Leading Through Chaos

By: Brian McCormac | 04.02.2020

  I recently had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on “Leading through Chaos” with Dawn Buzynski of Strategic America and Vince Newendorp of Vermeer.  Little did any of us know that about two weeks later the stock market would crater, a global pandemic would cause most of the nation to be placed Read…

Protecting Trade Secrets During a Pandemic

By: Brian McCormac | 03.30.2020

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have been forced to require employees to work remotely.  Requiring large numbers of people to work from home helps limit the spread of the virus and enables business to continue.  However, employees working remotely can pose challenges to a company’s valuable trade secrets.  Trade secrets can Read…

Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Shipping Terms

By: Brian McCormac | 06.17.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mariah Kauder, and BrownWinick attorney, Brian McCormac If you have been party to a contract for the sale of goods, the options for shipping terms might seem like a mystery of far too similar terms that can manage to make a world of difference. Understanding when the risk Read…

Responding to a Breach Incident

By: Brian McCormac | 05.30.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Law Clerk, Casey Sievert, and BrownWinick attorney, Brian McCormac With the growing number of data security incidents and the potential for bet-the-company sized risks, it is crucial to know how to navigate such an event. BrownWinick’s data security and privacy team specializes in helping businesses understand the next steps after they discover Read…

Contract Brewing – A Strategy for “Right Sizing” Brewery Production

By: Brian McCormac | 09.19.2018

One of the toughest decisions a brewery owner must make is deciding how much production capacity is the right amount.  Starting (or expanding) a brewery is a huge decision.  Brewing equipment is expensive and filling excess production capacity can be a tediously slow process.  After an expansion, a brewery owner may spend many sleepless nights Read…

Who Has Your Data? And What Are They Doing With It?

By: Brian McCormac | 06.11.2018

BrownWinick attorneys Drew Larson and Brian McCormac were quoted in an article titled, “Who Has Your Data? And What Are They Doing With It?,” in the June 2018 edition of the City View Magazine.Drew LarsonMEMBER OFFICE: 515-242-2485 EMAIL: drew.larson@brownwinick.com brownwinick.com/our_attorneys/drew-d-larson/ Read…

GDPR is Here-Is Your Business Ready?

By: Brian McCormac | 05.24.2018

When you think of Black Friday, you may cringe about stampeding customers seeking bargains the day after Thanksgiving.  However, Friday, May 25, 2018 brings an entirely different source of dread for businesses: compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  You are not alone if your business is not ready for GDPR, as a recent Read…

A Huge Win For Iowa’s Great Distilleries!

By: Brian McCormac | 05.11.2017

The law, as it was written, allowed Iowa breweries and wineries to serve alcohol on site to paying customers.  However, Iowa distilleries did not enjoy a similar privilege.  This meant that Iowa distilleries could not sell a glass of their spirits to visiting customers.  This Prohibition era restriction limits customer engagement with Iowa distilleries which Read…

Invalidation of Safe Harbor, EU to US Data Security Measures Tested, Failed

By: Brian McCormac | 03.04.2016

Historically, European nations have placed much greater emphasis on data security than the United States, and the European Union has taken a proactive approach to protecting the privacy of its residents. In the mid-1990s, the EU implemented a comprehensive data protection law, called the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection. Conversely, the United States has Read…

Don’t Gamble With Your Business . . . Tips on Running a Lawful Prize Promotion

By: Brian McCormac | 09.18.2014

Prize giveaway promotions are a great way to generate publicity and promote your company and its products.  However, media reports that your promotion is illegal disprove the notion that the only bad publicity is no publicity.  Indeed, an unlawful promotion can damage your brand, hurt your business, and expose you to substantial legal liability. As Read…