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CISPA – Evil Spawn of SOPA and PIPA?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

The House of Representatives has passed The Cyber Information and Security Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and introduced not long after SOPA and PIPA were abandoned in the wake of a popular uprising of opposition.


Is that legal?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

As attorneys, we sometimes get asked this broad open-ended question in a variety of contexts. Often the answer is equally broad, such as “It depends”. Let’s take just one example of how this question recently came up. I represent a number of clients who provide various consulting services. Just like attorneys, they need to enter […]


Cycling – Good for You, Good for the Economy

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

And now, for something completely different: I ride my bike to work, whenever possible – preferably 5 days/week. I can take the short route which is only about a mile, or I can take a longer route, which is closer to 4 miles, and more scenic.


How to simplify and improve any contract

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

You get an agreement from a new vendor. You start to read it and your eyes glaze over. “In the event that….provided, however,…..including but not limited to…… For the avoidance of doubt……….” And on and on it goes. What gobbledygook. Of course this stuff is hard to read! So is quantum physics, but that’s because […]


Do It Yourself Contracts – Who’s in Charge?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

In previous posts we’ve dealt with “boilerplate” clauses such as waiver, jurisdiction and venue, and integration. Today we will talk about two related clauses: the “assignment” clause and the “binding effect” clause.


Do It Yourself Contracts – What’s a Waiver?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

We’ve been talking the past few posts about boilerplate language in contracts. This standardized language that falls towards the end of almost all contract documents might seem to be excessive and pointless, especially when you’re trying to do the writing yourself.


Equity Concepts and Client Service

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

One of our good business clients, Equity Concepts, based in Henrico, VA, is  celebrating their 20th anniversary. Sands Anderson’s Tom Ebel, recently spent some time talking with Michael Thaler, president of Equity Concepts, about their success and our relationship.


Do It Yourself Contracts – What’s the Risk?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

In the last post we talked about boilerplate clauses, specifically, the “integration clause.” There are lots of other boilerplate sections that might seem to just be boring and unnecessary text, something you might drop if you didn’t know why they exist. Let’s look at two more. Example one is the jurisdiction and choice of law clause. […]


Do It Yourself Contracts – Is Boilerplate Necessary?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

Ever heard someone say, when reviewing a contract with you, “that’s just boilerplate, don’t worry about it…” ? Maybe you and a customer considered saving some money by drafting your own agreement and decided to skip all that “boilerplate.”


Virginia – Top State for Business for 2011

By: David Carroll.

  Virginia has topped the charts as the number one state in the nation for doing business according to CNBC.  When it awarded Virginia first place this year, CNBC remarked:  “we are starting to detect a pattern here.”  This is the second time that Virginia has run away with the award for top state for […]