Services blog. They’re a leading U.S. practice on financial institutions, and now they’re ready to share their insights on all types of regulatory, enforcement, transactional, and consumer protection matters.
  • If you’re involved in the grants community you can’t miss Venable‘s new Government Grants Resource Library. They’re aiming to make this site your go-to resource for any questions that may arise, and it seems like they’re already a one-stop-shop, er, library of information.
  • And last but certainly not least is the latest blog from the team at Seyfarth Shaw, the Carpe Datum Law blog. These eDiscovery attorneys hope to help everyone from executives to in-house counsel regarding the latest developments, trends, tools, best practices, and discussions around eDiscovery and information guidance.

Welcome to Friday—you made it! And now, on to the weekend. But first, check out the new blogs hitting LXBN this week. Then be sure to schedule yourself time to read them over Thanksgiving weekend. Kidding! Read them beforehand:

  • The team at Ortiz and Schick launched the Fair Housing Issues Review. They’re ready and able to offer property managers and owners insight and assistance in navigating through the various fair housing matters they encounter, especially as it relates to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Securities Law Exchange is the latest blog from the Bass, Berry & Sims firm. Be sure to check here if you’re ever looking for commentary and practical insight on SEC updates for publicly traded companies.
  • And last, but not least, King, Krebs & Jurgens have launched the Offshore Winds blog. This blog will encompass the vastness of the lawyers’ experience within the marine and maritime business, from oil and gas exploration to insurers and financial institutions doing business in these industries.

That title’s really a mouthful huh? But for the best of reasons: We’ve got a whole lot of new blogs joining the LexBlog Network! Hope your blogroll is ready for more, because here they are:

  • Tax Precision, from León Fernando Del Canto. One of the two tax blogs we’re rolling out today, and your new number one resource for all things tax related, from international taxation to M&A.
  • Hunton & Williams launched The Nickel Report, bringing their blog count to five! The Nickel Report will be focusing on bringing readers the latest trends and developments in energy and environmental law, named for the dedication and leadership of Henry Nickel.
  • From the team at Viking Advocates, LLC we have the Hague Law Blog, which is “here to make your life as a lawyer just a little bit easier.” They’ll do that by providing cutting wit and insight into the murky world of transnational litigation.
  • And Fox Rothschild success with blogs continues with their Tax Controversy Sentinel, their 35th blog! Focused on all the latest developments in tax controversy matters—including criminal tax investigations and prosecutions, civil tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service including audits, appeals, and collection matters, as well as tax litigation in the U.S.—no doubt this will be as invaluable a resource as their other 34 are.
  • Freeborn launched their Environmental Law Next, a new blog that will be reporting on the evolving field of environmental law. The next 5-10 years will be crucial for climate change—happy to have a team like Freeborn on the watchdog team.
  • And from the team at Troutman Sanders, we’ve got the HR Law Matters blog. This long established blog is joining the LexBlog Network to share their insights on human resources, something that matters to every employer and employee.

Another full week over here at LexBlog! We had some great blog launches this week, and so before you head off for the weekend, check out the latest blogs to hit the LexBlog Network:

  • From the team at Fenwick & West, there’s the new Between the Parties blog, dedicated to issues that spring up around inter partes (IPR). Check here if you’re interested in substantive updates, insights, and practice tips related to IPR proceedings.
  • And Fox Rothschild‘s blogging empire continues to grow with the addition of the Above the Fold blog. With this latest blog, focusing on trends and developments in the law of advertising and trademarks, the firm’s number of blogs grows to 35.

Well over here in Seattle we’re ready to get our typical Fall weekend started: Clouds, falling leaves, and catching up on what we’ve missed during all that Clio coverage. Speaking of, don’t miss this week’s new to the LexBlog Network blogs:

  • Squire Patton Boggs launches another blog, this time dedicated to any and all sports-related legal developments. If you’re interested in any issues that touch on the varied intersection of sports and law, check out their Sports Shorts blog.
  • And from the team at Cohen Seglias we have A Closer Look: Internal Investigations. The firm, with their sophisticated internal investigations practice, knows the applicability of legal privileges, and promises to assist in conducting comprehensive internal investigations in order to discreetly uncover the truth so that our clients can make informed and legally defensible decisions.

Well over in Seattle we’ve had a bizarrely warm week, though possibly not even the nation’s warmest. Unfortunately (or, depending on your level of Seattleite, very fortunately) the rain will be back this weekend. But before we go bundle up for it, let’s review the new and exciting blogs hitting the network this week:

  • Think Tank of Three was created by Emily Feeny, business development manager at Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, LLP; Julie Holton, marketing director at Fraser Trebilcock; and LexBlog’s own Audrea Fink. After they met at LMA and became fast friends, they decided to start a blog exploring their different perspectives and ideas around legal marketing.
  • Also joining LXBN this week is the cleverly titled Not Safe For Work blog, from the crew at Kelley, Drye, & Warren. For all things focused insight and analysis on occupational health and safety, look no further than the Not Safe For Work blog (and don’t worry, it’s safe for work internet).
  • From the team at Jones Walker we’ve got the Disaster Prep & Recovery blog, dedicated to providing timely insights and updates on recent local, state and federal developments focused on assisting individuals and companies impacted by a disaster. This is exactly the type of blog that’s perennially evergreen and perfect for carving out a niche.
  • And last but definitely not least we have Baker Hostetler‘s disputes.global blog. Focused on a number of international high stakes—including litigation, arbitration, and more—this brings the firm’s total blog count to a prodigious 16.