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Charles Ray conducts lunch-and-learn session for Associated Builders and Contractors

On Wednesday, June 23, 2014, Charles Ray provided a lunch-and-learn seminar to the North Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors about the basics of Alabama lien law.

Tax Developments 2014

On July 15, 2014, the Tax Practice Group and the Corporate Services Practice Group provided a continuing professional education (CPE) opportunity for certified public accountants. Here are copies of the presentations made at the seminar:

Lanier Ford law librarian provides continuing legal education on research

On July 9, 2014, John Hightower, the firm’s law librarian, provided a continuing legal education program for Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association entitled Top Legal Research Errors.

David Canupp speaks at SHRM meeting in Muscle Shoals

On June 12, 2014, David Canupp delivered the 2014 Employment Law Update to the Shoals Chapter Society of Human Resources Management’s 19th Annual Human Resource Management Conference.

Terry Bynum speak about franchising as bar meeting

June 11, 2014, Terry Bynum delivered a continuing legal education program on franchising for the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association.

Pendergrass and Jenkins speak to Estate Planning Council

On December 10, 2013, Clark Pendergrass and Corey Jenkins spoke at a meeting of the Financial and Estate Planing Council of Huntsville. Mr. Pendergrass provided spoke about the Affordable Care Act and Mr. Jenkins spoke about equity incentives.

Gipson provides lunch-and-learn session about
organizational conflicts of interest in government contracts

On October 24, 2013, Dale Gipson lead a lunch-and-learn session for local business owners interested in organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs) in government contracts. The presentation explained the dangers of OCIs for Government contractors and recommended strategies to guard against those dangers.

Gipson provides lunch-and-learn session about subcontracting and government contracts

On September 19, 2013, Dale Gipson lead a lunch-and-learn session for local business owners interested in government contracts and subcontracts. The presentation addressed teaming agreements, negotiating and managing subcontracts, joint ventures, and various small-business issues.

Marsden and Gipson speak at Rocket City GovCon

On September 12, 2013, Rich Marsden and Dale Gipson spoke at the 2013 Rocket City GovCon. Mr. Marsden spoke on managing government contracts and subcontracts and Mr. Gispon on the latest developments in bid protests.

Gipson provides lunch-and-learn session about bid protests

On August 22, 2013, Dale Gipson lead a lunch-and-learn session for local business owners interested in the latest developments in bid protests in government contracting. The presentation identified the latest trends in bid protests, provided an overview of how the process works, and suggested ways to “win” protests.

Tax Developments 2013

On July 25, 2013, the Tax Practice Group and the Corporate Services Practice Group provided a continuing professional education (CPE) opportunity for certified public accountants. Here are copies of the presentations made at the seminar:

Update on state-agent immunity of school boards and their employees

On June 22, 2013, Taylor Brooks addressed the summer conference of the Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys to provide an updated on state-agent immunity of school boards and their employees.

Hot topics in education law

On April 23, 2013, Woody Sanderson spoke to the Huntsville-Madison County Masters Leadership Class. The class consisted of 32 members who are engaged in a year-long examination of various public-policy issues of importance to the community. The presentation focused on the recently adopted Alabama Accountability Act by which parents may receive tax credits to assist with transfer of their children from failing public schools to non-failing public or private schools.

Surviving the alphabet soup of employment laws

On March 5, 2013, Jamie Brabston presented a seminar about the top-10 compliance issues for employment law during 2013. Topics included—

  1. PPACA:   New health-care deadlines you must meet this year.
  2. FLSA:   Beware misclassification of your employees.
  3. ADAAA:  Not your parents’ ADA.
  4. OSHA:  Are you posting information about job-related injuries?
  5. FMLA:  New rules coming.
  6. USERRA:  You can terminate an employee covered by USERRA, but . . . .
  7. OFCCP:  Is your affirmative action program up to snuff?
  8. GINA:  The final rule is here.
  9. NLRB:  It’s not over until the U.S. Supreme Court sings.
  10. E-Verify:  Yes, Virginia, you must E-Verify your new hires.

Download a copy of the presentation.

Article published about Alabama Open Meeting Act

William Sanderson’s article entitled “Abide by the Spirit of the Open Meetings Law” has been published in the winter 2012 edition of Alabama Schools Boards, the official publication of the Alabama Association of School Boards, which holds the copyright on the article.

David Canupp conducts seminar about the new ADA guidelines (ADAAG)

On December 4, 2012, David Canupp of the Lanier Ford law firm and Paul Matheny, AIA, of Matheny Goldmon Architects hosted a lunch-and-learn seminar about accessibility lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Public entities and businesses across north Alabama have been increasingly targeted in these lawsuits over the past few years, and there is reason to believe more litigation is coming. Mr. Canupp’s presentation was ADA Accessibility Guidelines: Are You in Compliance?

Clark Pendergrass participates in seminar for government contractors

On November 8, 2012, Clark Pendergrass participated in a lunch-and-learn program about hot topics for government contractors. Mr. Clark’s topic was sequestration and terminations for convenience.

Jamie Brabston speaks at seminar on employment for individuals with disabilities

On October 23, 2012, Jamie Brabston spoke at a seminar on employing individuals with disabilities. The seminar was organized by the Madison City Disability Advocacy Board. Her subject was Significant Developments Since Enactment of the ADAAA. She also discussed a proposal by the Office of Federal Control Compliance Programs that would establish hiring quotas for individuals with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Building your business through successful government contracting

On September 26, 2012, Lanier Ford hosted a seminar sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and others about Building Your Business Through Successful Government Contracting. Here are copies of the presentations made at the seminar:

The seminar was sponsored by—

  • Program for Investment in Micro Entrepreneurs (PRIME), Alabama A&M University
    For more information, or call Eric Ohene-Nyako, Program Manager, at or 256-372-8667.
  • Advanced Defense Technology Initiative, Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.

Tax Developments 2012

On July 18 and 25, 2012, the Tax Practice Group and the Corporate Services Practice Group provided a continuing professional education (CPE) opportunity for certified public accountants. Here are copies of the presentations made at the seminar:

Presentation before meeting on Alabama Association of School Boards

On June 23, 2012, J. R. Brooks delivered a presentation about the pitfalls of open meetings and open records before the summer 2012 conference of the Alabama Association of School Boards.

Article about workers’ compensation

Ed Starnes’ article entitled “My Aching Back: An Employer’s Obligation under Workers’ Compensation Laws for Pre-Existing Back Conditions” has been published in the summer 2012 edition of the OHG Standard, published by the Occupational Health Group, a service provided by Huntsville Hospital and Decatur General Hospital.

Workshop about government contracting

On May 3 and again on June 21, Lanier Ford attorney participated in an all-day workshop entitled Building Your Business Through Successful Government Contracting. The seminar included the following presentations:

The seminar was sponsored by—

  • Program for Investment in Micro Entrepreneurs (PRIME), Alabama A&M University
    For more information, or call Eric Ohene-Nyako, Program Manager, at or 256-372-8667.
  • Advanced Defense Technology Initiative, Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.

Presentation about bid protests in government contracting

On April 6, 2012, J. Dale Gipson with the Lanier Ford Technology Practice Group, presented a lunch-and-learn program about federal government contracts: Bid Protests: When To Protest and How To Win.

Presentation about immigration and employment law

On February 29, 2012, Sterling Education Services conducted an an all-day seminar on labor and employment law. David Canupp of our firm presented the section on immigration law compliance, addressing such subjects as the e-verify program, I-9 audits, and the effects of the new Alabama immigration bill. The seminar was designed for supervisors, managers, and human resources personnel. Download a copy of the slides from the presentation.

Article about immigration and the law

David Canupp’s article entitled “Will the New Alabama Immigration Law Result in a Loss of Federal Funding to Alabama Schools?” has been published in the fall 2011 edition of Alabama Schools Boards, the official publication of the Alabama Association of School Boards, which holds the copyright on the article.

Workers’ compensation attorneys provide lunch-and-learn program on current developments

On November 16 and 17, 2010, Ed Starnes, Tom Robinson, Claude Hundley, and Rod Lewis provided a lunch-and-learn program on current developments in workers’ compensation law. The program covered recent developments with—

  • Notice of claims.
  • Willful conduct and violation of safety rules.
  • Impairment by illegal drugs.
  • Waiver of right to select authorized treating physician.
  • Right to two panel selections.
  • Retaliatory discharge.

Download a PDF copy of the handout.

Presentation about SBA 8(a) Program

On April 15, 2010, Dale Gipson of the Lanier Ford Technology Practice Group, presented a lunch-and-learn program. The subject of the program was the The Legal Aspects of Owning and 8(a) Firm and addressed the following topics:

  • Overview of the 8(a) program (once you’re in it).
  • Responsibilities.
  • Ways out of program.
  • Termination.

What’s new in special education?

On February 9, 2010, Rodney Lewis presented a program for the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools. His program was What’s New in Special Education and Section 504.

Intellectual property licensing strategies

On December 8, 2009, George Kobler, one of the firm’s registered patent attorneys, hosted a Lunch with Lanier program. His topic was intellectual property licensing strategies.

Alabama Due-Process Decisions: How Are Alabama Hearing Officers Ruling?

On October 6, 2009, Rod Lewis spoke at the 2009 State Conference of the Council of Alabama Special Educators. The title of his presentation was “Alabama Due-Process Decisions: How Are Alabama Hearing Officers Ruling?”

Fee shifting in federal court cases

George Royer and David Canupp have authored an article about fee shifting in federal court cases. The article was published in the May 20, 2009, edition of Governmental Liability, published by the Defense Research Institute (DRI).