21 Gallivan White Boyd attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers® list

    21 Gallivan White Boyd attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers® list Gallivan White Boyd is pleased to announce that 21 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. “For more than a third of the century,” says CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer […]

Cuttino Interviewed by National Public Radio

                                            John Cuttino Interviewed by National Public Radio John Cuttino, president of DRI, a national association of defense attorneys, and a [...]

” Doctor Law”

Image TLA 2017 Chris Kelly

It is my distinct pleasure to announce this year’s recipient
of the Distinguished Service Award. This recipient
joined the TLA in 2001. Prior to joining the Association,
the recipient went to undergraduate school at a University
in the Midwest known for its football prowess. While
the recipient attended undergrad, the football team had
a record of 40-8-1. Apparently, the recipient grew tired
of football, because he attended an ACC school for law
school. This school’s basketball team had a record of 97
wins and 31 losses.

Gallivan White Boyd Congratulates Attorney Chris Kelly Winner of TLA Distinguished Service Award

Kelly New HS Med 4-29-14

Charlotte, N.C. – Gallivan White Boyd attorney, Chris Kelly has long been committed to his practice area of Commercial Transportation [...]

Senate approves new South Carolina Ethics Commission members

COLUMBIA — After more than two months without having a state Ethics Commission, the Senate on Tuesday approved eight new members [...]

Winning Huge Against Trespass to Chattel and Unfair Trade Practice Claims in a Transportation Contract Dispute, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 28-30, April 2017.

In July of 2016 the United States IDistrict Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Statesville Division, granted a motor carrier’s motion to dismiss two counterclaims asserting trespass to chattel and Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices brought by a former customer in a breach of transportation contract case.


The Ins and Outs of Non-Compete Agreements

Employment Contract

According to a March, 2016, U.S. Department of the Treasury report, nearly 30 million workers are covered by a non-compete agreement.[i] These workers run the gamut from CEOs to sandwich makers.[ii] It is important for firms and individuals to understand the importance of these clauses and to enter into agreements knowing what is expected and required of them if the employee were ever to leave. Further, when an employee does leave, the new (hiring) employer, the employee, and the former employer all have important factors to consider.

Technology Insights: Practically and Ethically Preserving Internet and Social Media Evidence

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Over a decade ago, lawyers first discovered the internet’s hidden gems which might aid them in the defense of claims brought against their clients. These days, it’s rare for a seminar or conference to be without a session on search engine techniques or war stories relating to such finds. These days, the notion that lawyers should employ such searches in their cases is now both conventional wisdom and common sense. However, as law departments and their outside counsel have become more adept at locating online evidence, state bars and local bars have begun to offer guidance on the ethics of such things. Accordingly, although the conferences and seminars continue to focus on the quest for impeachment material, lawyers should also consider the ethics of their searches and strategies to prevent an opposing party’s spoilation of such evidence.

Legal Trend: Level Insurance for Attorneys

Lay New Bio HS 12-5-13

GWB attorney and current IADC President John T. Lay, Jr. was recently quoted in an article concerning a growing trend in the legal profession: Level Insurance.  Level Insurance reimburses an attorney for out-of-pocket expenses, such as expert witnesses and trial presentation costs, if the attorney takes a case on contingency and loses at trial.

Mutton Busting in the Trademark Rodeo: How New Markets and New Media Emphasize Relevance of Trademark Protection

Vanderbloemen Webpage Bio HS 10-7-13

I just returned from what literally was my first rodeo.  In this case, it was the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, billed as the largest rodeo in the world, complete with deep fried cookie dough and bacon, steer wrestling and bull riding, and mutton busting (more on that later).  What does all of this have to do with trademark law?  For starters, the term “brand” is said to originate from livestock owners imprinting their herds with hot branding iron to show the symbols of their respective ranches.

More recently, however, as new products, business lines, and market trends emerge and develop, trademark law is starting to resemble the rough-and-tumble world of Western settlers of the 1800s, who moved to stake their claims to new land on the frontier…