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Allison Riddle is an associate attorney with Bean, Kinney & Korman, focusing her practice on commercial and civil litigation, employment defense, fraud on the government, and business divorce...


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LATEST NEWS / April 9, 2024

Safeguarding Your Construction Business Against Third-Party Bankruptcy

The ripple effects of a bankruptcy in the construction sector can be far-reaching, impacting not just the entity filing for bankruptcy but also its partners, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners. The financial stability of your construction business can be severely affected by the bankruptcy of a third party, regardless of its tier in the construction process. However, with… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 4, 2024

The Data Center Boom in Prince William County: Growth, Challenges, and Community Impact

The emergence of Northern Virginia, specifically Prince William County, as a burgeoning data center hub encapsulates a dynamic intersection of technological advancement and community response. This region, on track to surpass Loudoun County as the data center capital of the world, exemplifies the massive infrastructural and economic transformations driven by the digital era. With over forty-five existing data centers and… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 3, 2024

Getting to Yes: Traditional Negotiation vs. Mediation in Virginia Divorces

As you navigate the complexities of divorce in Virginia, understanding the best path to reach an agreement on issues such as property division, child custody, and support is crucial. Two primary approaches to resolving these disputes are the traditional negotiation process and mediation. This blog will explore both methods, highlighting their benefits and considerations, to help you choose the path… Read more
LATEST NEWS / March 6, 2024

What to Expect from Divorce Proceedings in Virginia

Divorce represents a major change in a family’s structure. Naturally, going through the divorce process is a challenging life event that not only has emotional complexities, but also financial and legal implications. Understanding the divorce process in Virginia is one way to help remove some of the anxieties surrounding the divorce process. This blog aims to provide a guide on… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 27, 2024

Navigating “Pay-if-Paid” and “Pay-when-Paid” Clauses in DC, Virginia, and Maryland: A Guide for Construction Professionals

In the fast-paced world of construction, managing financial risk is paramount for both general contractors and subcontractors. A critical aspect of this risk management is understanding the contractual mechanisms in place, particularly "Pay-if-paid" and "Pay-when-paid" clauses. These clauses can significantly impact the cash flow and financial stability of the parties involved. Here's what you need to know about these clauses… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 21, 2024

Avoiding the “Sunk Cost Fallacy” in Legal Disputes

When considering a settlement proposal, businesses and individuals alike often fall into the decision-making trap termed the “sunk cost fallacy.” This article will discuss what the sunk cost fallacy is, provide common examples, and explore strategies for avoiding its pitfalls. What is the Sunk Cost Fallacy? The sunk cost fallacy is a concept in economics and behavioral science that describes… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 7, 2024

What is a “Low Wage” Worker and Why It Matters to Virginia Employers

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) announced recently that the average weekly wage, which is used to define “low wage employee” in the Commonwealth would increase to $1,410 per week in 2024, up from $1,343 per week in 2023. Why might that matter if you are a Virginia employer? Since 2020, Virginia law has prohibited employers from entering,… Read more
LATEST NEWS / January 31, 2024

Essential Steps for Modifying Child Support and Custody in Virginia

Navigating the complexities of child support and custody orders can be challenging. Every family, and every child, has different needs that should be addressed while also working within the framework of Virginia laws and statutes. Custody orders are entered after consideration of a number of statutorily defined factors all focusing on the best interests of the child, while child support… Read more
LATEST NEWS / January 22, 2024

Generative AI and Intellectual Property: Navigating the Trademark Terrain 

Introduction: Beyond Copyrights - The Trademark Frontier In our previous exploration of generative AI, we pierced the veneer of copyrights. Today, we venture further into the realm of Intellectual Property (IP), focusing on another cornerstone: trademarks. As AI's prowess expands, the boundaries of trademarks are increasingly tested, compelling us to reexamine foundational principles in this AI-infused era. Trademarks: The Essence… Read more
LATEST NEWS / January 22, 2024

When Stormy Weather Closes Your Business, Do You Still Have to Pay Your Employees?

For the first time in more than two years, the northern Virginia area was blanketed by a significant winter storm recently, with enough snow accumulation that many businesses made the decision to close for the day. Those office closures likely raised questions that many Virginia employers hadn’t thought about for a while: Do I have to pay my employees, if… Read more
LATEST NEWS / January 16, 2024

The Labyrinth of Civil Disputes: A Litigator’s Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

In the world of civil litigation, the pursuit of resolution does not always necessitate the formal battleground of a courtroom. As a practical litigator at Bean, Kinney & Korman, I recognize how valuable it is to guide parties through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process—often a more collaborative and empowering pathway to settle disputes. ADR encompasses a spectrum of methodologies,… Read more
LATEST NEWS / January 8, 2024

What is “Beneficial Ownership” under the Corporate Transparency Act?

In a move to fortify transparency within corporate America, the enactment of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA or Act) and its implementing regulations have introduced critical changes to the reporting and disclosure requirements for businesses. A central aspect of this legislation is the concept of “beneficial ownership.” This term, crucial yet complex, is essential for compliance officers, business owners, and… Read more
LATEST NEWS / December 19, 2023

Significant Changes in District of Columbia Divorce Law

The District of Columbia has been a no-fault jurisdiction for a long time. However, on December 3, 2023, the D.C. City Council enacted D.C. Act 25-322 (originally introduced in 2019 as “Elaine’s Law”), which materially alters the statutory grounds for divorce and amends the factors that a Court may consider when equitably dividing property and/or making an award of alimony.… Read more
LATEST NEWS / December 19, 2023

Generative AI and Copyright Law: The Future Awaits Deciphering

Introduction: Embracing the Digital Renaissance In the expansive digital universe, few technological marvels evoke as much fascination and debate as generative AI. At its core, this technology, powered by intricate algorithms, challenges conventional notions of creativity by producing content autonomously, often surpassing human capabilities in nuance and complexity. But as with all disruptive innovations, its rapid ascent brings with it… Read more
LATEST NEWS / December 7, 2023

Divorce Considerations for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Virginia

Navigating through a divorce is a challenging journey, and it becomes particularly intricate when one or both of the parties has an ownership interest in a business. For entrepreneurs, a divorce is not just a personal transition; it's an event that can have profound implications on their business. The process involves not only emotional and personal adjustments but also critical… Read more

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