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Privacy Shield Approved by E.U. & U.S.

Written by: Chiara Portner view article online The new Privacy Shield, the successor to the defunct Safe Harbor, was officially approved by E.U. and U.S. officials today.  U.S. businesses may start certifying to the Privacy Shield in just a few short weeks on August 1, 2016. The Privacy Shield sets forth seven primary privacy principles [...]

July 12th, 2016|

Privacy Shield Package

Written by: Chiara Portner view article online U.S. businesses that have been anxiously awaiting the draft of the new Privacy Shield, the successor to the EU-US Safe Harbor, now have some reading to do.  On February 29, 2016, the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the European Commission released the terms of the Privacy Shield. The [...]

March 1st, 2016|

What is the most likely EEOC charge your company will face? If you guessed age, race or gender discrimination, you’re wrong

Written by: Greg Wrenn view article online The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") just released their Fiscal 2015 report on enforcement and litigation data.  Nearly 90,000 new charges were filed by employees complaining of workplace discrimination and seeking enforcement action by the EEOC. While discrimination claims and enforcement actions continue in areas of race, gender, age, and disability, [...]

February 17th, 2016|

Is San Luis Obispo the Next Silicon Valley?

Written by: Donica Forensich view article online Entrepreneurs in the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) are giving Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a run for their money in turning out smart, experienced, knowledgeable and energetic entrepreneurs through a number of programs, including its SLO HotHouse Incubator Program. Paradigm Counsel has enjoyed working with these [...]

February 9th, 2016|

Post-Safe Harbor Practical Privacy Tips

Written by: Chiara Portner view article onlilne It has been a month since the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) found that the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework is no longer a valid compliance mechanism to establish adequacy for European companies and individuals to transfer personal information to U.S. companies in the Schrems decision. The decision was [...]

November 10th, 2015|

What does Fairness Require in Distressed Venture Capital Financings?

Written by: Marek Adamo view article online A recent line of Delaware cases underscores the need for venture-backed companies to be mindful of fairness when faced with highly dilutive down-round financings and recapitalizations. The typical scenario that leads to a highly dilutive transaction is well-known to those in the venture capital community:  a VC-backed startup [...]

October 27th, 2015|

Make sure your online services contract includes an arbitration clause

BY: Greg Wrenn Attorney, Paradigm Counsel view article on Seattle Business Magazine's Website Nearly 2 out of 3 Seattle area companies with online services who received venture capital funding in the last year have a big "kick me" sign on their backs when it comes to class action risks, and only 1 in 9 have [...]

October 26th, 2015|

U.S.- EU Safe Harbor Scheme is Invalid

Written by Chiara Portner link to article Today, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) handed down a preliminary ruling in the Schrems case.  The Schrems argued that the U.S. government’s alleged access to the personal data of EU citizens collected by Facebook meant that Facebook did not provide adequate protection for the personal data of [...]

October 6th, 2015|

How Can Young Lawyers Prosper in Today’s Market?

By Nick Gaffney on September 14, 2015 link to original article Few successful people agree about how they got there. Is it always doing right, adding value, bouncing back from failure, keeping your nose to the grindstone, or a combination of all of the above? Mindful of the pressures of law practice, and the stamina, [...]

September 14th, 2015|


Maureen Dorney and Chiara Portner are partners with Paradigm Counsel LLP, a Silicon Valley law firm providing innovative legal services to emerging growth and technology companies. Paradigm’s lawyers function as an integral part of their client’s business team and offer flexible and creative billing arrangements. After working at large law firms for over 20 years, [...]

April 22nd, 2014|