First Steps in Responding to a Data Breach Emergency

Okay, the breaking glass part is for dramatic effect and is optional.  However, once the specter  of a data breach rears its ugly head, your company should  immediately retain breach counsel before it hires cyber security and forensics firms to access the scope of the breach.  Why?  Because if the law firm truly directs and manages the internal investigation and … Read More

Drone Registration Requirements Reinstated

Changes in the newly passed National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Trump on Dec. 12, 2017 will affect those who receive drones as gifts this holiday season. According to new regulations in the NDAA, all drone owners now are required to register their unmanned aircraft systems with the Federal Aviation Administration. This reinstates a requirement that the FAA had … Read More

After the Water Recedes: Resources for Hurricane Harvey Flood Victims and Lawyers Advising Them

Despite having practiced law for over two decades, in the initial chaos following the flood it was difficult for me to locate straightforward and reliable information regarding FEMA relief (and its limitations), flood insurance information, and near term remediation advice. With that in mind, I am posting the following links that I think are helpful starting points for flood victims and the lawyers seeking to advise them:

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Using the GIANT iPad Pro for Lawyer Work

I have been using successive generations of iPads in my litigation practice since 2010, so I was more than a little curious about the newest addition to the iPad family, the iPad Pro.  Since my iPad 4 (on right above) was almost three years old, I was able to convince myself that I “needed” the Pro. I have now been using it on … Read More

Don’t Be that Luddite Lawyer

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word Luddite describes “one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest [for fear of losing their jobs]; broadly: one who is opposed to especially techno­logical change.” Being an out of the closet technophile, I frequently en­counter self-described “luddite law­yers” who brag about their lack of … Read More

Form of Consent to Robo Calls in PayPal User Agreement Violates the TCPA Warns FCC

Last week the FCC sent a strongly worded letter to PayPal regarding amendments to the PayPal User Agreement to become effective July 1, 2015. The FCC warned PayPal that the changes may violate provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which restricts the use of autodial, prerecorded, and artificial voice calls, including text messages. The provision of the new PayPal … Read More

Useful iPad Apps for Lawyers – Summer 2015

Here they are- the Hytech Lawyer’s updated iPad Application recommendations for Summer 2015.  The basic criteria for inclusion are that the App be practical, useful for lawyers, easy to use, and among the best in class. If you think there is a great App that we are overlooking, please let me know- Enjoy! EMAIL, CONTACT AND CALENDAR INTEGRATION MS … Read More

Technological Disruption and Lawyers

Technology is rapidly changing the practice of law forever. For example, advances in ediscovery tools have made discovery much more efficient, even as the volume of documents to be located, gathered and processed has grown exponentially. Mostly gone are the days of dozens of full price partner track associates manually reviewing hundreds of thousands or even millions of paper documents. … Read More