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Jessica Centers Glynn is a writer and teacher in Denver, Colorado. She earned her journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her award-winning reporting has also appeared in The Anniston Star and Westword.

Articles written by Jessica Glynn

The Birth of Bad Faith

William Shernoff and his seminal Egan v. Mutual of Omaha case

Fifty years ago, personal injury attorney William Shernoff stood before a California jury as it awarded a record-breaking $5.1 million in punitive damages against Mutual of Omaha for mishandling his client’s disability claim. It was a huge verdict for 1974, and for Shernoff personally, who was 35 years old and just starting to try cases. But there was no one in the courtroom gallery to hear it. “It was empty,” he says. “I remember feeling like, ‘Gee, I just did this nice big verdict …

The Four Factors of Fair Use

What everyday people need to know about copyright law

As an intellectual property lawyer, Joshua Graubart often fields questions from artists like documentary filmmakers about how they can include video clips, images, songs, or other creative works in their projects without violating copyright law. “Fair use is a four-factor balancing test, but there’s a joke among copyright lawyers that we have clients who think it’s a two-factor test: Do I want to use it, and do I want to pay?” says Graubart, of Romano Law. The …

The Deal of the Art

The problematic past (stolen antiquities) and problematic future (AI) of art law

In 2018, Laura Young was browsing her local Goodwill in Austin, Texas, when a marble bust caught her eye. Upon feeling its 52-pound weight, she was pretty sure it was worth more than its $34.99 price tag and promptly bought it. In the car, she carefully strapped the head with a seatbelt—a photo that would later be widely circulated in newspapers around the world—and went home to start calling auction houses. A Sotheby’s provenance researcher was able to identify it as a 2,000-year-old …

What to Do if Your Employer’s Disability Insurer Rejects Your Claim

Florida attorneys share insights on the insurance appeal process

Filing any disability claim—and especially disputing a denial—can be daunting. “People don’t know where to begin,” says Geannina Burgos of the Dabdoub Law Firm in Coral Gables, who represents employees in disputes with employer-sponsored disability insurance companies. “Even though, statistically, one out of four people have to file some type of disability claim in their lifetime.” What Does Disability Insurance Cover? Employers do not have to provide short- or long-term …

What Laws Apply When Sailing on a Cruise Ship?

Attorneys explain how the rules are different on the high seas

As many travelers re-boarded cruise ships following the COVID-19 pandemic, the mom of Heather Ragone, a transportation & maritime lawyer at Gallo Vitucci Klar in New York City, was among them. She arrived at port for a cruise out of New York with her negative COVID-19 test and fully completed vaccine card in hand. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had ended its program of monitoring case numbers on cruise ships. Likewise, restrictions around masks or quarantining …

Fighting Long-Term Care Abuse in Colorado

How to guard against nursing home abuse or neglect, and what to do if it occurs

As a lawyer who has sued nursing homes for abuse and neglect, Anna Holland Edwards can give advice on how to prove such claims in the state of Colorado, but she knows it’s more important to first talk about how to prevent the kinds of cases she sees most often: wrongful death. Find the Right Long-Term Care Facility “I see a lot of preventable deaths, especially falls, a lot of infections that are caught really late, and dehydration,” says the civil rights and wrongful death attorney at …

The Multifaceted Dr. Funk

Renaissance man Markus Funk on Kosovo, the Casino trials, and the battle against human trafficking

When Dr. T. Markus Funk stood in a packed courtroom in downtown Chicago in 2007 to deliver a five-hour closing argument in the biggest mob murder prosecution in U.S. history, he knew the long line of onlookers wasn’t there to see him. They wanted to catch a glimpse of Frank Calabrese Sr. and the other mobsters made famous by Martin Scorsese in Casino, who were being prosecuted for the same brutal homicides the movie depicted. “It’s a weird thing, but people fawn over these guys,” he …

Three Tips to Help Your Georgia M&A Deal Succeed

Georgia lawyers give tips on M&A strategies and deal success

Erica Opitz once represented the owner of a chemical company who spent 30 years building his business. He was, she says, a “big picture guy.” When he decided to sell, due diligence turned out to be a challenge. “He was not the most organized person,” says Opitz, a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta. “Throughout the whole process, he’d be like, ‘I visited my mom’s house and found this box of contracts in the basement,’ or ‘Look, I found this …

‘I Was Lucky’

Danny Abir’s journey from Iran to building law firms

Danny Abir says he wouldn’t change a thing. Not fleeing Iran at age 16 to avoid being drafted into a war, and leaving behind his family and everything he knew. Not those first lonely years in the U.S., and working full-time through undergrad, law school and two LLMs. Not even the failed law partnership that left him restarting in his 40s. “Everything in my life has a reason,” he says of the long road toward founding Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo. “I believe true happiness is finding what you …

Merging Risks and Rewards in New York

What to look for—and look out for—in your merger or acquisition

You’ve built a successful business and now there’s an acquisition on the horizon with a nice payday to reward the fruits of your labor. But don’t plan that getaway just yet; lawyers focusing on mergers and acquisitions say now’s the time to work harder than ever. Running Your Business During the M&A Transaction “You’ve got to continue to run your business during a prospective sale process,” says Kenneth M. Silverman, an M&A attorney at Olshan Frome Wolosky in Manhattan. …

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