Two Lawyers Join Forces to Create Business Litigation Firm

Beckstead Terry PLLC.

These two lawyers have joined forces to bring business Litigation to a new level.

According to an article recently completed by the Austin Business Journal, two lawyers are coming together to launch an employment and commercial litigation focused law firm.  Amy Beckstead and Jana Terry, two attorneys with long histories working in commercial litigation, will be working together to found and create the new firm.  The pair of women have known each other for quite some time, first becoming acquainted through a locale female attorney networking group entitled the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association, which was conceived, formed and set into motion by Beckstead herself.

Beckstead and Terry have been acquainted since meeting at the organization, and have only grown closer since their first meeting.  In the time since they have met, the pair has found that their approaches to serving clients is identical.  Both women have a priority on focusing to provide responsive, strategic and practical advice to clients.  Together, Beckstead and Terry feel that their joining forces will allow them to leverage their respective skills and optimize the services provided to their clients.

Amy Beckstead brings experience in working for a firm to the table—in knowing and completing the day to day tasks required to keep a law firm in operation.  She is licensed to practice in two states—California and Texas.  Prior to forming the new firm, she worked for DLA Piper, a large international law firm.  Jana Terry, on the other hand, has experience in running law firms, as she has been the key figure in running a commercial litigation firm for the last three years.  Prior to this, she worked for Greenberg Taurig, one of the largest law firms in the United States.

The firm formed by the two female lawyers will be entitled Beckstead Terry PLLC.  The company will be based in Austin and focus on business and employment litigation.

Cybersecurity Continues to be a Problem for Businesses

Cybersecurity

A lack of Cyberecurity is costing businesses billions of dollars and making it easy for hackers to get into their systems.

A new study recently revealed that hackers have cost consumers and businesses between three hundred and seventy five billion dollars and five hundred and seventy five billion dollars worldwide, with North America and European businesses suffering the highest losses.  This figure is only expected to grow, as the government continues to search for solutions to cybersecurity. According to an article recently completed by JD Supra Business Advisor, the Obama Administration has produced a voluntary framework of guidelines that offer up the best practices and standards designed to help companies protect their networks from hackers.  However, these suggestions are just that—voluntary recommendations; it remains to be seen whether the majority of businesses in the United States will implement the plan.

The presidential administration has called on Congress several times in the past to enact legislation to strengthen cybersecurtiy and help businesses combat hackers.  The House and the Senate have both attempted to create and pass legislation to help in the issue.  However, they have always struggled to pass any offerings due to privacy concerns.  This is true in the most recent attempt by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which attempted to pass the Cyber Information Sharing Act, otherwise known as the CISA.  The act insisted upon data being shared between the government and companies, in the basis that open lines of communication would help stop cyber-attacks.  Those who support the bill believe that this sharing of information can help protect businesses from future litigation and lawsuits, as disclosing the data and details of any cyber-breaches could cut back on the legal aspects of the process.  Those who oppose the bill, however, believe this requirement to share information fails to protect the privacy of Americans.

Regardless of those for and against this bill, all can agree that something needs to be done on the issue.  Currently, the lack of federal legislation means businesses must develop and execute their own form of cybersecurity.  These plans are often complicated—including provisions for protecting valuable data and a plan of action should a cyber-breach actually occur.  While preparation is of course necessary, it is only made more difficult by the fact that businesses are alone in the task.