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Companies Must be Cybersecurity Compliant – Department of Defense (DoD) Proposes New Certification Process

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division Meeting, Ms. Katie Arrington, the Special Assistant for Cybersecurity to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, updated attendees on DoD’s new approach to addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  She stated the DoD will no longer compromise cybersecurity over performance, cost or scheduling in government contracts.  […]

How to Avoid Shareholder Disputes

In a perfect world, businesses would run seamlessly, shareholders would always agree on decisions, and there would never be legal actions based on claims between and among those who hold shares in the same enterprise. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and shareholder disputes are unfortunately a reality in many companies, large […]

Most Common Causes of Shareholder Disputes

No relationship is perfect — and that includes business relationships. Disagreements are inevitable even in situations that seem the most amicable, such as family-held companies. Disputes may involve absolutely anything concerning the business, from everyday operating procedures to how the company is being managed. Some of the most common shareholder disputes including the following: Direction […]

SBA Proposes New Certification Procedure for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed an amendment to its regulations on how Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) are certified.  The WOSB and EDWOSB certification is required in order for these businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract Program which restricts competition for these federal contracts to […]

What Is a Shareholder Agreement and Do I Need One?

Having a solid foundation is crucial to any business, and in the context of enterprises that have shareholders, one of the key components of that foundation is a shareholder agreement. In short, yes, you need one. A shareholder agreement is a voluntary and consensual contract among and between those individuals who hold shares in the […]

How does my divorce or divorce proceeding affect my tax filing?

From the perspective of the IRS Your marital status is determined by the status of the marriage on the last day of the taxable year.  In other words, if you are not divorced by December 31, 2018 then in the eyes of the IRS, you will still need to file as married either jointly or […]

Widerman Malek sponsors National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) 2019 “Block Kids” competition

Widerman Malek is proud to be the Breakfast Sponsor for the 2019 “Block Kids” competition sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The Block Kids Program is a national building competition sponsored on the local level by the Space Coast Florida Chapter, NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). The program introduces […]

Three Widerman Malek Attorneys Become Partners

Attorneys Kelly G. Swartz, Eric L. Hostetler and J. Mason Williams IV have become partners at the firm! Kelly, as an equity partner, is board certified in intellectual property law and practices in the areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and unmanned systems.  Kelly serves as chair of the Board […]

Ask the Question – Avoiding Bid Protest and Contract Disputes

Based on my 25 years of experience in practicing federal procurement law, the single biggest cause of bid protests and contract disputes is the failure to “ask the question.”  While I can’t tell you what the question is because it’s never the same, I can tell you that by “asking the question” you can save […]

Ed Kinberg Presents Webinar on Small Business Joint Venture Agreements

On November 7, 2018, Widerman Malek attorney Ed Kinberg presented a webinar for the Florida 8(a) Alliance on new SBA rules for small businesses and the legal requirements for contracting with the United States Government as a qualified small business through a joint venture or Mentor Protégé agreement with a large business.   Mr. Kinberg is […]

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