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Monthly Archives from August 2018

Attorneys Jeptha F. Barbour and Crystal T. Broughan named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®

Marks Gray is pleased to announce that Jeptha F. Barbour and Crystal T. Broughan have been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® 2019. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Mr. Barbour was named for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants and Product Liability […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Get All Agreements in Writing

As a business owner, you should ensure that all agreements are in writing. This is important not just for issues relating to intellectual property but for all aspects of your business. Here are a few reasons why. It eliminates incorrect assumptions. Imagine you start a t-shirt business with a colleague. He creates the designs, and you handle operating and marketing. After a year, one particular shirt design has become so popular that a major clothing […]

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The Difference Between Speech and Press: Where They Do and Don’t Overlap

Freedom of speech and freedom of press are covered by many of the same laws. And both concepts are covered under the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Together, they can be referred to […]

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USCIS Policy Change: Outright Visa Denials without a Recourse

USCIS recently announced a major policy change. Officials may immediately reject visa applications at their discretion starting September 11, 2018. Officials are no longer required to send Requests for Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) when they encounter something that could be further explained and supported. This means that more applications will be denied without an opportunity to further explain very technical and specialized issues. If you need guidance for submitting your […]

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Client Review: A Secure Future with His Employer

Our promise to clients is to keep doing great work and helping good clients. Here is a kind note we received from a client who recently became a permanent resident of the United States! We can’t thank you both enough for all the work you put in over the years to help me stay and work in the United States. Monday’s green card immigration interview was kind of surreal, and I’m not sure it’s set […]

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Green Card EB-1 Filing Backlogged until October 2018 – and Beyond

The Department of State (DOS) recently announced that it reached the cap for green card filings in the EB-1 category, which affects all extraordinary ability workers, including managers, executives, athletes, and researchers. This backlog for EB-1 visas is expected to continue beyond October 2018 (the beginning of the new fiscal year) and potentially into 2019. As a result, it is possible that new applications for permanent resident status will no longer be accepted for EB-1 […]

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