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Corporation Bylaws, LLC Operating Agreement, Partnership Agreement, Capital Contributions Agreement, Buy-Sell Agreement, Scope of Work, Independent Contractor/Subcontractor Agreement, Master Services Agreement (MSA), Service Level Agreement (SLA), Consulting Agreement, Content/Course Creation Agreement, Termination/Release/Settlement Agreement, Assignment/Transfer Agreement, Work Made for Hire Agreement, Employment Agreement, Profit/Revenue Sharing Agreement, Joint Venture Agreement, Arbitration/Dispute Resolution Agreement, Noncompetition/Noncompete Agreement, Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), Confidentiality Agreement, Nonpoaching/Nonrecruitment Agreement, Nonsolicitation Agreement, Lease Agreement, and more

Non-Employee Classification/Status (independent contractor, intern, apprentice), Misappropriation, Infringement, Shareholder Dispute, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Licensing Board Grievances/Disputes, Defamation (libel and slander), and more

Business Plan (legal), Small Business Management and Operations (legal), Contract Negotiation, and more

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(100% remote) North Carolina, including but not limited to: Wake County, Durham County, Orange County; Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Greenville, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Concord, Asheville; the greater RTP/Research Triangle Park area, the greater RDU area, the greater Piedmont Triad area, the greater Cape Fear area; and beyond

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Spelman College
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North Carolina Central University School of Law
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Professional Experience
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Various Awards for trial, moot court, and speech competitions
North Carolina Central University School of Law
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North Carolina State Bar  # 51083
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 51083
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Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation
    Entertainment & Sports Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Independent Contractor, Noncompete/Nonsolicit/Nondisclosure (NDA), Defamation
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I need to know the status of the trademark for the triple goddess image. Triple moon image it seems as it is inactive
A: For federal trademark registration status, you could search the records of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The database is known as "TESS." For state trademark registration status, you would need to search the records for each state. However, keep in mind that the US recognizes unregistered ("common law") trademark rights. So, the fact that something isn't currently registered as a trademark doesn't mean that nobody has trademark rights to it. Also, determining the steps that YOU would need to take to register a specific trademark involves much more than merely figuring out its current registration status. For example, it involves analyzing such factors as what products or services you use it for, where you use it, whether it is confusingly similar to another trademark for similar products or services, etc. If you are considering registering a trademark on your own, the USPTO website has a lot of information to help get you started. In fact, the USPTO used to offer a free course. You might want to check to see if that's still available. Last, having a knowledgeable trademark attorney conduct a comprehensive analysis can help you avoid either infringing on someone else's rights or wasting your money on an application that won't likely be approved. Good luck!
Q. Can the company that I am working with now prevent me from leaving the company by asking other companies no to hire me?
A: An agreement between two companies prohibiting one from hiring the other's employees is not strictly forbidden in North Carolina, although it must be written to comply with some fairly specific rules. Depending on how it is written and what purpose it is intended to serve, such an agreement may be called a "Non-Competition/Non-Compete," "Non-Solicitation," "Non-Poaching," or "Non-Recruiting/Recruitment" agreement, to name a few. As for being treated differently, not all discrimination is unlawful discrimination. In the context of employment, discrimination is usually only unlawful if it is related to a protected class -- race, sex, disability, age, etc. Also, in most cases, a claim for unlawful employment discrimination must be reported and pursued within a short period of time. Otherwise, it is considered waived/forfeited. With that being said, an attorney would need to evaluate the specific facts of your situation in order to be able to provide legal advice. For example, to be able to assess how just how enforceable the agreement between the two companies may be, an attorney would need to review the agreement itself. You might consider consulting with a knowledgeable attorney about your specific rights and potential options. Good luck!
Q. How to correctly compose a letter under Article 17 U.S. Code § 512?
A: A DMCA Takedown Notice must be tailored to each specific situation. So, an attorney would need to review the evidence to be able to compose one or help someone else compose one. Also, keep in mind that a response other than or in addition to standard DMCA Takedown Notice language might be warranted, and that there are potential consequences (including financial) to a wrongful takedown. With that being said, there is a sample on the US Copyright Office website: https://www.copyright.gov/512/sample-notice.pdf Before using any sample legal language, be sure to consult with a knowledgeable attorney about tailoring it to your specific needs. Good luck!
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