About Canaan Suitt, J.D.

Canaan Suitt, J.D.
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Canaan Suitt received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. After serving as a senior editor for the law school’s comparative law blog, he was a staff member of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (ELPR). As a legal intern at the National Center for State Courts, he assisted in international rule of law projects and policy review; as a research assistant, he studied political dynamics in the U.S. federal judiciary. His articles on law and philosophy have been published in the ELPR as well as the academic journal Dewey Studies. He loves using his background in research and writing to make legal information accessible. Canaan currently writes for SuperLawyers.com. In his free time, he enjoys reading, travel, and being a cat dad.

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What Are My Legal Rights When Fired from a Job?

Insight on some legal FAQs about job termination and employee rights

Having your job terminated can be an extremely stressful and uncertain time. If you are facing termination or have recently been let go, you're probably wondering what your legal rights are following termination. This article will answer some of these common questions. If you suspect your employer violated your rights—for example, through wrongful termination or not providing the pay you're entitled to—consider speaking with an employment law attorney about your situation for legal advice. …

Understanding the Role of Retaliation in Wrongful Termination Cases

And when you may have a retaliation claim

Most employees in the United States work at will. This means that just as they can leave their job for any reason and at any time, their employer can terminate them for any reason—except unlawful reasons. Of the many unlawful reasons that an employer could fire an employee, retaliation is the most commonly alleged, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal government agency that handles employment discrimination claims. This article will briefly explain what …

How Do I Know if I Have a Wrongful Termination Claim?

Ask yourself these four questions about the types of wrongful termination

Also known as wrongful dismissal or wrongful discharge, wrongful termination is an employee's illegal firing or removal. To bring a successful wrongful termination claim, employees must prove their rights were violated. This means more than establishing that they were treated "unfairly"—an employer must have violated federal or state laws. To assess whether you may have a wrongful termination claim, ask yourself the following four questions. If you think the answer is "yes," the best course …

Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications, and Medical Errors: Potential Lawsuits

Understand the potential causes of birth injury complications and legal options

"Every year, a small number of children are injured due to pregnancy or birth complications," says Peter Villari, a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia whose practice focuses on birth injury lawsuits. He notes that not all birth-related injuries are due to medical negligence. “The majority of people who contact us don’t have a medical malpractice claim. If there isn’t a case, we still try to help them by directing them to communities or agencies that may help them with their …

Cerebral Palsy: Causes, Symptoms, and Legal Considerations

Legal recourse for birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy

"If a child is diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy, it's a 24/7 job for the parents or parents and siblings serving as that child's caregivers," says Peter Villari, a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia who focuses on birth injury law. "Most caregivers only have family resources. Sadly, some don't have even that—the brothers, sisters, mothers, or fathers who can help them and give them respite to care for their child." The Emotional and Financial Impacts of Birth Injuries On top …

Head and Brain Birth Injuries: Legal Options and Potential Lawsuits

How birth injury lawyers work with medical experts to uncover negligence

Injuries to a child's brain during delivery can result in serious brain damage and permanent disabilities requiring lifelong medical care. The costs of lifelong care are enormous, says Peter M. Villari, a medical malpractice attorney at Villari, Giannone & Matteo in Philadelphia who focuses on birth trauma cases. When a child's birth injuries were due to medical negligence, affected families can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible healthcare providers for financial …

The Legal Process and Timeline in Birth Injury Lawsuits

An experienced birth injury lawyer walks you through the general process

“About 10 percent of all children born in this country are born with some type of injury,” says Peter Villari, a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia, whose firm, Villari, Giannone & Matteo, has helped families all over the country recover compensation for birth injuries. “Not all of those cases are due to medical negligence—only around 1-1.5 percent are injuries that could have been prevented. So, it’s not a lot. This bespeaks a medical system that is generally …

New Tech, Old Law: How Legal Expertise Helps Technology Transactions Succeed

And what to look for in a technology transactions attorney

When you think about technology and business, your mind might go to multinational tech companies like Apple, Google, or Microsoft. These companies are undoubtedly major players in the tech industry, but the reality is that companies of all sizes and industries—from healthcare to education to real estate and beyond—now use and rely on technology in their business. The technologies that businesses use are constantly changing. And while they often lag behind, the laws and policies regulating …

What is Technology Transactions Law?

A legal practice area that combines the old and new in law and technology

From smartphones to artificial intelligence, streaming to the Internet of things, GPS to blockchain—technology is integral to daily life in our digital age and constantly evolves. To remain competitive, companies in the technology industry and beyond constantly adapt their business strategies to leverage new technologies. At the same time, governments craft new laws and policies to regulate their use and impact. Against this backdrop of greater technological reliance and change, technology …

How Tech Transaction Lawyers Help Clients Comply with Data Privacy Laws

Staying informed and responding to legal developments

“It seems like every time I turn around, another state is enacting a privacy law or changing the one they already have,” says Michael Oliver, a technology transactions attorney with Oliver & Grimsley in Towson, Maryland. “[Data privacy] is a very dynamic area of the law.” Given the rapid legal advancements around data protection and cybersecurity law, Oliver says that any company engaged in “collecting personal information or processing, storing, or transmitting it should have …

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