Design Contracts Imposing Duties Beyond Ordinary Care Create Extraordinary Risk

Design professionals are under assault by those in the construction industry determined to contractually alter the standard of care that applies to these design professionals’ work. Every design professional and construction contracts comes with its own set of risks. But design professionals that agree to heighten the standard of care that applies to their work not only subject themselves to extraordinary risks, but also jeopardize their available insurance coverage when mistakes are made. In ancient times, the standard of care for builders was to do exactly what the king, pharaoh, or ruler ordered them to do. If they failed to adhere to those exacting standards, severe consequences, includi

Steven Ladik Named to Best Lawyers® List for 25th Consecutive Year

Steven M. Ladik has again been honored by his peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ladik has been so honored in the area of immigration law in all 25 editions. Mr. Ladik is a Managing Member of Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC. He is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and represents numerous professional golfers on the LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR. He also serves as the outside Immigration Counsel to the National Football League. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1989- present). Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the w

Should Employers Include "No Rehire" Clauses In Separation Agreements?

When terminating an employment relationship, a separation agreement can be a prudent strategy for managing the risk of a subsequent lawsuit. Such an agreement typically offers monetary or other consideration in exchange for a waiver or release of all claims, including claims of harassment and discrimination. A waiver or release, however, generally cannot lawfully discharge future claims, including claims based upon denials of applications for re-employment. To manage this risk, it is common for separation agreements to include “no rehire” clauses. Such a clause can include an agreement by a former employee to (1) refrain from applying for or seeking employment, reemployment or reinstatement,

How Can An Individual Athlete Obtain A "Green Card?"

A green card is the document issued by the federal government that signifies that one has acquired lawful permanent resident status which allows the person to reside permanently in the U.S., subject to restrictions and cancellation primarily tied to criminal behavior. While one must renew the card to update it every 10 years, this is normally a formality. After 5 years as a lawful permanent resident, one can apply for U.S. citizenship (3 years if the card was obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen). I am often asked by individual athletes in many sports how they can obtain a green card. While they can keep renewing their temporary P-1 athlete visas for up to 5 years throughout their car

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