2013 Law Journal

It’s a big task to stay on top of local, state and national laws and regulations because they’re complex and ever-changing. But it’s necessary in today’s business world. Having a legal champion to help navigate them makes it easier. That’s where Business North Carolina’s annual Law Journal comes in. Top lawyers practicing in specialties such as government and public policy, corporate finance and commercial transactions, intellectual property and business litigation outline common legal issues Tar Heel businesses face and suggest strategies for managing — and avoiding — litigation. This year’s topics include regulatory reform in Raleigh, ways businesses can raise more capital, changes to filing and prosecuting patents, the fine points of writing an arbitration agreement and why finding the best experts is important not only to a divorcing business owner but the business’s other owners as well. And don’t miss the three steps to protecting valuable company information. We would like to thank the authors for their insight and their firms for their financial support, which makes the Law Journal possible.

Table of Contents

State lawmakers believe fewer regulations will lead to more jobs
by Bruce Thompson

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Emerging businesses have more room to raise capital under the JOBS Act
by Ben Baldwin

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA

The America Invents Act requires new strategies for filing and prosecuting patents
by Arles Taylor

Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt PA

Don't dismiss the details when writing an arbitration agreement
by David Allen, Doug Grimes and Amanda Johnson

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP

When business owners divorce: Proceed with caution in picking experts
by Cathy C. Hunt

Gailor, Wallis & Hunt PLLC

Three steps business owners must take to protect valuable information
by Joshua B. Durham

Poyner Spruill LLP