Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP RSS Feed Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Long Named National Law Journal Cryptocurrency "Trailblazer"<p style="text-align: justify;">Partner Rob Long has been named to <i>The National Law Journal&rsquo;s</i> inaugural &ldquo;Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazer&rdquo; list. Published as a special supplement to the September issue of <i>The National Law Journal</i>, the list features 45 attorneys across the United States who have, <span>&ldquo;&rsquo;moved the needle&rsquo; in facilitating [cryptocurrency, blockchain and FinTech] technologies and digital currencies.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Long&rsquo;s &ldquo;Pioneer Spirit&rdquo; section details his introduction to cryptocurrency, telling how a client tapped his experience and insight as a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorney for help in better understanding the applicability of the federal securities laws to cryptocurrencies. Once exposed to the technology, he &ldquo;immediately recognized tremendous potential in this emerging area.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In terms of &ldquo;Trails Blazed,&rdquo; Long has represented ICO issuers, both foreign and domestic, in government investigations and has helped turn imminent enforcement actions into productive dialogues with regulators. His profile notes that clients value his &ldquo;insider&rdquo; perspective, having spent time not just with the SEC, but also with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). &ldquo;He leveraged his former government experience to help his clients understand both the law and the optics of how a regulator would view the technology, business and offering.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The profile also notes that Long &ldquo;has conducted a complex investigation relating to multiple allegations of misconduct at a crypto-focused company, advised clients on exchange regulation issues and AML compliance matters and represented harmed crypto-investors.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Looking at &ldquo;Future Expectations&rdquo; for cryptocurrency, Long predicts that regulatory scrutiny will continue to increase and that there is an ever-increasing chance that &ldquo;good people and companies could get caught up in the action.&rdquo; Long stressed that it is important to &ldquo;challenge the government to ensure it doesn&rsquo;t go beyond the law.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To view Long&rsquo;s profile in <i>The National Law Journal</i>&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech&rdquo; list, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Eun Jennice Lee Featured on Attorney At Law<p>Associate Sang Eun Jennice Lee is featured on <a href=""><em>Attorney At Law</em></a> magazine as part of its &quot;Talk of the Town&quot; section.</p>News25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Nardiello Profiled on The Texas Lawbook<p style="text-align: justify;">Partner Jason S. Nardiello is profiled in <i>The Texas Lawbook</i> article titled, &ldquo;Bell Nunnally Adds IP Partner During Move-In Week.&rdquo; Nardiello <a href="">recently</a> joined the firm from Barclay Damon LLP, where he was also a partner.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the article, Nardiello notes that both professional and personal reasons drove his cross-country move from Syracuse, N.Y. to the Metroplex: &ldquo;the Texas economy has been booming and trademark attorneys should be around areas of great commerce as growing companies have a need for trademark services.&rdquo; He added, &ldquo;my family and I also decided to move away from the snowy Central New York area to the much warmer climate of Texas to permanently settle.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With an Intellectual Property practice focused on trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, Nardiello&rsquo;s client base includes blue-chip companies and brands such as Armani, Subaru and Epson.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Asked about IP trends, Nardiello noted that the U.S. Supreme Court&rsquo;s 2017 decision in <i>Matal v. Tam</i> regarding so-called &ldquo;disparaging&rdquo; trademarks did not fully settle the issue of whether such marks can be registered, although &ndash; as part of a suite of cases leading to <i>Tam </i>&ndash; the Washington NFL team&rsquo;s &ldquo;Redskins&rdquo; mark has been allowed to stand, for now. He commented, &ldquo;in all, the Redskins were able to keep their mark on First-Amendment grounds but the USPTO is still dragging their feet with respect to allowing &lsquo;disparaging&rsquo; marks to register.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bell Nunnally is growing its Intellectual Property practice with the recent additions of Nardiello, Partner Jeffrey A. Tinker and attorney <a href="">Jennice Lee</a>. The firm has a broad range of IP capabilities, including patent prosecution, licensing and acquisition, as well as strategic counsel regarding trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The group also offers extensive IP litigation services, including: licensing disputes and patent infringement litigation involving complex technologies; copyright and trademark infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims; as well as false claims; Lanham Act claims; unfair business practices; and internet related claims such as domain name disputes, cybersquatting and internet security.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To read the full article (subscription required), please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Eun "Jennice" Lee Joins Bell Nunnally's IP Practice<p style="text-align: justify;">Sang Eun &ldquo;Jennice&rdquo; Lee has joined Bell Nunnally as an associate and member of its Intellectual Property practice group. Previously with Barclay Damon LLP in its Syracuse, N.Y. office, Lee counsels and represents major international and domestic clients in their trademark and copyright portfolio management, including trademark and copyright filings, clearance searches, enforcement and <i>ex parte</i> appeals before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also handles opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as takedown procedures involving copyright and trademark claims on social media. Lee joins partners <a href="">Jason Nardiello</a> and Jeffrey Tinker as new additions in the past three months to Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s growing IP practice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lee is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 2014) and Emory University (B.A., <i>Summa Cum Laude</i>, 2010) and is fluent in Korean.</p>News20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Bowers Quoted in Dallas Morning News<div style="text-align: justify;">Partner Mike Bowers is quoted in the <a href=""><em>Dallas Morning News</em></a> article titled, &quot;Starpower co-founder Daniel Pidgeon sues his family, saying they forced him out.&quot; Bowers is representing Daniel Pidgeon in $5 million lawsuit against Pidgeon's family and Starpower, alleging wrongful termination and breach of corporate bylaws.</div>News19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Iya Featured on Attorney At Law<div style="text-align: justify;">Associate Stephen Iya is featured on <a href=""><em>Attorney At Law Magazine</em></a> as part of its &quot;Talk of the Town&quot; section for joining the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice.</div>News19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally's Danica Mathes Member of 2018-2019 Business Council for the Arts Leadership Arts Institute<p style="text-align: justify;">Bell Nunnally Partner Danica L. Mathes has been accepted into the Leadership Arts Institute (LAI), Class of 2018-2019 in Dallas County. LAI is a program of the Business Council for Arts &ndash; a Dallas-based non-profit focused on creating strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow. Through Leadership Arts, Mathes will be exposed to arts and cultural organizations throughout the North Texas region, learning more about their missions and the challenges they face &ndash; exploring ways to optimize strategic planning, marketing, fundraising and legal compliance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of LAI&rsquo;s 2018-2019 class, Mathes will attend 10 seminars led by expert speakers and take part in a community-focused annual project. At the program&rsquo;s conclusion, she will have the option of being matched to serve on a local nonprofit board of directors. To learn more about LAI, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mathes is a branding and creativity attorney, heads the firm&rsquo;s Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Advertising and New Media practice areas, and has been listed in <i>Best Lawyers in America&reg;</i> each year since 2007. Some of the most well-known national and international brands and biggest names in entertainment have trusted Mathes with their creative assets and brand reputation. She has represented Grammy-winning recording artists, songwriters and producers, Oscar-nominated filmmakers, authors whose books regularly appear on <i>The New York Times</i> Best Sellers list, independent record labels and music publishers, amateur and professional athletes, reality television show participants, mobile app and game developers, e-commerce, interactive media and startup ventures, as well as international food, beverage, toy, cosmetics, fashion, literary publishing, retail and traditional media companies. <span>Visit her I'M WITH THE B(R)AND&reg; blog at <a href=""></a>.</span></p>News19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Mentioned in the Dallas Morning News Nunnally is mentioned in the <a href=""><em>Dallas Morning News</em></a> article titled, &quot;Downtown Dallas' cheaper rents are luring businesses from Uptown and the burbs.&quot;&nbsp;News17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Pidgeon Files $5M Suit against Brothers, Starpower, Alleging Wrongful Termination, Breach of Corporate Bylaws<div style="text-align: center;"><em>Ousted Starpower CFO Summarily Dismissed </em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Daniel M. Pidgeon, one of the largest shareholders of Dallas-based Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc., has filed suit in the District Court, Judicial District, Dallas County, Texas, alleging that his brothers Michael A. Pidgeon, David K. Pidgeon and Steven D. Pidgeon; his father Barry E. Pidgeon; along with Starpower&rsquo;s acting Chief Operating Officer Tom Schurr, engaged in a host of unlawful practices, including wrongful termination and defamation, actions preceded by a willful violation of corporate bylaws. (Case: 27513701; Envelope Number: 27513701)<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Companies are duty-bound by their bylaws &ndash; whether their shareholders are family, friends or business associates. What occurred within this shareholder group is a total disregard for corporate governance accompanied by deliberate defamation and disparagement,&rdquo; said Bell Nunnally Partner Mikel J. Bowers, attorney for Daniel Pidgeon.<br /> <br /> Daniel Pidgeon&rsquo;s complaint, a copy of which can be viewed <a href="/27F299/assets/files/Documents/2018-09-14 Plaintiff_s Original Petition.pdf">here</a>, is brought on eight counts, including wrongful breach of contract and termination, defamation and business disparagement, breach of corporate bylaws, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate waste and conspiracy, and seeks compensation of $5M.<br /> <br /> Media Contact:<br /> Brittany Lewis<br /> Marketing Manager<br /> 214-880-6661<br /></div> <br />Press Releases17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Secures Major Jury Verdict for Dallas Food Exporter<p style="text-align: justify;">Bell Nunnally recently secured a favorable outcome for defendant Bespoke Group, LLC and its sole owner and member Divyesh Patel in a jury trial before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division in a case brought by HostingExtreme Ventures LLC involving allegations of fraud. Bespoke Group is a Dallas-based processor and exporter of dried pulses, including lentils, peas, chickpeas and other bean crops.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">HostingExtreme accused Bespoke Group and Patel of making fraudulent representations and inducing Prosper Trade(a company that sold its claim to HostingExtreme) to enter into a contract to ship 180 metric tons of dried green peas, alleging that Patel did not have the peas or the ability to execute the contract. Bespoke Group countered that the peas were unable to ship due to extreme weather in 2013 affecting railroads in the U.S. After a two-day trial and only 10 minutes of deliberation, the jury rejected Prosper&rsquo;s argument, finding in favor of Bespoke Group.<s><br /> </s></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Bell Nunnally defense team for Bespoke Group was composed of: lead counsel <span>Jeffrey S. Lowenstein</span>&nbsp;partner&nbsp;Karen L. Hart&nbsp;and&nbsp;associate&nbsp;Saba F. Syed.</p>News12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800