Litigation support services company DSi has hired Brian McGraw to be its director of information technology. McGraw comes to downtown-based DSi from Des Moines, Iowa, where he was IT director at Belin McCormick, a 30-attorney law firm. A graduate of Upper Iowa University, he also has served as the IT manager at Feed Energy/Riverhead Resources.
Amid their late-session surge in activity, state lawmakers this week passed a bill reforming several aspects of workplace-related litigation. Among other things, the changes cap compensatory damages that can be awarded — aligning state statutes with their federal counterparts — and streamlines the path for whistleblower claims. Baker Donelson attorneys Ben Bodzy and Larry Eastwood, who drafted most of the legislation, have a summary here.
Under the new legislation, an employee may only proceed under the statutory claim, which requires the employee to prove that the alleged whistleblowing was the "sole cause" of the termination. This effectuates the legislature's "sole cause" standard already incorporated into the TPPA, and it prevents employees from invoking the common law's lower causation standard. The effect of this legislation will be to facilitate the defense of questionable whistleblower claims.
SEE ALSO: The bill summary from The General Assembly's website
Music Row-based law firm Crownover Blevins has recruited real estate attorney Phil Irwin as of counsel. Irwin grew up in Maryland, where he also was a real estate broker and still owns a title company. He brings Crownover's attorney roster to five. The firm also said Charity Asher has come on board as executive assistant and that it has moved its offices from the second floor to the third floor of its 54 Music Square East home.
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